Gary Comoglio was born in 1968 in Arcadia, CA., grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. and graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990 with a BFA in Painting. He currently resides in Alameda, California with his wife, Kavita and a beagle, Gilly.
He works at the Academy of Art University in the Fine Art Printmaking Department. His creative mediums are Acrylic Painting and Relief Printmaking. Since 2007, has served on the Board of Directors of the California Society of Printmakers as the Exhibition Director. While serving in this role, he has produced 12 printmaking exhibitions in the bay area, and published an interview with local artist, William T. Wiley.
Relief Printmaking is my primary working medium. My printmaking focuses on fine craftsmanship of unique & self-developed techniques while taking inspiration from Japan, German, and American printmakers. Stylistically, my artwork has gone through several changes over the past 25 years, but currently I am focusing on a variety of single images, segmented by light patterns, naturally abstracted by the tools & materials, and by maximizing the tonal range of colors through a minimal use of printmaking plates/matrix.
My Paintings often replicate the images of my relief prints. I normally hand print 5-10 unique copies of each image in several different color schemes, and use these as the basis for medium and large scale paintings. Often, the paintings will have heavy textures and many layers of paint.
When I am not painting, carving or printing, I have several other passions which include; playing golf, cooking, spending time with family and friends, motorcycling along the magnificent Bay Area’s roads, drinking Sonoma County zinfandels and pinot noirs, eating fine cheeses and chocolates.
For Additional information:
William T Wiley interview: Published by the California Society of Printmakers, Spring 2009 NewsBrief . www.caprintmakers.org
Blog: “The Creative Process of Woodcut Printmaking.” Blog focuses on the challenges in technical and creative aspects of relief printmaking. www.garycomoglio.blogspot.com
Additional Artwork: www.garycomoglio.com