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Donato Giancola

From the epics of Peter Paul Rubens to the sublime graphics of Mondrian, Donato Giancola’s oil paintings mine classical draftsmanship, narration, and aesthetics of composition to lay a foundation rich in historical associations. Italian figuration, Baroque lighting and Flemish perspectives merge with the power of modern color field theory and post-modern narrative concepts to create convincing illusions and contemplative stories. The power of myth is a favorite inspirational source drawn upon by Donato to create these dramas.

Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York.

Donato’s list of clients has grown to include major book publishers in New York to collectors worldwide: notables include The United Nations, LucasArts, National Geographic, The United States Postal Service, CNN, Microsoft, Simon&Schuster, Random House, Milton-Bradley, and Hasbro.

Merits range from the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators to nineteen Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, three Artist Hugo Awards for outstanding professional work from the World Science Fiction Society, multiple silver and gold medals from the juried annual Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, and notable awards and recognition as a ‘Living Master’ from the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon of realism.

Donato’s studio is in Brooklyn, where he resides with his wife and two daughters.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Studio Assistant to Vincent Desiderio, Long Island City, New York. 1993 to 1997.

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. College of Visual and Performing Arts, BFA Painting, Summa Cum Laude, May 1992.

St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont. Instruction in painting with Lance Richbourg, 1988-89.

University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. College of Engineering and Business Administration, electrical engineering, 1985-88.

EXPERIENCE

Freelance Illustration & Portraiture, Clients include National Geographic, LucasFilm, US Postal Service, The United Nations, Microsoft, Vivendi/Universal, LucasArts, CNN, US Air Force, Milton-Bradley, Hasbro, DC Comics, Playboy, The SciFi Channel, All-American Television, Danbury Mint, Franklin Mint, Free Masons of Philadelphia, Avon Books, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkley, DAW Books, Penguin, Random House, Scholastic, Sega, Simon & Schuster, Tor Books, Warner Books, Iron Crown Enterprises, Five Rings Publishing, and Wizards of the Coast. 1993 to present.

Guest Lecturer, Syracuse University MFA Program for Illustration, BioWare Inc., Society of Illustrators, Virginia Commonwealth University, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Syracuse University Visiting Artist Symposium, School of Visual Arts, Lucca Comic Convention, San Diego ComicCon, World Fantasy Convention, World Science Fiction Convention. 1994 to present.

Instructor, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York. 1995 to present.

Instructor, Master Class in Illustration, Amherst, Massachusetts. 2008 to present.

Instructor, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York, 1999.

Co-Chair Student Scholarship Committee, Society of Illustrators, 1997.

Curator, New Members Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, 1995.

Staff Member, Society of Illustrators, 1992 to 1994.

MEMBERSHIPS, AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS

Society of Illustrators, a member of this New York City based professional organization since 1995.

Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, a member of this professional organization since 1999.

Recognition as a ‘Living Master’ from the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon of Realism

Silver Award: Unpublished, “Shaman’s Loss”, Spectrum XVII: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2010.


Finalist, Figurative Category,”Shaman’s Loss”, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Sleeper”, “Vast Oceans of Truth”, Art Renewal Center International Salon, 2009.


Water: A Parallel Universe, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY 2010

Guest of Honor, DragonCon, Altanta, Georgia, 2010.

Solo Exhibit, Palazzo Ducale, Lucca Comics and Games, Lucca, Italy, November 2009.

Guest of Honor, Lucca Comics and Games, Lucca, Italy, 2009.

Group Exhibition, ‘Spectrum’ Society of Illustrators, New York, New York 2009

Hugo Award: Best Professional Artist, World Science Fiction Society, Montreal, Canada 2009.

Spectrum XVI: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2009.

Chesley Award: Best Hardcover Book Illustration for 2008, ‘Shaman’, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Montreal, 2009.

Chesley Award: Best Editorial Illustration for 2008, ‘The Wraith’, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Montreal, 2009.

Group Exhibition, ‘Mind Machine’, Distinction Gallery, San Diego, California 2009

Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering prerelease tournament, Toronto, Canada, 2009. 


Art Show Guest of Honor’s Choice, “2001: A Space Odyssey Tribute”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, New York, 2009.

Art Show Guest of Honor’s Choice, “Imager”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, New York, 2009.

Art Show Award, “Alien Crimes”, Boskone 46, Boston, Massachusetts, 2009.

Art Show Award, “Artemis”, Boskone 46, Boston, Massachusetts, 2009.

Group Exhibition Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, California 2009

Hamilton King Award for Excellence, “The Golden Rose”, The Society of Illustrators 50th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, New York. 2008.

Third Place, Figurative Category, ‘The Golden Rose’, Art Renewal Center International 2007 Salon, 2008.

Patrick Nagle Award for Excellence, ‘The Golden Rose’, Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, California 2008.

Chesley Award: Best Monochrome Unpublished Work for 2007, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Calgary, 2008.

