Tom Chibbaro

Tom Chibbaro Paintings



The figures in these paintings first came to me over half a century ago when I was 14. My mother gave me 50 cents to attend life drawing sessions after school with my friend Rodney, who was born the same day as me. By now, painting the female body has become an homage. The form has become a hybrid, a cross-pollination of the many women (and cats) I’ve seen and painted in my life.

I paint using a technique I developed over the years from working with egg tempera. I think it’s possible to see something new in the familiar, that beauty and humor are timeless. I hope to give pleasure and surprise to the viewer. I paint slowly, every day; I seek accident, look for the magic, and eat plenty of fiber.



A graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, Tom Chibbaro has won many awards for his work, such as the Walter Biggs Memorial Award from the National Academy of Design, the Jurors Award in the Small Works Annual at New York University, and First Prize at the Shelby Art League in North Carolina. He received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and his works have shown at the Contemporary Portraits of the Northeast show, Creative Arts Center in New Haven, the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, and the American Watercolor Society, in New York. He has taught at Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts. His work is owned by Malcolm Forbes, the Staten Island Museum, and the Springfield Art Museum, among others.

Vivien Raynor reviewed his work in The New York Times: " . . . Noteworthy efforts include the small vivid landscapes of Tom Chibbaro, each complimented by a handmade frame."

James Polk, of The Woodstock Times, wrote: "Chibbaro does not just paint pretty pictures. His art is in the detail, and the statements he makes are hidden away in the minutiae."