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Michael Grimaldi (b. 1971, New York City)

Michael Grimaldi is a visual artist whose work primarily focuses on monochrome paintings and drawings of the real and imagined. He has exhibited extensively throughout the US and abroad and has taught drawing, painting and anatomy for over twenty years at various institutions including the School of Visual Arts, National Academy, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Students League of New York. Currently, Grimaldi is the Director of the Departments of Drawing and Anatomy at the New York Academy of Art.

Michael Grimaldi studied painting and drawing at the New York Studio School, the National Academy, the Art Students League of New York and performed independent studies in anatomy and dissection at the Facultad Medicina in Buenos Aires and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Since 2009, he designed and taught an advanced anatomy course that is hosted by Drexel University College of Medicine where art students are given the opportunity to directly study from human cadavers alongside medical students in Drexel’s Gross Anatomy Labs.

He has lectured on the relationship of art and science and his own work at numerous institutions including the Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine, The Morgan Library & Museum, the Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Studio Incamminati, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the Institute of Classical Architecture.

He has received numerous awards including the Alma Schapiro Prize/Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Montello Foundation Residency, the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, two Stacey Foundation Grants, and two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants.

He has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world including the Arnot Museum (Elmira, NY), Villa Bardini/Museo Pietro Annigoni (Florence), Beijing Art Museum (Beijing), Brooklyn Museum (New York), Chauncey Stillman Gallery (Connecticut), DAAP Reed Gallery (Cincinnati), de Young Museum (San Francisco), Fontbonne University Gallery (St. Louis), Mori Arts Center (Tokyo), Naples Museum of Art (Naples, FL), the National Academy Museum (New York), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum (Philadelphia), John Pence Gallery (San Francisco), Forum Gallery (New York), Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York), Mark Miller Gallery (New York), Joshua Liner Gallery (New York), MANA Contemporary (New Jersey), and James Oliver Gallery (Philadelphia).

His work is in numerous permanent collections including: Brooklyn Museum, NY, De Young Museum, CA, Lucasfilms LTD, The Walt Disney Company, and Drexel University College of Medicine, PA

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions

2022     Monochrome – Chauncey Stillman Gallery – Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

            80th Annual Exhibition – Migration — Woodmere Art Museum  

            1st Annual Hartley International — Salmagundi Club

2021     Memento Vivere – Chauncey Stillman Gallery – Lyme Academy of Fine Arts      

2020     Selections from the Seagrave Museum – DAAP Reed Gallery – University of Cincinnati

            Works on Paper – James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia

2019     Corpo a Corpo – Pietro Annigoni Museum – Villa Bardini, Firenze

2018     Woodmere 77th Annual Exhibition – Woodmere Art Museum, PA

            On Paper – MANA Contemporary and the Florence Academy of Art

            From Life – Royal Academy of Art, London

2017     James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia

2016     Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller – Brooklyn Museum

            JOG 10 – James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia

            Consecrated Reality – MANA Contemporary and the Florence Academy of Art

            Now and Then – New York Academy of Art in partnership with the Dahesh Museum of Art 

            Tell Them Stories: Origins – Mark Miller Gallery

2015     Star Wars: Visions – Mori Arts Center, Tokyo

2014     Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist – Joshua Liner Gallery

2013     Contemporary American Realism – Travelling Exhibition, China:

            Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Shanghai

2012     Heads Up Steven Boone Gallery, NM – Curated by Geoffrey Lawrence

            Resolve Joshua Liner Gallery, NY – Curated by Tony Curanaj

            Contemporary American Realists of ACOPAL The Butler Institute of American Art, OH

2011     Michael Grimaldi, Recent Drawings – Fontbonne University Gallery, St. Louis (Solo)

Expressing the Figure: Drawings from Life St. John’s University, NY

            Contemporary American Realists ACOPAL National Arts Club, NY

2010     Anatomy Now Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum

2010     Arcadia Gallery

2009     Visions – Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings, (traveling exhibition):

                        Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

                           Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL

2008     Selected Drawings John Pence Gallery, San Francisco

2007     The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

            The Annual Instructors’ Exhibition Harriman Gallery, The Art Students League of New York

            RAM Art, Miami

            Drawings John Pence Gallery, CA

            Trompe L’Oeil, An Invitational Exhibition John Pence Gallery, CA

2006     Annual Instructors Exhibition Gallery of The Art Students League of New York

            Mastery and Meaning Union League of Philadelphia

            Interiors John Pence Gallery, CA

2005     Arcadia Gallery, NY

            he Art of Studio Incamminati Instructors Chauncey Center, NJ

2004     Allegory John Pence Gallery, CA

2003     Michael Grimaldi, Recent Works – Arcadia Gallery, NY (Solo)

Self Portraits John Pence Gallery, CA

            Views of Balleroy The Forbes Galleries, NY

            Re-presenting Representation IV Arnot Art Museum, NY

2002     New Works Forum Gallery, NY

            Selected American Realists John Pence Gallery, CA

2001     Recent Oil Paintings and Drawings of Michael Grimaldi – John Pence Gallery, CA (Solo) 

2000     New Talent Arcadia Gallery, NY

            Hirschl & Adler Galleries, NY

            Landscapes John Pence Gallery, CA

            Meredith Long Gallery, TX

1999     Art and Illusion John Pence Gallery, CA

            Drawings John Pence Gallery, CA

            Landscapes Meredith Long Gallery, TX

            The Paint Group Hirschl & Adler Galleries, NY

            Meredith Long Gallery, TX

1998     The Drawings of Michael Grimaldi – The Studio Gallery, WA (Solo)

Still Lifes John Pence Gallery, CA

            Landscapes John Pence Gallery, CA

            173rd Annual Exhibition National Academy Museum, NY

1997     78th National Exhibition Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

