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Dan Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. Incorporating dramatic light, shadow and perspective, his urban compositions feature the visual diversity of time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay, renewal and adaptation which proudly display the effects of time as well as the qualities of strength and authenticity. 

A native of Chicago, Graziano spent his formative years in Los Angeles where his artistic vision began taking shape.  His creative pursuits were heavily influenced by the country’s explosive political, cultural and social awakening of the 60’s along with a fascination of the California culture of surfing, hot rods and rock music. Initially focused on a career in advertising and illustration, an unexpected opportunity to engage in architecture and urban planning altered his original direction.

Upon returning to his artistic pursuits, he was drawn to the rich complexity of the urban landscape captured by Edward Hopper and other urbanist painters. As an accomplished blues guitarist (his other great passion), he found the city streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay and repair a strong visual parallel to the spirit and culture of the music.

Recently transplanted to the East Coast, he has added this regions rural characteristics to his subject matter; capturing rugged coastlines, small towns and forgotten roadside relics from Maine to the low country of South Carolina.

“I paint the places and environments I find interesting in my everyday life. I look for unique compositions which involve dramatic contrasts of light, shadow and perspective. I continue to be intrigued by the urban landscapes of inner cities - their active streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay, renewal and adaptation - that proudly display the effects of age and use, which I see as testaments to strength, character and authenticity in contrast with modern society’s demand for newness, imitation, disposability and easy duplication.  I am also drawn to the unique natural beauty of coastlines and rural landscapes.  I am greatly influenced by the American realists such as Sargent, Hopper and the three generations of Wyeths.”


You can visit his website at www.dangrazianofineart.com ,his blog at www.dangrazianoart.blogspot.com or his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dangrazianoart .


Location:        Castine, Maine

Style:              contemporary impressionism, plein air,

Subjects:         coastal and rural landscape, urbanscape, still life, special commissions for private and corporate interiors

Influences:      Hopper, Wyeth, Payne, Sargent, Thiebaud

Galleries:        Morris and Whiteside Galleries

                         New Masters Gallery

                         The Sylvan Gallery

                         Camden Falls Gallery

                         True North Gallery

                         Lucky Hill

Affiliations:      California Art Club

                          Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

                          Oil Painters of America 

                          American Impressionist Society


Exhibitions and Competitions:

• “Easels in Frederick 2014 Plein Air Festival,” (award winner), Frederick, MD
• Solo Show, The Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
• “American Impressionist Society 14th Annual Juried Exhibition,” M Gallery, Charleston, SC
• “CCCA/Olana Plein Air Auction 2013,” Hudson, NY
• “2013 Hilton Head Art Auction,” Hilton Head, SC
• “Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Auction 2013,” Cape Elizabeth, ME
• “Plein Air Richmond 2013” (award winner), Richmond, VA
• “Oil Painters of America 2013 Juried Salon Show,” Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI
• “American Art Invitational 2012,” Saks Gallery, Denver, CO
• “2012 Charleston Art Auction,” Charleston, SC
• “Wayne Plein Air Festival 2012,” Wayne, PA
• “Contemporary Masters: Artistic Eden III 2012,” Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
• “Jonathan Art Foundation Auction” 2012, Los Angeles, CA
• “Plein Air Painting” Group Show 2012, Golden West College Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA
• “2011 Charleston Art Auction”, Charleston, SC
• “13th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational,” Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
• “2011 Just Plein Fun” plein air invitational, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA
• “2011 Summer Salon” Tirage Fine Art, Pasadena, CA
• “Less is More” 2011 (First Place Award), Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc., CA
• “6 Inch Square” 2011 (award winner), Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
• “6 Inch Square” 2010, Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
• “Less is More” 2010, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc., CA
• “Small is Beautiful” 2010, So. Cal. Plein Air Painters Assoc., Newport Beach, CA
• “Modern Landscapes” 2009 (First Place Award), So. Cal. Artists Assoc., Laguna Beach, CA
• “Less Is More” 2009 (award winner), Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc., CA
• “Rialto Visions 2008: Icons and Landmarks of South Pasadena,” SoPas Gallery, South Pasadena, CA
• “Contemporary Realism 2004,” Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
• “New Directions 2002,” Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
• “Georgetown International Art 2002” (Third Place Award), Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC
• “71st Annual Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Show 2002,” Newington-Cropsey Gallery, NY


• “Graziano Wins at Easels in Frederick” July 2014 Cafe des Artistes/Bangor Daily News
• “Dan Graziano Exhibiting at Edward Hopper House Art Center” June 2014 Cafe des Artistes/Bangor Daily News
• 2013 Book of Lists, Philadelphia Business Journal
• “Artists To Watch” June 2012 Southwest Art Magazine


  • 23 Aug 2014
  • Plein Air Workshop in Castine, Maine


  • 11 Feb 2014
  • Painting En Plein Air

    3 Day Workshops With Dan Graziano In Castine, Maine

    Each workshop will focus on painting outdoors from life (en plein air) along with basic art fundamentals of color temperature, value, edges, composition and paint handling. We will also discuss how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, identification of strong focal points and quickly painting “wet on wet” (alla prima) to translate what you see and experience into strong paintings

    Participants will paint every day at a different location around the picturesque coastal town of Castine, Maine. Each class begins with a brief demonstration by Dan followed by everyone painting, with plenty of one-on-one instruction. Beginners to advanced painters are welcome. Workshop fee is $285 (does not include lodging). For more information and a downloadable registration form, visit www.dangrazianofineart.com.

    2014 Plein Air Workshop Schedule

    April 22 through 24
    May 12 through 14
    June 9 through 11
    July 15 through 17
    August 19 through 21

  • 16 Sep 2013
  • American Impressionist Society's 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition

    I am honored to participate in the American Impressionist Society’s 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, which will be held at the M Gallery of Fine Art, 125 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina.  The show will run from September 28th through October 30th and will feature the work of the Society’s most prominent artists from across the country.  Opening receptions will be held on both October 3rd and 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. http://www.americanimpressionistsociety.org/


  • Olana Plein Air Festival

    I will be among 26 participating artists who will capture the historic Olana estate, once owned by the 19th century Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church. The 250-acre historic estate features a Persian-inspired mansion and five miles of carriage drives which traverse the property in much the way that Church created his canvases, with strategically-revealed vistas of one of the most strikingly beautiful places in the Hudson Valley.  Walk the grounds of Olana Thursday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 5th and view artists as they create their paintings of the landscape.  Attend the cocktail reception on October 5th at 4pm with the auction of wet canvases commencing at 5pm. For more information, visit http://cccaartswalk.webs.com/olana-plein-air-festival , or call the Columbia County Council for the Arts at 518-671-6213 or email info@artscolumbia.org to reserve tickets.

  • 5 Jul 2013
  • Oil Painters of America 2013 Juried Show