About Gardega

Alex Gardega is a NYC city based professional fine artist.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Virgin on The Rocks By Gardega


I am working on a full scale copy of Leonardo's Virgin on the Rocks, This is the top portion. Aside from the face the rocks etc are 95% done. The final is 48" by 76" roughly. I am using the National Gallery version, not the Louvre version.I have spent COUNTLESS hours just completing the top portion...Very complex genius, he was...This is better than 4 years of art school as far as learning about art.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tools of the trade

I do not have anything against computers or computer art I just happen to prefer the warmth of real paints and materials vs. bits and bytes. The down side of computers is that too many students are not learning to draw or pain and relying on digital "magic" it is important to learn your craft, unfortunately too few do today.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Gardega paints own apartment...


This is the entry door to my shoebox NYC apt... notice the ugly peep-hole box, mid- door.



These are two views from the Metropolitan Museum, I call the Met my "Living Room" I decided to
to combine these two views and transform my entry way to expand my space. 

Here is the beginning stage, notice the peep-hole box is going to be the "light" from the last room in the Met Photos. It will be few days of work...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Painting with Gardega


I will be teaching a painting class in NYC at Comic Strip Live, (Upper East Side) on Sunday April 23rd at 1pm. Wine, Mimosas, Cheese and Me. Here is the phone for info. 

212 861 9386


Photo by Gardega


5th ave. NYC...IPAD

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fred Erichsen RIP


One of my best friends in High school, Fred Erichsen passed away not too long ago from a random heart attack. Great guy with a great family. I stole a photo from Facebook that his wife had said was her fav. photo and painted it as a gift for his family. One never knows when your time is due to be up in this world that is why you must try to enjoy the little moments of life. Out of my group of about 6 friends from High school, three have passed on, quite strange. I think I was the most reckless of the lot so now I just try to be a good healthy man and be thankful for life.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

BOTTICELLI COMES TO BOSTON

THE GREAT SANDRO BOTTICELLI WILL VISIT THE BOSTON MUSEUM IN APRIL AND I WILL BE THERE!

I will get to see the Birth of Venus in person, I somehow missed it at the Uffizi.


http://www.mfa.org/programs/visiting-masterpieces-botticelli

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

OLD MASTER COPIES BY GARDEGA


My studio can copy any painting for you from any period Leonardo to Modigliani. I spent my entire life copying old masters etc to learn to paint, One good copy of a complex Leonardo will teach you more two years in an art college.

inquiries: alexgardega@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

MUNCH!!

                                              SELF PORTRAIT WITH SKELETON ARM

A FASCINATING MAN, I AM TOO LAZY TO WRITE UP MY OWN BIO SO START WITH THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE. I SPENT TIME IN NORWAY PAINTING WITH ODD NERDRUM SO I GAINED AN AFFINITY FOR NORWEGIAN ARTISTS (ESPECIALLY SOME OF THE LESSER KNOWN ONES) MUNCH IS PERHAPS THE BEST KNOWN NORWEGIAN ARTIST, THE SECOND I WOULD SAY IS ODD NERDRUM.

Monday, February 6, 2017

ARTISTS IN THEIR STUDIOS



                                                 CAN YOU NAME THESE ARTISTS?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saint Rocco Painting


Work in progress, Saint Rocco. I had to pull the mural off the wall to handle some ceiling renovations so it is now on a table. It is too large to fit on even the largest plywood sheet so I have to work on it in two phases. There is a lot of times when it is better for me to work flat on a table instead of vertically, especially if lettering is involved. I am convinced that all artists who have had to include lettering laid it down flat on a table. Lettering on an easel is near impossible. My goal is to finish the entire painting of piece tomorrow and then install ASAP.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR



I took off for a weekend last month
Just to try and recall the whole year.
All of the faces and all of the places,
wonderin' where they all disappeared.
----Jimmy Buffet


Yet another year gets a shovel load of earth on 
her once fresh face...I find the years go by so fast that 
we scarcely have time for reflection save a nervous
glance in the rear view to make sure you did not run over 
the neighbors child. Part of the reasons I scribble out these
monthly missives, is that it is almost a way to keep track of what has
passed me by like a caffeinated Long Island railroad commuter
trying to sketch the landscape out the window. 

It is a cold late January now and your resolutions have probably gone
out that very same train window. The world spins all too fast on its 
wobbled axis these days the evenings of lemonade on the porch only exist in
old Norman Rockwell Prints. At best you huddle together on the holidays
with old friends and family and try to "catch up" Unless you are the idle rich
(which probably just means you are bored) as humans were not meant to be idle,
rich or poor. Unless you are Dali's old neighbor in Spain who Dali
called the laziest man in the world because he would sometimes say "you know,
there are some years where you don't quite feel like doing anything"

But we are restless birds by nature and only at home when we are on the wing.
we must do things, lots of things. Even for Jimmy Buffet, there is only so much beach a
soul can take. We fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way and by the time train
rolls into the station you realize I there really was was the journey. 

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

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Tree-in-The-snow

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, 
Florida. 

oil on canvas 

24" x 36"

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

DALI DOES SANTA


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...

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-hallmark-once-gave-works-rockwell-dali-masses



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

AUGUST 2016 PODCAST BY GARDEGA

https://soundcloud.com/user-165171133/gardega-august-2016-podcast

IN WHICH I MUMBLE ABOUT, ART, COLOR THEORY, ARTISTS WHO CAN NEITHER DRAW NOR PAINT, THE ISMS AND TRAINING FOR THE NYC MARATHON...

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.