Chesley Award: Best Unpublished Color Work for 2007, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Calgary, 2008.

Chesley Award: Best Hardcover Book Illustration for 2007, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Calgary, 2008.

Chesley Award: Best Paperback Book Illustration for 2007, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Calgary, 2008.

Chesley Award: Best Gaming Related Illustration for 2007, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Calgary, 2008. 


Best in Show Award, ‘The Golden Rose’, World Fantasy Convention, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2008.

Best Cover: 2007 Readers Award, “Traveler II”, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, 2008. 


Spectrum XV: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2008.

ConComics Guest of Honor, Comic convention, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008.

Best Professional: Popular Choice, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, New York 2008.

Writer Guest of Honor Choice, “The Golden Rose”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, New York 2008.

Exhibition, ConDFW Science Fiction Convention, Dallas, Texas, 2008.

Illustrators 50, The Society of Illustrators, New York, New York. 2008.

Certificate of Merit, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, 2008.

Hugo Award: Best Professional Artist, World Science Fiction Society, Yokohama, Japan 2007.

Chesley Award: Best Monochrome Unpublished Work for 2006, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Yokohama, Japan 2007. 


Faeriecon Artist Guest, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2007.

Solo Exhibit, ‘Transformations’, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont 2007. 


Silver Award: Advertising, “Vanguard”, Spectrum XIV: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2007.

Spectrum XIV: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2007. 
Art Show: Honorable Mention, Boskone 44, Boston, Massachusetts, 2007. 


Director’s Choice, Boskone 44, Boston, Massachusetts, 2007. 


Exhibition, San Diego Comic-Con, 2007.

Artist Guest of Honor Choice, “Dogs of War”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, New York, 2007.

Judge’s Choice, “The Serpent and the Rose”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, New York, 2007.

Illustrators 49, The Society of Illustrators 49th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, New York. 2007.

The Art of Science Fiction, New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York, 2006.

Gold Medal Award: Advertising, “Prometheus”, Spectrum XIII: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2006.

Hugo Award: Best Professional Artist, World Science Fiction Society, Anaheim, California, 2006.

Chesley Award-Best Magazine Illustration for 2005, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon, Anaheim, California, 2006. 


Gold Medal, “Prometheus”, Spectrum XIII: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2006.

Spectrum XIII: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2006. 
The Art of Science Fiction, New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York, 2006.

Artist Guest of Honor, GenCon Gaming Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2006. 

Guest of Honor, Norwescon 29, Seattle, Washington, 2006.


Artist Guest of Honor, Boskone 43, Boston, Massachusetts, 2006.

Illustrators 48, The Society of Illustrators 48th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, New York. 2006. 


David Usher Memorial Award, “Balance of Trade”, Greenwich Workshop, 2006.

Art Show Director’s Choice, “Legolas”, Boskone 43, 2006. 


Staff Choice, “Construct of Time”, Boskone 43, 2006. 



Writer’s Guest of Honor Choice, “Boromir in the White Mountains”, Boskone 43, 2006. 


Judge’s Choice, Body of Work, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, New York, 2006.

Spectrum XII: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2005. 


Judge’s Choice, “Hisoka, Water Mage”, Lunacon, 2005. 
Solo Exhibit, San Diego Comic-Con, 2005. 


This is a Science Fiction Show, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York, 2005.

Chesley Award-Best Hardcover Book Illustration for 2004. Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon, Glasgow, Scotland, 2005. 



Finalist, Figurative Category, 2nd International Art Renewal Center Open Salon Competition, 2005.



Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering tournament, Moscow, Russia, 2005. 


From Imagination to Reality: The Art of Science Fiction, The New York Academy of the Sciences, New York, New York, 2004-5.

Popular Choice, “Elegy for Darkness”, World Science Fiction Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, 2004. 
Body of Work, WorldCon, 2004.

Best Cover Art, 2004 Readers’ Award, Asimov’s Science Fiction.
Guest of Honor’s Choice, “The Ordinary”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2004.

Body of Work, Sketches, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2004.


Guest of Honor, LepreCon Science Fiction Convention, Phoenix, Arizona, 2004.


Third Place, “Stars Asunder”, LepreCon, 2004. 

First Place, “Dragonflight”, LepreCon, 2004. 



First Place, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center Annual Open Salon Competition, 2004.


Chairman’s Choice Award, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center Annual Open Salon Competition, 2004.


Fourth Prize, ‘Inheritor’s of Earth’, RSVP’s Cityscapes Competition, New York, 2004.

World Fantasy Award: Best Artist, World Fantasy Convention, Tempe, Arizona, 2004.


Magical Adventures: Fantasy Art from The Frank Collection, University of Maryland, 2004.
Spectrum XI: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2004.


Chesley Award-Best Hardcover Book Illustration for 2003, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon 2004.


Artist Guest of Honor, San Diego Comic-Con, 2004.

Illustrators 46, The Society of Illustrators 46th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, New York, New York. 2004.



Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering tournament, Orlando, Florida, 2004.



Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering prerelease tournament, New York, New York, 2004.

Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering prerelease tournament, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 2004.



Art of the ‘Lord of the Rings’, Villa Celimontana, Rome, 2004.

Judge’s Choice, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2003. 

First Place-Best Professional, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2003. 



Guest of Honor’s Choice, “Faramir at Osgiliath”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2003. 

Body of Work, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2003. 



Best of Show-Professional Division, Boskone Science Fiction Convention 40, Boston, Massachusetts 2003. 

Body of Work, Boskone 40, 2003. 


Silver Award Advertising, Spectrum X: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2003.

Illustrators 45, The Society of Illustrators 45rd Annual Exhibition of Illustration, New York, New York. 2003. 

Chesley Award-Best Product

Illustration for 2002. Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon 2003. 

Chesley Award-Best Hardcover Book Illustration for 2002.

Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon, 2003.



Chesley Award-Best Product Illustration for 2002.

Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon, 2003. 

Chesley Award- Artistic Achievement 2002.

Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon, 2003. 



Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering prerelease tournament, Atlanta, Georgia, 2003.

Illustrators 44, The Society of Illustrators 44rd Annual Exhibition of Illustration, New York, New York, 2002.

Second Place, Best Professional, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2002.

Judge’s Choice, “Gimli”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2002.



Popular Choice, “Gandalf in Moria”, WorldCon, San Jose, California, 2002.



The art of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, exhibition of book cover and interior illustration, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, 2002.

Spectrum IX: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2002.

Chesley Award-Best Product Illustration for 2001, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon 2002.

Judge’s Choice, “The Hobbit: Expulsion”, WorldCon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001. 


Masterworks in Miniature, exhibition, “King Arthur”, Mentor, Ohio, 2001.



Art Show, GenCon Game Fair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2001.

ASFA Web Award, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, 2001. 
In recognition of artists who create sites dedicated to the thoughtful and responsible presentation of science fiction and fantasy art.

Guest of Honor, Elf Fantasy Fair, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2001. 

Gold Award Editorial, Spectrum VIII: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2001. 



Illustrators 43, The Society of Illustrators 43rd Annual Exhibition of Illustration, New York, New York. 2001.

Guest of Honor, World Fantasy Convention, Montreal, Canada, 2001.

Spectrum VII: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 2000.



Illustrators 42, The Society of Illustrators 42st Annual Exhibition of Illustration, New York, New York, 2000.

Award of Merit, Our Own Show exhibition at the Society of Illustrators, 2000.

Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering tournament, Santiago, Chile, 2000.



Best of Show Award, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2000.



Best in Show, “The Lord of the Rings”, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2000. 



First Place, Best Professional Body of Work, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention, 2000.

Guest of Honor, GenCon Gaming Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2000.

Honorable Mention, “Obernewtyn”, 25th World Fantasy Convention, Providence Rhode Island, 1999. 



Illustrators 41, The Society of Illustrators 41th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, 1999.

Award of Merit, Our Own Show, 1999. 



Paperback 1999, Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators, 1999. 

Silver Award-Editorial Category, Spectrum VI: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 1999. 


Spectrum V: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 1998. 

Illustrators 40, The Society of Illustrators 40th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, New York, New York, 1998.

Jack Gaughan Award, Best emerging artist, Boskone 35 Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, 1998.

Chesley Award-Best Product Illustration for 1998.

Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon 1998. 

Award of Merit, Our Own Show, The Society of Illustrators, New York, New York, 1998.


Artist Guest of Honor, Lunacon 1998, Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, Rye Brook, New York.

Best of Show Award, Lunacon, 1998. 

Best Professional Artist, Lunacon, 1998.

Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering tournament, Zurich, Switzerland, 1998.



Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering tournament, New York, New York, 1998. 

Guest of Honor, Lucca Comic Book Convention, Lucca, Italy, 1998. 



Spectrum IV: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 1997. 

Illustrators 39, The Society of Illustrators 39th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, New York, New York, 1997.

Recognition for Body of Work, Lunacon, 1997. 

Guest of Honor, Lisboa Comic Book Convention, Lisbon, Portugal, 1997. 

Guest of Honor, Magic: The Gathering ProTour tournament, New York, New York, 1997. 


Paperback 1997, Society of Illustrators, New York, New York, 1997. 

Award of Merit, Our Own Show, Society of Illustrators, New York, New York, 1997. 



Chesley Award-Best Paperback Cover for 1996, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, WorldCon 1997, San Antonio, Texas.

Honorable Mention Book Category, Spectrum III: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art, 1996.

New Artists, Nahan Gallery, New York, New York, 1995. 

Illustrators 37, The Society of Illustrators 37th Annual Exhibition of Illustration, 1995.

Silver Award Book Category, Spectrum II, 1995 

Paperback 1995, Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators, 1995.

The Art of Paperback Books, St. Michael’s College, 1994. 


Everson Biennial, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, 1992.

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