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Renzo & Tarnowski

Two Man Show

RENZO

Born“I saw what I Dreamed and the Pigment Ran”


Renzo was born on April 11, 1953 in Martinez, California and raised in the state’s Bay Area. He has since spent one year in Brisbane, Queensland Australia, six years in Yelapa, Jalisco Mexico and nine years in San Diego, California. The youngest of three brothers, Renzo was raised within a conservative and strictly religious environment by his father, a retired Baptist pastor and house painter.


Renzo’s paintings express and communicate his observations of what he believes to be the basic qualities that separate humanity from the inanimate objects that surround it. His passion of Latin America continues to be a catalyst for his work.
Renzo’s images are opaque with transparent overlays to form composites, ranging from the figurative to abstract expressionism. In his 39 years of painting, Renzo has experimented with a variety of techniques and styles. He has always use of water paints, because of his connection with their unique qualities on the canvas. Building layer upon layer in a process of construction and illustrated depth, Renzo depicts metaphors and variables on relationships, spirituality, intent, and even tribal similes. His practice of alchemy, use brush strokes and habit of scratching at the surface of the canvas to produce a primal nature to these imaginary vehicles help to convey an ever illusive inspiration through each painting.


With no formal academic education in the fine arts, Renzo began addressing his artistry as a profession early on in life and was represented by his first gallery before graduating from high school. During the same period, he worked as an Editorial Cartoonist for the local newspaper.


Renzo has shown his work throughout California and is in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Crocker Museum in Sacramento. His work is also represented in the ongoing exhibition for the Kaiser Corporation, as well as public and commercial galleries in Chicago, Kentucky, Germany and Mexico.
While painting, he has held various positions within the visual arts arena including: illustrator, art director, graphic designer and exhibit designer. He had also worked as an instructor and the career development administrator at The Art Institute of California, in San Diego, California where he was responsible for faculty management, curriculum development and undergraduate instruction.
Currently Renzo is residing in Southern, California where he is painting full time,
Renzo’s creations portray a level of tactile skill and competence that evoke a personal involvement from the viewer.

 

Glen Tornowski

"Painting that simply reproduces likeness of subject isn't enough -- I create paintings that express my emotional response to the beauty of subject."
--Glen Tarnowski,
"Say Something More", The Artist's Magazine, October 1999

From a childhood immersed in the beauty of nature, a youth surrounded by the classical sense of Renaissance-era European art and architecture, and a lifetime devoted to art as the highest form of expression, Glen Tarnowski brings stunning vitality, depth and emotion to his still-life paintings.


Influenced by an intense formal education in art, pain-staking study of the works of Old World Masters Rembrandt Van Rijn, Peter Paul Reubens and Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, and ongoing study with contemporary masters David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Dan McCaw, Tarnowski’s use of Chiaroscuro techniques provide his still-lifes with a vibrant dichotomy of old world feeling and contemporary realism.


His formal education in oil painting began at the age of eight when his innate talent for painting and unique perception of color revealed itself in his first art class. He continued his formal art education at California Lutheran University and The Pasadena Art Center College of Design, separated by extensive self-study in the art capitals of Europe. He later returned to California Lutheran University to teach painting.


Tarnowski’s talent is recognized by his peers, art associations, and the art press as well as notable private and corporate art collectors. Tarnowski paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, The National Gallery of Australia, the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn N. Y., the Boca Museum of Fine Art in Boca Raton, Florida and the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. He was the recipient of the 1996 Angel Winner Award, a finalist in the 1997 Artist Magazine International Competition, the 1998 Oil Painters of America National Show in Washington, D.C. and the 1999 Oil Painters of American Regional Show in Chicago, Illinois. He was also the featured artist in the October 1999 issue of “The Artist’s Magazine”. Tarnowski’s collector list includes Hollywood celebrities such as Mel Gibson, media moguls Ted Turner and Aaron Spelling, institutional collectors such as the Billy Graham Institute and a variety of corporations including Twentieth Century Fox, TRW, Nordstrom Corporation and major media networks including NBC and CBS.

 

By Renzo

Product code : ROA001
Original Oil on Canvas

Title: A Soft Strength

Size: 30" x 30"

 

 


By Renzo

Product code : ROA002
Original Oil on Canvas

Title: Its In Her Nature

Size: 30" x 30"

 

 


By Renzo

Product code : ROA003
Original Oil on Canvas

Title: Seeing Stone to Stone

Size: 36" x 30"

 

 

By Renzo

Product code : ROA006
Original Oil on Canvas

Title: I Am A Crow

Size: 16" x 20"

 

 

By Renzo

Product code : ROA006
Original Oil on Canvas

Title: What We Share

Size: 36" x 40

 

 

By Renzo

Product code : ROA006
Original Oil on Canvas

Title: The Messenger

Size: 36" x 36"

SOLD

 

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