Donato Giancola (1967)

Donato Giancola (born 1967) is an American artist specializing in narrative realism with science fiction and fantasy content.

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Donato Giancola was born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, near Burlington, in the state of Vermont. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.[1]
Giancola first majored in electrical engineering at the University of Vermont, but left for Syracuse University to seriously pursue painting in 1989. He graduated with a BFA in 1992.[1]
Giancola describes himself and his work as a 'classical-abstract-realist working with science fiction and fantasy' and lists Hans MemlingJan van EyckVelázquezCaravaggioVermeerPiet MondrianRembrandtRubens and Titian as his favorite artists.[2]
Giancola has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.[3] He has been described as a "cult hero" among fantasy collectible card game players.[4] In 2008, the Bennington Banner referred to him as "arguably the most popular and successful sci-fi/fantasy artist working today".[5]


Giancola's work has won many awards and accolades with highlights including:
  • Hamilton King Award for Excellence, Society of Illustrators, 2008.
  • World Fantasy Award: Best Artist, 2004.[6]
  • Eighteen Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA) including their award for Artistic Achievement in 2002.
  • Several Silver and Gold Awards as well as Honorable Mention from Spectrum's Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.
  • Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, 2006, 2007, 2009; also nominated six times.
  • Several Awards of Merit, Society of Illustrators, 'Our Own Show' exhibitions.
  • Two Best of Shows Award and Best Professional Artist, Lunacon Science Fiction Convention
  • Art Renewal Center, International Salon 2004, first place, figurative category.[7]

Art exhibitions[edit]

  • Donato Giancola: From Middle Earth to Outer Space and Beyond, Huntsville (Alabama) Museum of Art, 2013-2014.
  • Magical Adventures: Fantasy Art from The Frank Collection, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004.
  • Illustrators, The Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition of Illustration, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, New York. 1999-2004.
  • The Art of 'The Lord of the Rings', Exhibition of book cover and interior illustration, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, 2002.