Gloria Mani

Gloria Mani

"Art is constant - just as life - one should never lose the wonder - learn anew everyday", says acclaimed and award winning artist, art conservator, and restorer Gloria Mani. Gloria is greatly inspired by the gentle quiet of the countryside and gardens throughout the world and is often found painting landscapes in "plein-air", the open air. In addition to her passion for landscapes, Gloria has been painting and drawing nudes for over forty years. Each of Gloria's paintings is refreshing with a style and medium unique to its subject matter.

A major influence in Gloria's work and "nurturer of the wonder" was her father, Antonio E. Mani, a well-known artist and founder of the Columbus School of Art. She also studied with two of the preeminent instructors of the century, Robert Brackman and Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Student League of New York. Gloria attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and has participated in numerous workshops given by nationally acclaimed artists including: Wolf Kahn at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia and John Budicin and Lynn Gertenbach of the Plein Air Painters of America in Fallbrook, California and Bennington, Vermont.

Among her many awards and professional recognition, Gloria was listed as "one of the most influential people in the Arts in Columbus, Georgia in the past 100 years" by the Columbus Ledger Enquirer. In 1990, Gloria received the First Place Art Award at the National League of American Pen Women at the Georgia State Convention. She was top designer and painter of art furniture for the Sugar Hill catalog, and has been collected by celebrities such as John Travolta and Natalie Cole. Among Gloria's many exhibitions was a show at AGORA Gallery Soho, New York City, New York entitled "Elements of Nature".


Among her many awards and professional recognition, Gloria was listed as "one of the most influential people in the Arts in Columbus, Georgia in the past 100 years" by the Columbus Ledger Enquirer. In 1990, Gloria received the First Place Art Award at the National League of American Pen Women at the Georgia State Convention. She was top designer and painter of art furniture for the Sugar Hill catalog, and has been collected by celebrities such as John Travolta and Natalie Cole. Among Gloria's many exhibitions was a show at AGORA Gallery Soho , New York City, New York entitled "Elements of Nature".

Gloria is a Founding Member of Joseph House Gallery and has had memberships in:

    Oil Painter's of America
    Columbus Artist Guild
    American Institute of Conservation
    Society of Gilders
    Charleston Outdoor Painters Association
    Carmel Art Association

 

At a very early age, passion for art was instilled in me and was a normal part of my life. My exuberant father, Antonio Mani, owned and directed the Columbus School of Art in Columbus, Georgia. I grew up studying at his school and watching him paint. Part of my studies included attending art museums and exhibits in this country and abroad. I continued my studies at the Art Students League of New York and the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla. Although I've painted for fifty years, I am still learning and evolving. Because art is constant, just as life, both are always revealing something new.

Preferring to paint from life, or in "plein-aire", the open air, I find art my driving passion is larger than life. Being greatly inspired by the American Impressionists, I also choose a variety of subject matter, landscapes, seascapes, interiors, figures, and portraiture. The play of light and shadows generally draws me to a specific scene, often an every day spot that has gone unnoticed. By exaggerating colors, using a rhythmic composition, broken brushwork or texture, I transform the ordinary into an interesting and exciting work of art. My paintings capture the essence of the land, the mystery, a mood, an emotion, or perhaps only a dream. Because the act of painting is paramount, I empty myself, become one with my surroundings, and allow the painting to emerge.

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