Here, in his own words, is Joseph Barani’s story:
I was born in Imperia Italy, on the Italian Riviera in 1956. I have no idea when the love of art entered my soul, but I know it was at a very early age. I lived in an orphanage until I was about four years old. My brother Franco and I were adopted by two wonderful people, Frank, and Caroline, in New York City in November of 1960. I believe it was at those very early years that I fell in art.
My uncle Tony owned a major graphic design art studio on Madison Ave. in New York City, and as a child I would visit it often. I would play with oil pastels and pencils. I was in a wonderland of all the beautiful art and design. My other uncle, Joe, worked as an art director in the same design studio. He also taught me a few things about the art world, as well as photography, and copy. There was always plenty of beautiful art in all of the homes of my family. Many of the artists were well known.
When I entered Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, I knew very little about what art really was. Even though I majored in Art, and I was exposed to it, I was often told by artists that were well in their 60’s and 70’s that it took a long time for their art to be “mature” and for them to be content with the work. I never knew what that meant, but I do now. It was during this time I realized how powerful art as well as photography was and I knew it was in my blood. I studied under Dr. Belle of Huntingdon College and we had many discussions on what “art” was and what it was not. She once told me that I had to go through many years of study and trial and error, as well as pain, and when the time came, if it ever did, that I would be happy with my work. It took more than 30 years for that to happen. It was also at this point that I fell in love with photography.
Later I went on to study at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia and then the Art Institute of Charlotte, North Carolina. I learned a great deal working with Bob Griffin and managing his art gallery, Picture House Gallery. I did Interior Design work and faux finishes supplementing my income. I saw how diverse and how art changes an entire home, as well as the entire mood of a home. Anyone who has ever known me will tell you that every place I have lived I have had the walls in my home adorned with beautiful art.
I have two to three basic styles. I tend to paint heavy impasto landscapes, still life, and I love abstracts. I do flat, and smooth brushwork as well.
I have two wonderful girls, Rachael and Callie. Married to Carmen Gargagliano and I reside in Southport/Oak Island, North Carolina. I have been coming to this incredible seaport town for many years and now consider it my home.
JOSEPH BARDANI ART STUDIO
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