Gary Faigin's work is largely inspired by a series of late paintings by Morandi. "I was particularly struck by his (Morandi) imposing a strict geometrical framework on unlikely grouping of disparate objects, a framework that heightened the tension between the flat and the dimensional, what recedes, what advances."

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Faigin studied with famed anatomist, Robert Beverly Hale, at the Art Students League of New York. He also spent a year at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1989, Faigin and his wife opened a summer art school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, launching the Academy of Realist Art at St. Johns College, which eventually became the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, where he is Artistic Director. The Frye Art Museum in Seattle presented a retrospective exhibition of Faigin's work in 2001. Faigin lives in Seattle.


1978-1979 Ecole National Superiore des beaux-arts, Paris, etudiant libre
1976-1978 Art Students League, New York City, student of Robert Beverly Hale
1968-1970 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


2014 Concentrated: New Paintings, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle

2012 Birth is a Beginning: A Jewish Year, 16’ Mural, Temple Beth Am, Seattle

2010 Compression Fittings, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Reality Check: Envisioning the Still Life, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR; Face Backward: Gary Faigin, Seattle Academy of Fine Art, Seattle, WA
2007 Five by Faigin, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 The Secret Lives of Still Lifes, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002 Moving Pictures, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001 Tradition & Contradiction (retrospective), Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1999 City of Billboards, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
1997 Beyond the Still Life, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
1995 Real Life/Still Life, Woodside/ Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
1993 Santa Fe Observed, Frank Croft Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1992 A Sense of Light, Frank Croft Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Small Works, Realist Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1987/88Arthur M. Bell Printmaking Award, Santa Fe, NM
1987 Sleep/Sleeplessness, Realist Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1985 Recent Works, Frank Croft Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
198 41% for Art, Purchase Award, New York, NY


2011 The Human Figure or Parts Thereof, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011 Gary Faigin & the Eli Levin Drawing Group, Argos Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010 Summer Selections, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 Celebrating Realism, Museo Gallery, Langley, WA
2009 West Coast Drawings, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA
2009 Faces, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
2009 Neddy Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2009 Objects of our Attention, Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Yelling at Your Environment, Harrington Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Committed to Ink, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 From Barbizon to Santa Fe: 100 Santa Fe Etchers, Argos Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Works by Harriet Goode & Friends, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill, SC; New High Renaissance, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR; Five by Faigin, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006 Artistically Engaged, WA State Convention Center, Seattle
2005 Small Works, Seattle Academy of Fine Art; Grand Opening Group Show at Meyer Gallery, Meyer Gallery, Jackson, WY; Grand Re-Opening Group Show, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 Art Students League Invitational, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY; Art at the Port Invitational, Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes WA; SAFA Instructor Invitational, Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, Seattle
2003 5th Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
2002 4th Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
2001 3rd Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
2000 National Realism Invitational, Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe
1998 Interior Visions, Maryhill Art Museum, Goldendale; In the Spirit of Spring, Guadalupe Gallery, Santa Fe
1997 Leonardo Lives, Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, Seattle

2011 Visiting Artist, Art Department, University of Washington

2009 Juror, CVG 2009 Exhibition, Bremerton, WA
2008 Catalog author, Joe Max Emminger; Craig Kosak; Juror, Eastside Association of Fine Arts, 29th Annual Exhibition, Bellevue; Audio Guide, Inspiring Impressionism, Seattle Art Museum; Juror, Expressions West, Coos Bay, OR; Catalog author, Univ. of Wisconsin, Union Art Gallery, Meditations and Revelations The Work of Lauren Grossman and Prophet William Blackmon
2004 Juror, Eastside Association of Fine Arts, 29th Annual Exhibition, Bellevue; Festival Poster Artist, Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes
2002-2004 Frye Art Museum Art Advisory Board, Seattle
2003-Present, NW Art discussion site, Monthly Art Reviewer; KUOW Presents, KUOW, Seattle's NPR station, Monthly Art Reviewer
1995-Present Tour Guide, Academy Art Tours, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle 1994 Juror, Juan de Fuca 1st Annual National Festival of Art, Port Angeles
1993 Making Order Out of Chaos, Artists Magazine, August 93, Author & Illustrator
1990 The Artists Complete Guide to Facial Expression (plus six translations) Watson-Guptill Publications/NYC, Author & Illustrator
1984 Drawing the Live Model with Gary Faigin (Video), Reel World Productions Ltd, Narrator

2008-Present Visiting Artist, Keystone Animation Program, University of Washington

1989-Present Gage Academy of Art, Seattle WA (Co-Founder & Artistic Director)
1998 Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong
1988-1991 National Academy of Design School of Fine Art, New York City
1986-1991 Parsons School of Design, New York City
1985-1987 New York Academy of Figurative Art, New York City
1983-1989 School of Visual Arts, New York City
1982-1991 Art Students League, New York City


