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Greg spent a good part of his youth drawing. While school desks took the brunt of his wandering imagination, Greg would draw whenever, wherever and on just about anything he could. Instead of becoming an astronaut or secret agent after high school, Greg made the obvious choice to attended Montserrat and fully dedicate himself to a life of creative endeavors.
Greg became a proud graduate of Montserrat College of Art with a B.F.A. in Illustration. When Greg is not teaching he can be found in his studio creating. His work has been shown in galleries throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. He has recently had his work exhibited by the City of Norwalk,CT, Gallery 305K in Bridgeport,CT, and The Warwick Museum of Art in RI. He has also been commissioned for many paintings by both businesses and private individuals.
Greg believes that the exchange of creative ideas in the classroom creates a symbiosis in which the teaching and making of art exist in harmony. He feels that sharing his academic and professional experiences candidly with students is essential. These experiences not only help students to better understand visual communication, but also assist them in finding their own identities as art professionals.
Greg is a mixed media artist that works primarily with acrylic paint and collage. Making pictures that tell stories has always been a running theme in Greg’s work. Though a narrative is always prominent in his paintings, it is often portrayed in a surreal and allegorical way. His images are a composite of his daily routine, forgotten memories, random thoughts and haunting dreams. Although Greg takes his education, art making and teaching very seriously, he does feel there is plenty of room for humor. His work is often embedded with a fascination of the bizarre, a bit of sarcasm and a tongue-in-cheek sensibility.
Having kicked the habit of drawing on school property, Greg still enjoys creating on not so acceptable surfaces. He can often be found drawing on household walls with the aid of his young son Mars.
To learn more about Greg and his work visit at www.gregorfanos.com
Education: B.F.A., Montserrat College of Art