GÁBOR SVAGRIK was born in Szeged, Hungary. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in Illinois. Svagrik studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he was fortunate to study with nationally recognized watercolorist Irving Shapiro who stressed the importance of composition, design, and drawing. Svagrik devoted his studies to life drawing and illustration and went on to join the Palette & Chisel in Chicago. He always found the pure and simple beauty in masters of the past such as Daniel Garber, Frits Thaulow, Ernest L. Blumenschein, and Edgar Payne.
Svagrik eventually found his way west to Tucson, Arizona where he spends his time as a dedicated painter. He also occasionally teaches workshops around the country, but most recently teaches Online art courses through the Tucson Art Academy Online which he founded and owns with his wife, Christine. In 2017 he collaborated with friend an renowned artist Phil Starke, and together they opened Easel Insight. An Online membership site designed to help educate art students around the world.
For the past 28 years I have been working hard on my craft. The truth is, “one must learn the craft in order to create art.” This is the philosophy I live by and will continue to do so until I can’t hold the brush. I knew through my passion, patience, persistence, and hard work I would one day have the knowledge to create my vision.
Mother nature is our well for many things. For most true artists it is the place you go to get filled up with inspiration. “Nature is perfection.” I don't care how many times I stand and look at the same landscape, each time the beauty is there staring back at me differently.
This beauty is what I try to capture on my canvas. It has become my personal artistic journey, and is what differentiates me from other artists. I will forever be humbled and honored to have found my passion in life.
Svagrik Fine Art . Tucson, AZ
Rowe Gallery . Sedona, AZ
Highlands Gallery . Lambertville, NJ
Hildt Galleries . Chicago, IL
California Art Club Gold Medal Show . Pasadena, CA
Miniatures Sale and Auction . Collectors Covey Gallery . Dallas, TX
Oil Painters of America National & Regional Exhibitions
Maynard Dixon Country Annual Exhibit . Mt. Carmel, UT
American Miniatures Show . Settlers West Gallery . Tucson, AZ
Bennington Center for the Arts . American Artists Abroad Exhibition . Bennington, VT
American Landscape Show . Trailside Galleries . Scottsdale, AZ
Winter Small Works Show and Sale . Medicine Man Gallery . Santa Fe, NM
Torrey Pines Plein-Air Invitational . The Lodge at Torrey Pines, CA
Maui Plein-Air Painting Invitational . Maui, HI
California Art Club (CAC)
Tucson Art Academy LLC . Founder | Co-Owner
Tucson Art Academy Online LLC . Founder | Co-Owner
Easel Insight LLC . Founding Member
Tucson Museum of Art . Art of the American West . Tucson, AZ
Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, International Artist Magazine + Three Books with International Artist Magazine.