Louis A. Guarnaccia, American b. 1958
“After all my years maturing as a fine art painter, I feel grateful that my clientele are purchasing my paintings and connecting with the vision I’ve had since I was a very young artist. I put my heart into every painting I create. We are put on this planet for a short time. My time is committed to creating beautiful moments and experiences in paint that will hopefully bring happiness and peace to the art lover and collector alike.”
Louis was born in Omaha, NE, in 1958. At the age of nine, he began painting in oil and by the time he was 14 his studies in the art of painting, drawing, and art theory accelerated in high school under Stanley Stephanowitz. His arts education continued under Frank Novak in the Visual and Fine Art school at the Norwich Free Academy and Slater Museum in Norwich, CT., then under master artists Deane G. Keller, Ken Davies, and Rudolph Zallinger at the Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT.
Following art school, Louis 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. In 1995 he established his own advertising agency and moved to Nantucket, MA. In 2000, he began painting full-time, focusing on both portrait commissions, New England landscapes and maritime painting.
After painting for more than 47 years, Guarnaccia’s maritime and landscape paintings continue to be placed in prestigious corporate and private collections spanning the United States and Europe. Today, his work is exhibited and available at Helmholz Fine Art in Manchester Center, VT. He also exhibits in several other regional galleries and select arts associations.
Louis is also ranked as a Roku Dan (6th degree Black Belt) in the martial art of Aikido, and a certified teacher. Since 1995, Louis has been the chief instructor and founder of the Aikido Association of Nantucket, MA and since 2014 Louis Guarnaccia Sensei continues to grow his student following, creating special Aikido classes designed specifically for teaching children and women. He is also a Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Sword and Chi Gong practitioner.
Louis is also a musician and in November 2014 he was one of three Nantucket artist/musicians chosen by the Artists’ Association of Nantucket to perform a concert, made possible with a grant from the Nantucket Atheneum, entitled “Chasing Light”. The concert was aimed at illustrating the artist’s connection between visual and audible art. Louis played original acoustic guitar music against a background featuring his paintings and then answered questions from the audience about his art, music and creative process.