George D. Guzzi Jr.

Title: President
Company: Guzzi Gallery
Location: West Newton, Massachusetts, United States

George Guzzi, President at Guzzi Gallery, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in artwork, illustration and art administration.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology in 1956 from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, Mr. Guzzi followed with an Associate of Arts in 1959 from the Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University). An enthusiastic artist since childhood, as a youth he met cartoonists Al Capp and Milton Caniff, both of whom gave him good advice on how to be a better artist. He initially intended to attend medical school, but he chose to pursue the arts instead.

Mr. Guzzi taught life and figure drawing classes in the evenings from 1959 to 1965. He and his wife Rita, a nationally renowned painter, taught a landscape painting class in Talloires, France for Tufts University for seven years. In 1970, he opened the Guzzi Gallery in West Newton, Massachusetts to exhibit his works and those of others. He specializes in acrylic painting and also frequently utilizes a knife to generate multiple textures within his paintings of Southern Europe, coastal areas of Maine, the female figure and a broad range of air and spacecraft. Mr. Guzzi’s paintings can be viewed at galleries throughout Maine, Florida and Connecticut, the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and numerous artistic collections.

As a member of the United States Air Force Art Program, Mr. Guzzi traveled to Panama, Italy, Germany, Spain and England to document various Air Force activities in more than 80 paintings. In addition, he has participated in the NASA Art Program, chronicling in art astronaut training programs and five Space Shuttle launches. Mr. Guzzi’s paintings were included in NASA’s “Vision of Flight” exhibit featured in several museums all over the world.

Mr. Guzzi has also been in demand as an illustrator for publications such as Cosmopolitan magazine, Redbook magazine, Reader’s Digest and Good Housekeeping. His professional memberships include the American Society of Aviation Artists, American Society of Marine Artists, the NASA and USAF Art Programs and the Society of Illustrators. 

Mr. Guzzi believes his success was the result of years of practice. He started making sketches frequently from a young age. His work often appeared in his high school’s official organ. As a student at Tufts University, he drew more than 200 drawings for posters and announcement. When he was not commissioned for any art work, he would create samples…he simply kept drawing. In coming years, he sees himself continuing to create fine art, doing paintings of Europe and Maine, and perhaps focusing more on figure drawing. Since most of his sports paintings are kept in art museums, he is considering using athletes as the theme of his future work.

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