            National Academy, School of Fine Arts, Instructors Union League Club, NY

1996     Lizan-Topps Gallery, NY

1995     Drawings and Paintings of Michael A. Grimaldi – Marie Harriman Gallery 

Awards and Honors

2018     Montello Foundation, Nevada: Artist in Residence

2007     American Academy in Rome – Affiliated Fellowship: Alma Schapiro Prize

2002     Forbes Foundation, Balleroy, France: Artist in Residence

2002     Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Québec

1999     Stacey Foundation Grant, Oklahoma City, OK

1999     Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Québec

1998     Stacey Foundation Grant, Oklahoma City, OK

1993     Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, NY

1990     Merit Scholarship, The Art Students League of New York

Teaching

2015-Present      The New York Academy of Art – Chair of Drawing and Anatomy Department/Full-time Faculty

2009-Present      New York Academy of Art in Partnership with Drexel University College of Medicine: Program Founder and Instructor – Advanced Artistic Anatomy

2017-2022          The New York Academy of Art – Faculty Chair

2013-2015          The New York Academy of Art: Adjunct Faculty – Compositional Drawing from Life, Life Drawing, and Anatomy

2006-2015          The Art Students League of New York.  Instructor – Painting from Life, Figure Drawing & Anatomy

2008-2014          Janus Collaborative School of Art: Co-founder, Director and Instructor   

2011-2013          Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Adjunct Professor – Life Painting and Anatomy

2010                 The New York Academy of Art: Adjunct Faculty – History of Drawing Techniques

2006-2008          Grand Central Art Academy, NY.  Co-founder, Curriculum Committee, Faculty

2002-2005          Studio 126, NY.  Co-Founder and Instructor – Figure and Portrait Drawing, Painting, and  Anatomy

1997-2003          The Water Street Atelier, NY.  Instructor – Figure and Portrait Drawing and Painting,

1997-2001          The School of Visual Arts, NY.  Instructor – Figure Drawing and Anatomy

1995-1996          The National Academy of Design, NY.  Instructor – Figure Drawing

Selected Bibliography

2021     Moonshots and The Strange Stories that Bodies Tell You, an interview with Michael Grimaldi by Heather Shayne Blakeslee – Root Quarterly – Volume II Issue No. 1 – Cover, Page 5 and Pages 31-39

            Art Meet Offspring Podcast Interview of Michael Grimaldi by Monica Flory

2019     Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death by Claudia Kalb, photographs by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimbert – National Geographic Magazine May 2019

2018     The Renaissance Tradition of Using Cadavers in Drawing Classes Is Still Alive by Karen Chernick

            Bodyscan: Anatomie in Kunst + Wissenschaft at Eres Stiftung, Munich – Exhibition Catalog

2107     The Hillock, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel UCoM – Volume 1, p. 18

2014     Suggested Donation – Episode 12 – Podcast Interview.

            The Gross Lab – WHYY Friday Arts Television Segment, Michael O’Reilly, Producer         

The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture by Donald Kuspit, Irving Sandler, Margaret McCann and David Kratz

2013     NDT Life Magazine, Taiwan. The Drawings and Paintings of Michael Grimaldi Summer 2013 Pages 23-29

2010     Classical Life Drawing Studio by James Lancel McElhinney and the Instructors of the Art Students League of New York. Pages 137-141

A Brief Trip with Caveh Zahedi by Grippingly Authentic – Online Periodical of Contemporary Art and Culture

2008     Visions: Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings Exhibition Catalog by curator Townsend Wolfe. Page 43. 

            Classical Painting Atelier by Juliette Aristides

            The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: A Gift to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Exhibition Catalogue, Page 95

            American Art Collector. The Bones of Art. January Issue, Page 170.

2007     LINEA: The Journal of The Art Students League of New York

2006     Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice by Juliette Aristides

            The Renascent Journal, State of the Art – Online Journal of Contemporary Art

2005     KNOCK Journal, Antioch University Seattle, Volume 2 Number two, Page 9

2003     Michael Grimaldi, Recent Work, exhibition catalogue, Arcadia Gallery

2001     Thirst Magazine. This, by T.R. Ericsson – Volume 1, Number one, Pages 22-23

            Recent Oil Paintings and Drawings of Michael Grimaldi, exhibition catalogue, John Pence Gallery

1999     American Artist. A Realist Coup, September, Pages 18-21

            American Arts Quarterly The Paint Group, Spring, Pages 27-32

            Art Times The Paint Group June, Pages 10-11

1998     The Best of Sketching and Drawing: A Collection of Still Lifes, Portraits and Landscapes by Terry Sullivan

1993     Art Students League News McDowell Award Winners