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My Bio


Dan Graziano’s artistic vision began taking shape when his family moved to the West Coast in the early 60’s. It was a time when our country was experiencing an explosive political, cultural and artistic awakening along with a focus on the new California culture of surfing, hot rods and rock music.

His first formal training focused on advertising and illustration, but a career opportunity in architecture and urban planning altered his original direction.

When he returned to painting, he was drawn to the rich complexity of the urban landscape – inspired 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 visual parallel to the spirit and culture of the music. 

During a brief relocation to East Coast, his paintings quickly evolved from inner city streets to expanses of fields and farmhouses.   It was here that he began showing his work in galleries and juried events while deepening his involvement in plein air painting.  He continued his art education through workshops with Ken Auster, Randall Sexton and Tim Horn. 

He now makes Castine, Maine his home - capturing rugged coastlines, historic villages and picturesque landscapes from New England 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 the coastal Maine landscape, encompassing its historic towns, picturesque harbors and enduring maritime legacy.

I am greatly influenced by the American realists such as Eakins, 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 representational, plein air,

Subjects:         coastal and rural landscape, urbanscape, still life

Influences:      Hopper, Wyeth, Payne, Sargent, Thiebaud

Galleries:        Southam Gallery

                         Morris and Whiteside Galleries

                         New Masters Gallery

                         The Sylvan Gallery

Affiliations:       California Art Club

                          Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

                          Oil Painters of America 

                          American Impressionist Society


Exhibitions and Competitions:

• “Plein Air Richmond 2013 ”  Richmond, VA

• “American Art Invitational 2012 ”  Saks Gallery, Denver, CO

• “2012 Charleston Art Auction”, Charleston, SC

• “Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2012”, Wayne, PA

• “Less is More” 2012, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

• “Contemporary Masters: Artistic Eden III” Group Show 2012, Pasadena Museum of History

• “Jonathan Art Foundation Auction” Group Show 2012, Los Angeles, CA

• "Plein Air Painting,"  Golden West College Fine Arts Gallery 2012

“2011 Charleston Art Auction,” Charleston, SC

• “13th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational,” Laguna Art Museum/Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc.

• “2011 Just Plein Fun” plein air invitational, Debra Huse Gallery

• “2011 Summer Salon,” Tirage Fine Art

• “Less is More” 2011 (First Place Award), Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc.

• “6 Inch Square” Group Show 2011 (award winner), Randy Higbee Gallery

• “6 Inch Square” Group Show 2010, Randy Higbee Gallery

• “Less is More” 2010, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc.

• “Small is Beautiful” 2010, Southern California Plein Air Painters Assoc.

• “Modern Landscapes” 2009 (First Place Award), Southern California Artists Assoc.

• “Less Is More” Miniature Show 2009 (Honorable Mention Award), Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc.

• “Rialto Visions 2008: Icons and Landmarks of South Pasadena,” SoPas Gallery

• “Contemporary Realism 2004,” Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD

• “Featured Artist Series 2003”, Kevin Butler Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

• “New Directions 2002,” Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

• “Georgetown International Art 2002” (Third Place Award), Fraser Gallery, Georgetown, MD

• “71st Annual Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Show 2002,” Newington-Cropsey Gallery, Hastings- on-Hudson, NY



  • 16 Apr 2014
  • Spring Studio Sale

    I'm happy to announce a one-day only Spring Studio Sale on Saturday April 19 at Lucky Hill in Castine, Maine.  Choose from a selection of over 50 of my unframed original oil paintings at special prices (with some as low as $99).  These paintings are also available for on-line purchase directly from my web site through the end of May.


  • 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
    September 16 through 18
    October 7 through 9

  • 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