2011 Tacoma Art Museum, Keeping it Real: Realism in late 20th C. America

2009 Tempe Center for the Arts, Facial Expression and the Artist
2004 American Academy of Plastic Surgery, Rejuvenation of the Aging Face, San Diego
2003 Capitol Hill Arts, NW Realist Artists Today, Seattle; Tacoma Art Museum, Poets & Painters Salon, Tacoma
2002 Seattle Asian Art Museum, Poets & Painters Salon, Seattle
2001 The Mississippi Artists Guild, Seeing the Light lectures, Jackson
2000 Seattle Art Museum, Seeing the Light lectures, Seattle; Industrial Light & Magic, Depicting Facial Expressions, San Francisco
1997 The Mississippi Artists Guild, Jackson; The Frye Art Museum, Seeing the Light lectures, Seattle
1995 The Mississippi Artists Guild, Jackson; Seattle Art Museum, for the Academy of Realist Art, Seattle East Side Fine Arts Association, Bellevue
1994 Art Students League, Portrait Lectures, New York Grand Strand; Watercolor Workshops, Myrtle Beach
1993 Art Students League, New York Art Students League; Denver: The Museum of New Mexico, for the NM Pastel Society, Albuquerque; Fuller Art Lodge, Los Alamos
1992 Art Students League, Portrait Lectures, New York; American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, New York; The Sunshine Coast Art Center, Sechelt, BC
1991 Puget Sound League of Northwest Painters, Seattle
1990 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tour for Docents Guild, New York
1989 The Museum of Modern Art, Tour for Hunter College, New York NY; Academy of Art, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Symposium, New York 

Jen Graves, "Art School Confidential," Seattle Stranger, April 25, 2007 (cover article)
Wikipedia, Gary Faigin, Jeffrey Hirsch, "Whats in a Name," Encore City Arts, June 2006, pg. 4
Deborah Frockt, "How to Make an Artist, Northwest Style," Jewish Transcript, May 23, 2006, pg. 15
Shirl Brainard, "A Design Manual," 4th edition (college textbook), Prentice Hall, 2005
Ann-Marie Stillion, "Drawing Faithfully, Seeing with an Open Mind," Northwest Asian Weekly, August 7, 2004
Gale Fiege, "A Natural Attraction," Skagit Valley Herald, August 5, 2004, D3
"Art in all its forms on display at Festival," Anacortes American, August 4, 2004, B1
Nancy Walbeck, "Realism: Artists featured at Festivals Invitational Show," Anacortes American, July 28, 2004, A1
Doug Schwartz, "Academy Finds New Life on the Hill," Capitol Hill Times, February 11, 2004, pg. 1
Marcie Sillman, Seattle Academy of Fine Art,  Seattle ArtsLink on SCCTV, January 2004
Matthew Kangas, "Two Artists Reach Different Crossroads," Seattle Times, January 23, 2004
Paul J. Karlstrom, Fifth Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery (exhibition catalog), June 5-July 10, 2003, pg. 39
Christine Frey, "Growing up is a Fine Thing for Art Academy," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 11, 2003
Heidi Deitrich, "Seattle Academy moving to old Cornish space," Puget Sound Business Journal, October 31, 2003, pg. 14
Bonnie Ganglehoff, "Moving Pictures" (feature story), Southwest Art, December 2002
Southwest Art Editors, Art Scene News, Southwest Art, July 2002
Karen T. Taylor, Forensic Art and Illustration, CRC Press, 2001, pgs. 67, 68, 71, 105, 398
Jean Carruthers Wetta, Contemporary Realism, Southwest Art, December 2001
Jo Basiste, "Sleepless in Santa Fe," Albuquerque Journal, November 9, 2001, pg. 6
Victoria Joslyn, "Moses and the Profits," – Puget Sounds' forum of visual art, July 2001
Charlene Freadman Kahn, "Line, form, contents . . . hpilkis: Gary Faigin is at the Frye," The Jewish Transcript, Friday, August 10, 2001, pg. 24
Emily Hall, "Gary Faigin, Tradition & Contradiction," The Stranger Visual Arts Listings, August 2-8, 2001
Victoria Joslyn, "Faigin's fabulous fruit shows his skill as an art historian," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Thursday, July 26, 2001, pg. E7
Debra J. Byrne & Richard V. West, Editors, Gary Faigin: Tradition & Contradiction – A Conversation with the Artist, Frye Art Museum catalog, July 2001
Patricia Failing, The Copley Effect: Realism 2001 (Third Annual Realism Invitational), Jenkins Johnson Gallery catalog, July 2001, pg. 30
Jean Carruthers Wetta, "Realism Today: Contemporary Realism -- 8 Artists Offer Fresh Perspectives," Southwest Art, March 2001, pg. 78
Leah Weathersby, NSCC Art Show features local artists, Jet City Maven, December, 2000, pg. 10. Bonnie Ganglehoff, "News Beat: Seattle Realist Art School Changes Names," Southwest Art News, August 2000,  pg. 78
Jennifer Wong, "Representational Art Continues to Captivate Modern Audiences," Art Business News, July 2000, Cover & pp 38-40
Jia Difei, Contemporary American Oil Painting, Jilin Fine Arts Publishing House, 1999, pp 130-35
Lynn Steinberg, "Drawing on Experience,"  Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 29, 1999, E-1&E-3
Robin Hamilton, "Academy teaches Fundamentals with Perspective,"  Ballard News-Tribune, January 14, 1998, p 8 & 14
Ian Hodder, "A Seattle Renaissance-The Academy of Realist Art," Artifact Magazine, January/February 1997, pp 25 & 26
Peter Neurath, "Learning all about the Big Picture," Puget Sound Business Journal.  June 28-July 4, 1996, pg. 18
Carmi Weingrod, Beyond Realism (feature story), American Artist, June 1996, pp. 28-33
Lucille Wilner, Roundup - Gary Faigin at Woodside/Braseth Gallery (Seattle), Reflex, April/May 1995, pg. 18
John Villani, Miniatures. Pasatiempo (The New Mexican, Santa Fe), February 10, 1995
Tom McTaggart, Subversive Still-Lifes.  Seattle Weekly, February 8, 1995
Robin Updike, Sketchbook-Realistic Figurative Art, The Seattle Times, February 27, 1995, E-1
Carmi Weingrod, "Skeleton in Your Closet: Do You Know Your Anatomy?" American Artist, April, 1995, p 12
Carmi Weingrod, "Up Close & Personal:  Artists and their Self-Portraits," American Artist, February, 1995, pp 14-16
Bruce Barcott, "Studio View-Seattle," New Art Examiner, January 1994
Barbara Fischman, Artist-Educator Gary Faigin (feature story)
Pastelagram (Pastel Society of America, NYC), June 1994, pp 1-8
Lynn Cline, "Seattle Artists offer an Art Version of Outward Bound," The New Mexican, August 18, 1994
Deloris Tarzan Ament, "Artists Group Takes Aim at Bias Against Realism," The Seattle Times, November 14, 1993
Catherine Watson, "Perspective on the Canvas and the Soul," Minnesota Star Tribune, October 31, 1993
Lis Bensley,  "A Mastery of Technique Radiates from Gary Faigins Paintings,"  Pasatiempo, September 17, 1993
Carmi Weingrod, "Soft Pastel & Fixatives,"  American Artist, September 1993, pp 14-22
Colin Haskin, "Giving Neophytes an Artists Eye," The Toronto Globe and Mail, July 17, 1993
Deloris Tarzan Ament,  "Learning to See,"  The Seattle Times/Seattle Post Intelligencer, October 4, 1992
John Villani, "Faigin seeks Flavor of Italian Masters," Pasatiempo, August 28, 1992
Gussie Fauntleroy, "Exploring the Real in Art," Pasatiempo, July 10, 1992
Stuart Burnside, "Putting a Furrow in the Brow of Facial Expression," Weekender (Coast News, Sechelt), March 26, 1992
Lars M. Vistnes, MD, "The Artists Complete Guide to Facial Expression"  Annals of Plastic Surgery (Book Review), February 1992
Deloris Tarzan Ament, "The Timing was Right for Artists Belyea, Faigin," The Seattle Times, January 16, 1992
D.C.H. "The Artists Complete Guide to Facial Expression," American Artist (Book Review), November 1991
John Villani, "Exploring Subtleties of Realism in Art," Pasatiempo, July 5, 1991
Arlyn P. Coad, "The Artists Complete Guide to Facial Expression," The Puppeteers Journal, Spring 1991, p 20
Nancy Catandella, Art Book Reviews, Art Times, May 1991, p 14
Draper Hill, "An Artists Guide to Facial Expression," Notebook of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Winter, 1991, p 5
John Villani, "Facial gets under your Skin,"  The New Mexican, January 4, 1991
Dennis Kendrick, New York Presidents Report--Book Review 
The Update-Graphic Artists Guild of New York, January 1991, p. 3
Marshall Arisman, "Emotional Breakdown,"  Print Magazine, September/October 1991
Joseph Agris, MD, Book Reviews, The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, Vol 8, No 2, 1991
Richmond Shepard, "Facial Expression,"  The Wall Street Transcript, December 3, 1990.