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American by birth, Italian  by citizenship, Nordic by vocation, Tuscan by figurative experience, Gregory Blanche is a reserved painter with rare public appearances who, despite his young professional age, achieves a highly expressive quality. He began in his early twenties in an exhibition in Caprese Michelangelo and has often participated in group shows in Florence, where he lives and works. Trained at the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts, he has received recognition, and even a critics’ prize in Bolgheri in 1996. But these appreciable credentials do not suffice to express the coherence of his pictorial discourse, sustained by a technical skill of high quality.

Gregory expresses himself in a variety of themes, but remains firm in style. At home in the company of established Tuscan artists of the likes of Riccardo Saldarelli, Walter Falconi and especially the magic Sergio Nardoni, Blanche has acquired valuable trade secrets while preserving intact his own inclinations which  nevertheless vary from the figure, in his paintings both realistic and theatrical, to landscapes, robust and sober, well-built and poetically both exacting and evocative, and finally to still lives. These are perhaps the highest point in his painting, embellished with radiance (Caravaggesque), and revealing lens-like perfection. They are detached, yet positively enchanting with an intimate Nordic atmosphere echoing in the nuances of light (his reverence to Jan Vermeer).

(translation from the Italian)

Pier Francesco Listri

Selected Exhibitions


AXA Art Prize Exhibition, November 9-16, New York Academy of Art, NYC

MFA Graduate Fine Arts Open Studios, April 23, American Industrial Center, San Francisco, CA

MFA Thesis Exhibition, April 7 – 16, The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA


MFA Fine Arts Virtual Open Studios, online at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA


8%, online at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

BFA Exhibition, online at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


Il Melograno, Livorno

In Villa, Rosignano Solvay, Italy


solo exhibition, Floritudine, September 6 – October 8, Sala delle Eroine, Palazzo Comunale, Pontassieve, Italy


Per Claudio Carotenuto, Palazzo del Comune Vecchio, Cecina, Italy


Collezione Carotenuto, Palazzo del Comune Vecchio, Cecina, Italy

Galleria La Saletta, Cecina Mare, Italy

Galleria Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy 

solo exhibition, Of Elvis, Van Gogh and Flowers, January 11 – February 26, 2016, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy


Gruppo Donatello, Florence, Italy


Arthur T. Kalaher Fine Art, Southampton, NY

Galleria Via Larga, Florence, Italy

Chiantidee, Palazzo Consigliare, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy

Fuochi di Primavera, Gruppo Donatello, Florence, Italy


solo exhibition, Un pittore americano di Toscana, Gruppo Donatello, Florence, Italy

Immagina Arte in Fiera, quartiere fieristica di Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Casa di Dante, Florence, Italy


Sambuca, un ponte il suo fiume, giardini pubblici, Sambuca, Italy


Gallerie Amsterdam, Carmel, CA


Kertesz Fine Art, San Francisco, CA


Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Ken’s Art Gallery, Florence, Italy


Arte 86, Florence, Italy


Renzo Spagnoli Arte, Florence, Italy

La Stanza delle Maschere, Sala Comunale Topical, Montespertoli, Italy


Formato Ridotto, Galleria Palazzo Vecchio 2, Florence, Italy

Il Vero – Non Vero, Studio Palazzi, Spoleto, Italy


Arte, Scienza e Società, Museo Michelangiolesco, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy



Premio della Critica, Concorso di Pittura Estemporanea, Bolgheri, Italy

Related experience


translator/teaching assistant, Silvano Campeggi


translator/teaching assistant, Roberto Innocenti

1989 – 1994

studio assistant, Sergio Nardoni

1989 – 1990

studio assistant, Walter Falconi


studio assistant, Riccardo Saldarelli


MFA (Fine Arts): California College of the Arts, San Francisco

BFA (Painting): San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy