Cranston artist Vincent Castaldi is exhibiting his works through March 15 at the Maxwell Mays Gallery in the Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street in Providence.
Discovering his interest and ability in drawing as early as elementary school, he began to develop his artistic skills by participating in many art, drawing and pottery classes. In junior high school, Vincent was accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design Junior School Program figure drawing classes.
As a student at Cranston High School West, he completed many accelerated art classes and in 1982 was accepted into the freshman class at RISD. Majoring in illustration, he elected such courses as caricature, editorial and children’s illustration. In 1985 he was accepted into the RISD European Honors Program in Rome. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from RISD in 1986.
Castaldi’s art covers the walls of the elegant Providence Art Club, along with Jim Bush and S. Chandler Kissel in a presentation titled “Of Three Minds.” His works are quite unique and provide an interesting contrast to the other artists on display.
At a reception in his honor last week, he paid tribute to his art teachers in the Cranston school system. His current portfolio includes a series of portraits, landscapes, still-lifes and abstract images. He continues to show and sell his paintings locally, nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards in several juried shows, donating many pieces to charities over the years, including two pieces per year to the Spurwink RI/Gail Badessa Memorial Fund.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. If you have never been in the historic Providence Art Club, this is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of Rhode Island’s architectural treasures.
Museum hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.