Gayle Madeira is an award-winning artist, dancer and choreographer based in New York City.

Gayle Madeira is an award-winning artist, dancer and choreographer based in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the State University of New York, College at Purchase in dance performance and choreography and pursued a career as a professional dancer and choreographer for many years. Gayle’s artwork has been exhibited at The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Principle Gallery, The Foundation Gallery, and the New York Hall of Science among others. Her paintings are included in numerous private and institutional collections, and have appeared in various magazines, books, and films. Gayle’s paintings have been finalists in the Artist’s Magazine (2015, 2009), the Art Renewal Center’s juried salons (2015, 2016), and the Portrait Society of America (2016) competitions, among others.

“An internationally recognized professional artist and dancer who grew up on a farm in Northern Virginia, Gayle Madeira explores her fascination with the physical body through both media. In the words of the artist: ‘I am obsessed with figures and giving them the most honest representation that I can in artistic form.’ As a painter, she shows an exceptional attention to detail and applies techniques that distinguish her work. Her black and white charcoal portraits on gesso board, like those featured in the film “Prayer to a Vengeful God” possess both painterly and graphic qualities. In her highly detailed, to-scale, tightly cropped portraits, every hair and wrinkle is visible. From afar, it is possible to mistake her drawings and paintings for photographs. Upon closer inspection, the lines and shading, the trace of the hand, becomes apparent. Madeira started working in oil paint in 2009. She is also known for her animal portraits in watercolor which she creates using a unique dry-brush technique. Madeira’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the United States.”
–Tracy Adler, Director of Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College

 

Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions

2016 Winning entry in the Portrait Society’s 2016 member’s only show in the still life category for “Bread, Cheese, Wine, and Olive Oil”

2016 Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2016 salon in the still life category for “Bread, Cheese, Wine, and Olive Oil”

2016 ”Immortelle” group show at the Foundation Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2015 International Guild of Realism’s 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2015 The National Association of Women Artist’s Summer 2015 juried small works exhibition

2015 “Face It” The Face in Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, New York

2015 Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2014/2015 Salon in the animal category for Pasha

2015 The New Haven Paint and Clay Club The 114th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, New Haven, Connecticut

2015 “Water Ways” Juried Exhibition for Lynchburg Art Club, Virginia

2013 The Foundation Gallery (solo show), New Orleans, Louisiana

2012 Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, New York City

2011 Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, New York City

2010 The World of Artists, International Women’s Show at the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon New York

2009 The Salmagundi Club group show, New York City

2009 Group show “This Woman’s Work”, Minneapolis MN

2009 New York Hall of Science, Art Envisions Science, New York City

2008 Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, New York City

2007 Antagonist Art Movement gallery, New York City

2006 Solo Show, Frances Goodwin Space, New York City

2006 GoogleWorks group show, Reading, PA

2005 80 Fifth Avenue Gallery, New York City

2005 V-Day Exhibition, Hunter College, New York City

2004 National Arts Club, New York City

2004 In the Spotlight, 80 Fifth Avenue Gallery, New York City

2004 National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York City

2003 Solo Show, Frances Goodwin Space, New York City

2003 Brave Destiny, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York

2003 Women, Trauma and Visual Expression, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

 

Selected Commissions

2017 Portrait: Fifty Years of Orange Juice for Annette for the Scheel family

2016: Portrait: Timber for Bob and Adam, New York City

2016 Portrait: Take 5, portrait of comedian Nick Kroll for Hershey’s Corporation

2015 Still life: Paper Dolls at the Imperial Tavern for the Gucciardos, New York City

2014 Still life: Chinese Montage for Patrizia Chen, New York City

2014 Portrait: Lexi for Nomi Ghez and Dr. Michael Siegal, New York City

2014 Still life: Garlic, Olive Oil and Basil for the Gucciardos, New York City

2014 Portrait: Carlos Funes in Ensueno Milonga for Carlos Funes, New Jersey

2012 Portrait: Lady for Ellen Herz, Boston MA

2012 Portrait: Pasha for Lexa Roséan, New York City

2011 Portrait: Barry and Dorit for Barry and Dorit Black, New York City

2011 Portrait: Barbara Huduck, New Jersey

2009/10 Ten portraits for film Prayer to a Vengeful God: Paul, Leah, Dan (charcoal), Dan (watercolor), Jenn (charcoal), Jenn (watercolor), Jillaine, Beau, Amanda and Gayle

2008 Portrait: Lulu for Janet Panetta, New York City

2008 Portrait: Luke for John Bentham, New York City

2007 Portrait: Caleb for Laurie and Mark Pascual, Colorado Springs, CO

2007 Portrait: Arlo for Gina Paolillo and Ronnie Cusmano, New York City

2006 Portrait: Mason for Dawn and Jack Silverstein, New York City

2006 Portrait: Scarlett for Laurie and Mark Pascual, Colorado Springs, CO

2006 Portrait: Tantor for Lila Rhey, New York City

2005 Portrait: Vinny for Lila Rhey, New York City

2004 Portrait: Julia for Lila Rhey, New York City

2004 Portrait: Lucy and Widget for John Bentham, New York City

2003 Portrait: Sunset for Lisa Aull, Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York City

 

Publications and Projects

2017 Richeson75 Still Life & Floral Competition finalist for Watermelon Summer and Meritorious Entry for Time Running Out

2016 Finalist in the Richeson75 Still Life & Floral Competition for 2 paintings: Bread, Cheese, Wine and Olive Oil and Onion, Wine and Asian Pears

2015 Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition, Still Life/Interior category for painting entitled Bread, Cheese, Wine and Olive Oil

2015 Article in American Art Collector featuring the painting entitled Bread, Cheese, Wine and Olive Oil from the International Guild of Realism’s 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2014 Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition, Portraits/Figures category for painting entitled Can-Can Dancer in the Basement of Restaurant Florent

2013 Featured in Strokes of Genius 5: Best of Drawing | Composition

2010 Artist-of-the-Month in The Artist’s Magazine February issue

2010 Fifteen paintings shown in feature length film Prayer to a Vengeful God by Dan Eberle

2009 Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition, Animal/Wildlife category for painting entitled LB

2007 Movie poster: JailCity by Daniel Eberle, New York City

 

Awards and Honors
2004 Dorothy Tabak Memorial Award
2003 Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International

 

Affiliations
American Women Artists (AWA)
Cecilia Beaux Forum
International Guild of Realism (IGOR)
National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.)
National Watercolor Society
Oil Painters of America (OPA)
Portrait Society of America (PSA)
Allied Artists of America

 

Education
Grand Central Academy of Art, New York City (Sam Wisneski, Travis Schlaht, Ted Minoff, Patrick Byrnes, George O’Hanlon)
New York Academy of Art, New York City (Alyssa Monks, Dennis Cheaney, David Klass)
Salmagundi Club, New York City (Quang Ho)
Art Students League, New York City (David Kassan, Terence Coyle)
School of Visual Arts, New York City (illustration with Elizabeth Sayles)
State University of New York, Purchase, BFA 1992