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Gayle Madeira is an award-winning artist, dancer and choreographer based in New York City.

She has studied the human figure throughout her life and fortunately had the world of ballet and modern dance at her disposal for studying anatomy and utilizing models. In addition to the human figure, because of her farm upbringing, Gayle had many animals available for drawing and painting inspiration. She received a Bachelors in Fine Art from the State University of New York, College at Purchase in dance performance and choreography and has found that the training for creating choreography in 3 dimensions corresponds directly to creating art in 2 dimensions.

Gayle has exhibited at The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Principle Gallery and the New York Hall of Science among others. Her paintings are included in numerous private and institutional collections. Hershey’s Corporation commissioned Gayle in 2016 to paint a portrait of comedian Nick Kroll in the role of Napoleon in a repainting of the famous work “Napoleon Crossing the Alps”.  In August and September 2013, she had a solo art exhibition at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans and will be part of a group show in the same gallery in 2016. Her portrait of “Dan Eberle” is featured in Strokes of Genius 5: Best of Drawing | Composition by North Light Books which came out in September 2013. Gayle’s paintings are prominently featured in the independent film “Prayer to a Vengeful God” directed by Dan Eberle. It is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Her painting “Bread, Cheese, Wine and Olive Oil” was selected as a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine in 2015, her painting “Can-Can Dancer in the Basement of Restaurant Florent” was selected as a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine in 2014 and her painting LB was selected as a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine in 2009. She was the Artist-of-the-Month for Artist’s Magazine’s February 2010 issue. Gayle’s painting “Pasha” was a finalist in the 2015 Art Renewal Center’s juried salon.

“An internationally recognized professional artist and dancer who grew up on a farm in Northern Virginia, Gayle Madeira explores her fascination with the physical body through both media. In the words of the artist: ‘I am obsessed with figures and giving them the most honest representation that I can in artistic form.’ As a painter, she shows an exceptional attention to detail and applies techniques that distinguish her work. Her black and white charcoal portraits on gesso board, like those featured in the film “Prayer to a Vengeful God” possess both painterly and graphic qualities. In her highly detailed, to-scale, tightly cropped portraits, every hair and wrinkle is visible. From afar, it is possible to mistake her drawings and paintings for photographs. Upon closer inspection, the lines and shading, the trace of the hand, becomes apparent. Madeira started working in oil paint in 2009. She is also known for her animal portraits in watercolor which she creates using a unique dry-brush technique. Madeira’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the United States.”
–Tracy Adler, Director of Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College

Artist’s Statement

“I am moved by the way particular types of light cascades over objects and beings in a particular way and I want to participate in this event by painting it. It is as if through painting I can go inside, around and through the atoms, creating a form of dance meditation. When the painting is finished, if I was fully inside it during the process, I am transported back to that same place. If it was successful, other viewers of the painting are also transported, not necessarily to the same place I am, but to a feeling or emotion of their own.”

 

Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions
2015 International Guild of Realism’s 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2015 The National Association of Women Artist’s Summer 2015 juried small works exhibition
2015 “Face It” The Face in Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, New York
2015 Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2014/2015 Salon in the animal category for Pasha
2015 The New Haven Paint and Clay Club The 114th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, New Haven, Connecticut
2015 “Water Ways” Juried Exhibition for Lynchburg Art Club, Virginia
2013 The Foundation Gallery (solo show), New Orleans, Louisiana
2012 Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, New York City
2011 Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, New York City
2010 The World of Artists, International Women’s Show at the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon New York
2009 The Salmagundi Club group show, New York City
2009 Group show “This Woman’s Work”, Minneapolis MN
2009 New York Hall of Science, Art Envisions Science, New York City
2008 Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, New York City
2007 Antagonist Art Movement gallery, New York City
2006 Solo Show, Frances Goodwin Space, New York City
2006 GoogleWorks group show, Reading, PA
2005 80 Fifth Avenue Gallery, New York City
2005 V-Day Exhibition, Hunter College, New York City
2004 National Arts Club, New York City
2004 In the Spotlight, 80 Fifth Avenue Gallery, New York City
2004 National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York City
2003 Solo Show, Frances Goodwin Space, New York City
2003 Brave Destiny, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York
2003 Women, Trauma and Visual Expression, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Commissions
2016 Portrait: Take 5, portrait of comedian Nick Kroll for Hershey’s Corporation
2015 Still life: Paper Dolls at the Imperial Tavern for the Gucciardos, New York City
2014 Still life: Chinese Montage for Patrizia Chen, New York City
2014 Portrait: Lexi for Nomi Ghez and Dr. Michael Siegal, New York City
2014 Still life: Garlic, Olive Oil and Basil for the Gucciardos, New York City
2014 Portrait: Carlos Funes in Ensueno Milonga for Carlos Funes, New Jersey
2012 Portrait: Lady for Ellen Herz, Boston MA
2012 Portrait: Pasha for Lexa Roséan, New York City
2011 Portrait: Barry and Dorit for Barry and Dorit Black, New York City
2011 Portrait: Barbara Huduck, New Jersey
2009/10 Ten portraits for film Prayer to a Vengeful God: Paul, Leah, Dan(charcoal), Dan (watercolor), Jenn (charcoal), Jenn (watercolor), Jillaine, Beau, Amanda and Gayle
2008 Portrait: Lulu for Janet Panetta, New York City
2008 Portrait: Luke for John Bentham, New York City
2007 Portrait: Caleb for Laurie and Mark Pascual, Colorado Springs, CO
2007 Portrait: Arlo for Gina Paolillo and Ronnie Cusmano, New York City
2006 Portrait: Mason for Dawn and Jack Silverstein, New York City
2006 Portrait: Scarlett for Laurie and Mark Pascual, Colorado Springs, CO
2006 Portrait: Tantor for Lila Rhey, New York City
2005 Portrait: Vinny for Lila Rhey, New York City
2004 Portrait: Julia for Lila Rhey, New York City
2004 Portrait: Lucy and Widget for John Bentham, New York City
2003 Portrait: Sunset for Lisa Aull, Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York City

Publications and Projects
2015 Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition, Still Life/Interior category for painting entitled Bread, Cheese, Wine and Olive Oil
2015 Article in American Art Collector featuring the painting entitled Bread, Cheese, Wine and Olive Oil from the International Guild of Realism’s 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2014 Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition, Portraits/Figures category for painting entitled Can-Can Dancer in the Basement of Restaurant Florent
2013 Featured in Strokes of Genius 5: Best of Drawing | Composition
2010 Artist-of-the-Month in The Artist’s Magazine February issue
2010 Fifteen paintings shown in feature length film Prayer to a Vengeful Godby Dan Eberle
2009 Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition, Animal/Wildlife category for painting entitled LB
2007 Movie poster: JailCity by Daniel Eberle, New York City

Awards and Honors
2004 Dorothy Tabak Memorial Award
2003 Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International

Affiliations
American Women Artists (AWA)
Cecilia Beaux Forum
International Guild of Realism (IGOR)
National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.)
National Watercolor Society
Oil Painters of America (OPA)
Portrait Society of America (PSA)

Education
Grand Central Academy of Art, New York City (Sam Wisneski, Travis Schlaht, Ted Minoff, Patrick Byrnes, George O’Hanlon)
New York Academy of Art, New York City (Alyssa Monks, Dennis Cheaney)
Art Students League, New York City (David Kassan, Terence Coyle)
School of Visual Arts, New York City (illustration with Elizabeth Sayles and a workshop in Maya 3D computer animation)
State University of New York, Purchase, BFA 1992

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