"I look closely at the natural world around me and paint the beauty I see."
Billy Solitario explores a wide variety of subject matter, but his favorite subjects are cloudscapes and stil lifes. His confident brush strokes combine with a strong sense of design and craftsmanship to give his oil paintings power and beauty. Solitario works from his Magazine Sreet Studio in New Orleans, finding inspiration in the city?s proximity to nature and the Gulf.
Billy Solitario creates one-of-a-kind original oil paintings on stretched canvas using only the highest quality materials and methods.
In 1994, Billy graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.F.A. in painting. After graduation, he attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 1997, he received the Gwendolyn Ozol?s Scholarship Award and began painting full-time. In 2003, Billy received an M.F.A. in painting from Tulane University. Today, Solitario trains by painting the figure.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
A Unique Slant of Light., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, Copyright 2012
South Western Art Magazine 21 under 31? ?, USA, Meet 21 young artists with promising careers. September Issue, 2002
Looking at Katrina , Baton Rouge, LA USA, LSU Union Art Galley, 2005
Gwendolyn Ozols Scholarship Award, , New Orlean, LA USA, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, 1997
21st Annual Artist?s Magazines Art Competition, USA, Landscape Finalist, 2004
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Acquisition , New Orleans, LA USA, 2006
The Roosevelt Hotel, Paiting Acquisition, New Orleans, LA, usa, 2009
Whitney National Bank, Painting Acquisition, Destin Fl, USA, 2001
Emeril Lagasse, Collector , New Orleans, LA USA, 2007
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Acquisition, New Orleans LA usa, 2011