Frank Virga



Artist Biography and Background

Bio
Recognized in high school for his exceptional artistic talent his still life paintings were exhibited in the famous Lever House Building in New York City, 1968.
Desirous to help people he pursued a degree in the Medical Arts receiving a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University in 1975.
While practicing for 30 years helping his patients he also studied the Fine Arts at various Art Schools like the Student Art League in New York City and also studied independently. He learned the skills and techniques of the Classical Old Master Painters.
In 2005 in order to immerse himself in the Fine Arts full-time he retired from Dentistry. Frank paints in many genre but loves Painting figurative, realistic, emotional paintings, depicting life's most memorable moments. He paints primarily in glazed layers of oil paint.
Frank adheres to his own path even though critics abound. His goal is to move the viewer so they may relate to the human condition in his painting and by owning the painting can add value to their lives. He wishes to arouse feelings, explore sensitive issues, and make powerful statements, to communicate with them, to make people see things in a new light and make a difference.
Frank lives with his wife of over 35 years in Massapequa New York and paints in his studio every day. His paintings can be found in many private collections and their value has steadily increased over the years.
Lived
born 1948 Brooklyn, New York
Region
New York
Known for
Portrait, Figural, Still Life
Nickname
Doc
Studied
Attila Hejjia,Steven Academy, Oyster Bay N.Y. [2007-2009]
Robert Armetta, LIAF, Glen Cove, New York [2010-2012]
Paul Gatto Galleries, Farmingdale N.Y. [ 2002, 2006, 2008]
Max Ginsderg, Art Student League of N.Y.C. [2014]
David Leffel N.YC. [2016]
New York University College of Dentistry N.Y.C. [1972-1975]
Earned Degree -Doctor Of Dental Surgury- [D.D.S.]
Dentist that practiced in Brooklyn And Massapequa N.Y[1975-2005]
Professions
Painter, Sculptor
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
1968, Lever House, Best Still Life, Solo Exhibition
1970, Hunter College, Best Sculpture, Solo Exhibition
2003, National Museum Of Catholic Art and History, N.Y.C. Best Old Master
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2016, Art league of Long Island Dix Hills, [Figuratively Speaking Exhibition]
2016, ArtLeague of Long Island Dix Hills, [Motion In Art Exhibition]
2014 , Art Expo NewYork City, Solo Exhibition and Show
Museums
National Museum of Cathlic Art And History, New York City,
Sold to private collectors and thru galleries.
Memberships
Student Art League N.Y.C., [2000-2005] , Member
Salmagundi Club N.Y.C., [2005-2010], Member
Art League Of Long Island Dix Hills N.Y., [2010-present], Member
Other Sources
Websites= frankvirga.com , fvirgadentist.com, askart.com, art pal.com
Galleries
Paul Gatto Galleries Farmingdale N.Y 2005
Chrysalis Gallery Southampton, N.Y. 2010
Artist Statement
"A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words". Inspired by my favorite old masters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt and countless others I wish to bring their style into the 21st century. With every bushstroke of oil on canvas using highly emotional, inspirational, and passionate moments in time, I try to speak to what makes us all human our Souls. If I have accomplished this I have done my job well!!
Frank Virga
232 Riviera Drive West
Massapequa, NY  11758
Phone: 516 797 0234
Styles
Contemporary, Classical, Figuration
Mediums
Oil, Pastel, Giclee
Price Information
Paintings: $700 for small water colors to $20,000 for large oils.