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Artist Biography ~ Alex Gnidziejko


Alex Gnidziejko "Self Portrait"


Alex Gnidziejko
(born 1943)

In the style of heightened realism,
Alex Gnidziejko’s (pronounced
"Ne-jA-kO") paintings are reminiscent of the Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Gnidziejko’s painstaking technique of egg tempera emulsion and oil give his paintings a stunning depth and three-dimensional quality. The process he uses starts with a precise under painting with white egg tempera. Using small brush strokes that follow the contour of the subject, Gnidziejko brings definition to the form and accentuates its highlights. Transparent oil glazes of complementary colors are then applied to the painting. By building up often twenty or more layers of these glazes over luminescent egg tempera, Gnidziejko is able to achieve the life-like quality that characterizes his paintings.

As one of the foremost masters of this medium, his work is included in many public and private collections, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

New York School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Museum Exhibitions:

Morris Museum of Art, Morristown, NJ

Middlesex Cultural Museum, Piscataway, NJ

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Maine State Capitol, Augusta, ME

Governor's Mansion, Trenton, NJ

Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH

Alex Gnidziejko "Moonglow"



Advertising's ANDY Award.

Awards of Excellence, California Magazine.

Creativity Certificate of Distinction, Art Direction Magazine.

Gold Medal, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.

Award, New Jersey Watercolor Society.

A.C.E. Award, Advertising Communication Excellence.

Award, Graphic Design U.S.A.

Award, Directors Club of New Jersey.

Award, Communication Arts Society of Los Angeles.

National Award, American Society of Business Press Editors.


Corporate & Institutional Collections & Commissions:

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

New York Magazine Collection

McCall's Publishing Corporation

Celestial Seasonings Co.

Holiday Inn Corporation

Lenox China, Inc.

Mobile Oil Corporation

State of New Jersey

National Broadcasting Corporation

Grey Advertising Group, New York, NY

Time Life Corporation

J. Walter Thompson Advertising, New York, NY

New York Times Magazine

Psychology Today Magazine

Joann D. & Henry L. McCorkle Collection

CBS Records

Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Penthouse International Ltd.

Good Housekeeping Magazine

Sports Illustrated Magazine

Time Magazine, Inc.

Scott Foresman & Company, Glenview, IL

Boy's Life Magazine

National Geographic Magazine

Seventeen Magazine

Avon Publishing Company, New York, NY

Warner Books

United Artists Records

Atlantic Records

RCA Records

Harmon Jones Sanford & Elliot, Camden, ME

Androscoggin Savings Bank, Lewiston, ME

Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta, ME

Central Maine Health Care, Lewiston, ME

Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Portland, ME

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath ME

Parkview Hospital, Brunswick, ME

Bates College Collection, Lewiston, ME

Latham & Watkins, LLP, San Francisco, CA

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA