Louis Guarnaccia


Louis Guarnaccia Biography

American, b. 1958

Louis was born in Omaha, NE in 1958. At the age of nine he began painting in oil, and at 14, he began studying painting, drawing, and art theory under Stanley Stephanowitz, and then under Frank Novak at the Norwich Art School and Slater Museum in Norwich, CT. As a young man, he also studied under master artists Dean Keller, Ken Davies, and Rudolph Zallinger at the Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT.
After art school, Guarnaccia continued painting both landscapes and portraits, in addition to working as an illustrator, art director, and creative director at various advertising agencies in New England. He eventually established his own privately-owned advertising agency and in 1996, Louis moved to Nantucket Island, MA. In 2000, he began painting full time, focusing on both portrait commissions and marine landscapes from around the island.

2001, Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket, MA
2000, Sailor's Valentine Gallery, Nantucket, MA
1992, John F. Kennedy Airport, Japan Airlines VIP Lounge, New York, NY
1991, South Wharf Gallery, Nantucket, MA
1990, Place Gallery, Naugatuck, CT
1990, Webb Gallery, Hamden, CT
1989, Arts Place Gallery, Naugatuck, CT

2016, September Group Exhibition, Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket, MA
2016, Important Maritime Paintings, Nantucket, MA
2016, Martime Paintings Exhibition, Greenwich, CT
2015, Maritime Masters
2011, Important Marine and Maritime Paintings Exhibition and Sale, Greenwich, CT
1999, Finalist in the Portrait category in Artist’s Magazine national competition ,
1995, International Group Exhibition at Art 54 in Soho, New York, NY
1989, Three works exhibited at the Museum of Arts Science & Industry, Bridgeport, CT
1988, Olympic Hotel; Executes portrait of Soviet Premier Mikail Gorbachev, Moscow, USSR

2004, Henry O’Conner SCNY Award for outstanding work from the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2001, 4th Place, Landscape Competition, Artist’s Magazine, for painting Low Tide
1999, Finalist, Portrait Competition, Artist’s Magazine, for painting Cal Sims

Artist Association of Nantucket, MA
American Society of Marine Artists
Portrait Society of America
Salmagundi Club, NYC