• ARC Contemporary Realism


  • Artist Statement

    I was in advertising in NYC for more than 25 years. Some others and I
    prided ourselves in creativity. In fact, my last television campaign won the
    Cannes Film Festival Award. But the business side took over completely,
    and I knew it was over for me. Money just wasn’t enough.
    In many discussions with my wife she kept saying “I think you should be a
    painter” and I repeatedly said, “are you crazy!”. We were enjoying a
    certain lifestyle that wasn’t bad….but painting?
    I thought I was superman until I tried it. There were paintings that
    refused to be painted… so I planted a tree instead. As frustration mounted,
    more trees were planted until people passed my house by. They couldn’t
    find it.
    Painting comes from my heart and recently at our State Capitol, I received The NM Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence and Lifetime Achievement.
    Take it from me, this doesn’t happen every day.
    I don’t plant trees anymore…so take a look. I hope you won’t be


    About The Artist

    Website address: www.vincentfigliola.com

    7265 Village Drive, Las Cruces,NM 88012
    email: figliolafineart@zianet.com Studio phone: 575 405 3048

    VINCENT N. FIGLIOLA, award-winning Creative Director, moved from Manhattan to New Mexico to express his purely creative leanings in a new landscape. Although winning the highest awards in advertising nationally and internationally for over 25 years in NYC, (directing campaigns for Chanel, Revlon,Smirnoff,Club Med, Guerlain fragrances) - Vincent found it impossible to continue because his love of money was less than his love of expression. In his own words, he came to New Mexico."to see if he could become a serious painter, to paint the human epic in classical terms." Preferred mediums include oil, mixed media, original graphite drawings, and limited edition stone lithography. Art critics refer to Vincent as“the artist who paints the Renaissance, and makes it now.”

    In the 1980’s prior to an interview with the BBC, Leo Castelli, the international art critic and founder of movements in modern art, predicted that Vincent would be one of the important realistic painters of this century.
    Now 84, it appears that he has.

    While in the Fine Arts program at Temple University, Vincent was awarded the Salvador Dali Drawing Competition and offered an apprenticeship in Spain. Born in Harrison, NY, Vincent currently resides in a desert/mountain landscape in Las Cruces, NM. His work is included in selected corporate and private collections, nationally and internationally.
    Vincent’s background includes graduation from Harrison NY Highschool, served in Korea, Temple University Fine Arts,BFA, NYU Film School, Columbia University,BA American History, Animation and Illustration, Deputy Dog
    Figliola & Partners Advertising,NYC ANDY,CLIO,CANNES Film Festival Awards
    film,print,illustration,package design, patent for delivery system and design DreamBath

    FINE ART AWARDS: Vincent N. Figliola,OPA

    The Salmagundi Club, non-resident member 2020
    Oil Painters of America, membership 2020
    Art Renewal Center,finalist Figurative Art, “Connected” “Crossing II”, 2021
    Fine Art Connoissuer, finalist “Faces, Andrew Wyeth”, 2020
    Recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Lifetime Achievement, Santa Fe,NM 2018-2019
    International Masters of Fine Art, SanAntonio Texas, OPA juried 2016
    International Masters of Fine Art, El Paso Museum of Fine Art,OPA juried 2017
    El Paso Museum of Fine Arts and Juarez Museum of Fine Art, juried Chicago Art Institute 2015
    The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago,OPA juried 2016
    III Biennial Ciudad Juarez-El Paso Museum of Fine Art, Juried 2014
    V Biennial Ciudad Juarez-El Paso Museum of Fine Art, Juried 2016

    Solo and Juried Fine Art Exhibitions:
    Simic Galleries, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California
    Massey Fine Arts, Santa Teresa, NM
    Hammer Gallery, Manhattan, NY
    Fine Art Gallery & Museum, Amarillo, TX
    Huntsman Gallery of Fine Art, Aspen, CO
    NMSU Williams Hall Solo Exhibition& Retablo Collection Mexico City
    Glenn Cutter Fine Art, Las Cruces, NM
    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco,CA
    Arnot Museum,"Re-presenting Representation”John O’Hern Curator

    “The Border Paintings” International League of Conservation,”Borderlands, Wildlife, People and the Wall” Washington DC
    El Paso Museum of Art, Christian Gerstheimer, Curator, “The Crossing I”,OPA juried
    “Cruz & Jose” “Moving On” III Biennale Ciudad Juarez-El Paso, “A Cultural Crossroads for the United States and Mexico” Juried Exhibition, Biennial Cesareo Moreno, Chief Curator and Visual Arts Director, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago
    “Examining Social Issues through Art” Vincent N. Figliola,American Artist
    Southern Poverty Law Center: Certificate of Appreciation “ The Border Paintings”: the artist’s ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America, The Wall of Tolerance Montgomery,AL
    The Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio,TX, “International Masters of Fine Art”,OPA Juried
    Inverarte Fine Art, San Antonio, Mexico City, “ Border Crossings, The Bridge”
    S.R. Brennen Galleries, PalmDesert, Scottsdale, Santa Fe
    Reflection Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe
    NM Governor’s Gallery, State Capitol, Santa Fe,Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence
    NM Arts Commission,Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts

    Figliola & Partners, New York City Advertising Awards:
    Beauty & Humor Categories
    The Art Directors Club of New York
    Chanel No 5 print campaign
    Cannes Film Festival Awards, Chanel No.5, television, “The Pool”
    National Public Service Campaign, Best Print Campaign for Public Awareness:
    ( biogtry, prejudice ,drug abuse, visual impairment)
    The Advertising Club of New York Blue Ribbon Television Awards:
    Contac (first time-release pill) & Maxwell House Coffee (first instant coffee)
    ANDY & CLIO Best Print Campaigns:
    NY Times,Manhattan Flower Works,Scratch&Sniff artificial flowers
    Kaiser Roth, Cameron & Pascalle Fragrances
    Chanel No 5, Guerlain Fragrances, Shalimar,first television campaign, Shalimar print
    Portuguese Trade Commission, print campaign Portuguese Wines & Port
    Best Direct Mail Campaign, Premiere Opening NYC NovitelSofitel Hotel & The Brasserie



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