About Gardega

Alex Gardega is a NYC city based professional fine artist.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Saint Rocco Mural Time Lapse

Tree painted on old metal by Gardega

I found this great old piece of framed tin in the basement of my new art studio. Perhaps it was an old chalkboard? Either way, Inspired by the snow outside my studio window, I painted a Zen inspired tree in the snow.

28" x 30" oil on metal


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Palm Beach Clock Tower By Gardega

A new piece for a collector. This is the clock tower at the end of worth Avenue in Palm Beach, 

oil on canvas 

24" x 36"

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Salvador Dali, (a much maligned artist by the fools and critics of the "artworld elite") created a a few greeting cards for Hallmark in his time. Many of them were either pulled from shelves or never even printed. This brilliant Santa was one of his designs. I think it was purchased by the founder of Hallmark and hidden in a closet (or a drawer) at the same time Norman Rockwell was also designing cards for the company. Two very different minds! Both loved by Gardega...


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gardega Art Show

Tomorrow I fly to Palm Beach for my August 27th show. I have completed 10 watercolors and 10 oils. Two of the oils have sold (one stolen) and 8 of the watercolors are coming with me for show so there is a total of 16 pieces. My goal was 10 to 15 pieces for the show as I only had three weeks to complete. Feels good to be finished save some minor last minute details.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Watercolors by Gardega

Here are six of 10 watercolors for my upcoming show in Palm Beach

available for Pre-sale what does not sale will be up for sale post show as well.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Three Palm Beach paintings by Gardega

                                                   Palm Beach Sunrise

                                               Oil on canvas   24" x 48"

                               available for pre-sale before art show August 27th

Noon, Palm Beach

Oil on Canvas 30" x 40"

available for pre-sale before art show August 27th

Meggy's Cloud

Oil on canvas 30" x 40"

available for pre-sale before art show August 27th

Monday, August 8, 2016




Photo by Gardega: Metropolitan Museum

Roald Dahl's writing studio

This is photo of one of my favorite writers, Roald Dahl. This is how he worked and created his genius. A piece of wood laid across an armchair, no typewriter just a pad and pen. As an artist you must learn to create with what is at hand, if you wait until the environment is perfect to your liking then you may never really start. Some artists keep there work space as simple as possible straight through their lives. I heard that Stephen King built an amazing studio to write in but had to go back to his old cramped office because he couldn't work in the new space. My bottom line is this--THE MORE ROOM THE BETTER. I never have enough room to spread my creative wings. canvases can be quite large, typing paper is always the same manageable size.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Marathon Training

I won the lottery to run in The NYC Marathon in early Nov. My training has begun, including diet. Lots of vitamins and amino acids and smoothies. Tomorrow I am running two loops of Central Park. 13.2 miles. Aside from a trick knee which occasionally goes south I should be able to finish the thing in November 6th. I think it is the 6th, I haven't even double checked...the 5th or the 6th...I even gave up alcohol which was not too hard, I am trying to quit my morning Red Bull/ caffeine routine now, Caffeine is a tough one to kick. I plan on that next.

Old Palettes

There comes a point where my palettes lose all usefulness, I can no longer find room on this one. This is usually when I give them away. Sometimes I paint on top of them...

When I studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway I noticed he used foam core for his palettes. I have used everything as a palette in a pinch, I often use tin foil over cardboard for my mural palettes.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gardega Art Show Update

Six paintings in various stages of finish. I have 7 out of 10 watercolors done as well. Five more oils to complete after these are done.

Met Photos by gardega

I practically live in The Met Museum. I constantly sketch and take photos of things in paintings that interest me, sometimes I only use a small part of a painting as a jumping of point for inspiration or idea. Sometimes I ill put away for years and then find it in my files and use it for something. Here are some random things that interested me at the museum.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Finished work

One down 20 to go...

Stolen Art

I put this in front of my mom's to dry in sun while I worked on another piece.Someone stole it. Joy. Not so much the art but the pressure to compete a show by aug 27th. soldier on...Glad I had not signed it

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Warercolors by Gardega

I am working away on an art show. My goal is to have 10-12 watercolors for show (aug 27th.) and roughly ten oil paintings of which three are roughly done.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Portraits by Gardega

I was commissioned to paint a portrait of someones teen playing lacrosse. The important thing with any piece is to stay interested, you need to find something to keep you interested or your work will feel flat. Here I tried to focus on energy and a "height of the moment" dynamic. I really enjoyed this piece even though I am not a big sports guy. If you ever just "walk through" a painting and go through the motions, it will never work. you must invest yourself in any piece you paint.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ocean painting by Gardega

Working out my second ocean piece.  I lean toward stormy skies and seas by nature but occasional I dont mind a mid-day sunshine.                                                    

Ocean by Gardega

Palm Beach 

I am working on ocean paintings for a show in palm beach for late august...

2' x 4'

oil on canvas

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Teaching a class in Virginia. I was exhausted from murals in NY and Florida but her smile made the class worthwhile. It is really a warm feeling to teach people art.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Back from florida

Back from florida I almost died from heatstroke painting a 400 sq foot wall. Lost ten pounds to sweat. Now they want me back. Christ Im lonely there but Im a workaholic artist. Back down. Missed ny so bad

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Gardega studios

Upper east side

Palm beach beach

Brooklyn ny

347 703 6391

There are no berets and cafes for gardega,  just painting after painting after... Viva trump!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Virgin on rocks progress

Rough mural design Long Island city, ny

My initial rough sketches for murals are really rough and loose. This is intential as to not waste time if client has different view...lic landmark mural

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


If you did not grow up with it you will never relate to one who did

Gardega update

Today gardega finishes his clipper ship commission. I then paint two murals and return to palm beach to paint two murals and gallery work as well for may and june. Then back to my beloved NYC for a good long stretch.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Is this pc?

Gardega on NYC

After Painting in Palm Beach for three months I returned to my sacred home of The Metropolitan Museum, NYC. There is no greater city in the world, the best people, most beautiful women and most dynamic energy of any city on earth...

Met museum photos by gardega