Sunday, April 18, 2010

Garrett Vitanza Joins the ARA Boston

Garrett Vitanza is now a part time figure drawing instructor at the ARA in Boston. One day a week Garrett joins us to impart his knowledge of figure drawing acquired over years of study and practice.

Garrett says he first started drawing at the age of five. By the age of 13 he was taking his creations more seriously, drawing in a more recognizable fashion, and working towards building a career in the fine arts.

He began attending the ARA Toronto at the age of 17, and after graduation he spent a number of years teaching a variety of classes from portraiture to red chalk. Now he is settling down in Boston and getting a degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Art.

His top five artistic influences include an array of artists from realists to impressionists: Rembrandt, Goya, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and any early Netherlands artist around the turn of the 15th century. Some of his favorite contemporary artists are Lucian Freud, Yuqi Wang, and Francis Bacon.

If he had to lump his work into one descriptive category (which was required of him for this interview,) he would consider his work to be 'figurative in relation to narrative.' To see more of his work one can visit

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