Welcome to the website of Artist Brian Shapiro, who has created over 4000 artworks over fifty years of continuous art production. This website shows a small sampling of original works. All paintings are oil on canvas unless noted.
Please visit the galleries listed below and don't forget to contact us to receive upcoming art news.
Prices available upon request.
A "SOLD" work may be a starting point for your commission. If you have a special affinity for an image already sold, another version can be created for you.
Inquiries about original paintings or drawings can be made using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
About the Artist
Brian Shapiro was born in 1942 in Rochester, New York. He began formal art training at age eight at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. In 1960 he won the citywide art scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received an A.A.S. degree. In 1962 he was awarded a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where in 1964 he graduated with honors, earning a B.F.A. in sculpture, followed by a M.F.A. in painting in 1967.
Shapiro taught for several years before moving to rural Wisconsin where he painted landscapes and farm life as well as designing and building four homes.
In 1980 Shapiro moved to Hollywood, where he created over 200 paintings depicting movie making which were shown by the Smithsonian Institution, in museums across the United States, and by the U.S. State Department in Europe. He was the first person to have a one-person show of paintings at the Motion Picture Academy. In Santa Barbara, California and Rochester, New York, he was commissioned by over 200 businesses to create "at work" drawings and paintings. In 1993 he began a series of paintings focusing on Israel (which he exhibited through the Israeli Consulate) and on the American Jewish Renaissance and continues to work on many of the "galleries".
The autobiography " Search for Expression, The Life and Art of Brian Shapiro" can be purchased from www.LuLu.com
CLick here to view Brian's Resume
Notes : Feature Painting
In 1981 I created this painting of my friend Phil in his yard in LA working on a large six foot square portrait painting of his wife. Shortly after this he died and I moved to the east coast. The painting has been in storage ever since until I recently came across it. It struck me that it is a painting of an artist who loved his wife and wanted to show it the way he knew best. I realized that his wife should have had it. I looked her up on the internet and told her about the painting I made fifty years ago. I will be sending it to her. Isn't art great !
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