About the Artist :: Guy Corriero

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Guy attended the School of Visual Arts and The Art Students League in New York City where he studied with John Groth, Earl Mayhan and Mario Cooper. He has a B.A. from C.W. Post College and a M.A. in Humanities from Hofstra University. After teaching studio as well as academic art courses on the college level for 27 years, he finally retired to paint full time but not before he was awarded The New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Guy’s reputation as an excellent teacher was noticed also by Educational Videos of Huntsville, Texas where he made instructional videos entitled “Watercolor Painting Made Easy”.

“The sea in both its fury and calm has always been a fascinating subject to me. I suppose it all began as a lifeguard in Long Beach, L.I. where I spent my formative years,” says Guy. As you can see, most of Guy’s paintings were done on the rocks of Monhegan Island, Maine where he has painted every summer since 1970. It was upon a visit to the Grand Central Gallery in New York that he came upon Fredrick Waugh seascape painted on Monhegan Island that sparked his interest in the rocky and often dramatic coast of Maine. Painting in both watercolors and oils, Mr. Corriero feels that painting on the spot is essential to artistic development and sensitivity to the subject.

“There’s something that gets into the painting that is inexplicable but always recognizable. When painting in my studio I surround myself with plein air paintings done on Monhegan with the intention of obtaining the same atmosphere and sense of immediacy of the smaller pieces.” Equally facile in watercolors and oils, Guy paints both indoors and out. “I think it’s interesting to note that all the watercolors that were chosen for the annual exhibition of The American Watercolor Society were painted from nature.” He explains, “You never know when a great subject is going to pop up somewhere and you just have to paint it!”

Click here to view an article about Guy Corriero in American Artist: Watercolor magazine