John T. Vignari Biography
John T. Vignari is a noted international artist, educator, instructor, lecturer and author. He is one of the most prolific professional artist of our time. Mr. Vignari was born in New York City where he began his art career in 1955. His early works reflect his fascination with the sea. His magnificent seascapes prompted critics to dub him "Man of the Sea". He worked on the Brooklyn and New York waterfront as a longshoreman for seven years before becoming an artist. He was in the National Guard and served in the armed forces a veteran of world war II. A versatile artist, his art progressed from marine to impressionism, abstract expressionism and currently to Vignari-ism a unique art form he calls "Freedom Flow".
A sampling of the museums and galleries where he has exhibited, lectured and demonstrated include:
Parris Museum, Southampton, N.Y.
Ahda Artz Gallery, N.Y.
Barham Museum, Los Angeles, Ca.
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Me.
Brickstore Museum, Kennebunk, Me.
Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Fl.
Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton, Fl.
Metropolitan Museum, Coral Gables, Fl.
Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, Fl.
Palm Springs Desert Art Museum, Palm Springs, Ca.
Lighthouse Gallery of Art, Tequesta, Fl.
Worth Avenue Gallery, Palm Beach, Fl.
Deetzi Gallery, Hallandale, Fl.
Whitewall Gallery, Delray Beach, Fl.
Pittinos Gallery, Palm Beach, Fl.
Gering Gallery, Bevery Hills, Ca.
Palm Beach Gallery, Palm Beach, Fl.
Ogunquit Art Center, Ogunquit, Me.
Hoortt Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, Fl.
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Fl.
Sandpiper Gallery, Amherstburg, Ont. Canada
His seascape paintings have found their way into private collections worldwide, former President George W. Bush the elder statesman, who stated, "Dear Mr. Vignari, we are deeply touched, the Sea gives us great strength and comfort, your wonderful painting captures it all". The late John D. MacArthur the noted philanthropist, acquired a large collection of Vignari's paintings throughout his career. His work has a strong boldness and power depicting a soft impressionable quality, in which he has mastered light and shadows, an impact you won't easily forget. "Outstanding, well done, poetry in color", Journal American, N.Y. He has the ability to articulate to people in all walks of life. Characteristic of his Sicilian temperament, a dramatic independence, a living experience. His paintings speak for themselves and have been widely exposed in numerous Museums and Galleries and are viewed in many significant collections worldwide.
Our business is run by our family, my husband and I, if he went to paint outdoors I would take care of the Gallery, if he took care of the Gallery, I went to the beach with our two children, Jay and Justina. We had good times and beautiful memories of Ogunquit, Maine. In 1979 we moved to Florida and have visited since that time to see our wonderful friends in Maine and New Hampshire. Below is our Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine where we spent over 20 years going back and forth from Florida to Maine for the summer months, our children were brought up there, we enjoyed our time in Maine for the summer and the winters in Florida. We got to know some wonderful people which became our best friends and met so many of our collectors. Our son Jay has gone to heaven and our daughter Justina has given us three beautiful grandchildren we enjoy today.
All photos by the late and good friend George Sylvester.