GREGORY PERILLO : A Staten Island Legend

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Gregory Perillo is one of today’s most respected and renowned American Western artists. His powerfully dramatic, emotional depictions of Native Americans and early settlers, as well as Western landscapes and wildlife, have made him one of America’s leading painters and sculptors.

Born in Greenwich Village, Perillo moved to Staten Island, New York, at age two and has lived there his entire life. Poverty stricken as a boy, he was forced to use as canvases the paper bags ironed by his mother and his first medium was coffee. His earliest impressions of the American West came from his father, an immigrant, who was studying American History.

As a youngster, Perillo studied the works of the masters of American Western art, spending much of his time at the American Indian exhibit in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. After serving in the Navy in World War II, through the GI bill he began his formal art education. He attended the Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. Interestingly, Perillo’s most productive learning experience was spawned from a visit to Arizona in 1950, where he had a chance meeting with the legendary American master William Robinson Leigh. In what became almost a father-son relationship, Leigh taught Perillo, his only known pupil, for several years. Since then, Perillo has often traveled to Native American lands, where he has spent time studying the culture and customs as well as sketching the people and scenery of the American West.

Today, Gregory Perillo’s artwork hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections, galleries and museums throughout the United States. Starting in the 1980s, his paintings have been reproduced in many different mediums, from giclee canvas art, lithographs and limited editions collectibles. No living American artist has enjoyed greater market success. It appears that Perillo’s range is boundless. He paints canvases from miniature size to murals. Sculptures range from six inches to fourteen feet.

For the past two decades, Gregory Perillo had dedicated himself to philanthropic work, including donating his time and talents to the New York City Public School system, the Boy Scouts of America, American Parkinson Disease Association, 9/11 charities and many other charitable and humanitarian causes.

The artwork below is just a fraction of Mr. Perillo’s
80 year’s of Career. All artwork and writing’s, videos are Property & Courtesy of Mr. Perillo.

Thank You & God Bless

Western Paintings

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Vietnam Tribute

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Sport’s

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Wildlife

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Children

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Video – Gregory Perillo Interview at Home

A Visit to Gregory Perillo’s Home

Video – Gregory Perillo

Video Gregory Perillo – Vietnam’s Unsung Heroes

Staten Island Advance – Anthony Perillo Remembering Nancy Reagen

Staten Island Advance – Gregory Perillo Exhibition Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

Staten Island Advance Gregory Perillo Brings a Touch of the West to Our Lady Queen of Peace School

Staten Island Advance Gregory Perillo donates painting to school

Please visit Mr. Gregory Perillo’s online gallery to view more of his work at link below.

Gregory Perillo Fine Art On-Line

And please visit Mr. Gregory Perillo Fine Art on Facebook

Gregory Perillo Fine Art Facebook