September 19, 2013

Dorian Vallejo | American Artist | 1968

Dorian Vallejo was born in New York City on March 1, 1968; Dorian Vallejo's passion for drawing came at an early age. Inspired by his father, the fantasy artist and illustrator Boris Vallejo, Dorian had pencil in hand by the age of three and was working as a professional illustrator before reaching college age, regularly producing covers for Marvel Comics and numerous paperback novels. Today, he is one of the country's most accomplished and versatile portrait painters creating everything from traditional commissioned oil portraits and sketches to pencil drawings and intimate life portraits.

He attended Parsons and received his BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he studied with Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg, Irwin Greenberg and Marvin Mattleson. He also spent considerable time in Europe studying the works of the great masters. Before becoming a full-time portrait painter, Dorian considered different areas of specialization but was deterred by the growing influence of computers in the art world. Realizing he would always be more comfortable with a palette of oil paints and a north-facing studio, Dorian completes many of his paintings and drawings from life, capturing the essence and energy of his subjects in a personal sitting. When time or distance makes this impossible, however, Dorian will photograph his subjects, using a life-sized enlargement as the basis for the portrait. Dorian's commissions range from the scions of industry to average citizens.

In addition to formal oil paintings, Dorian has also worked to make the art of the portrait accessible to people everywhere. Although traditional oil portraits begin at $11,000, a full-color oil sketch, which is painted from life during a four to six-hour sitting, is priced at $2,000. Dorian also offers pencil, charcoal and sepia sketches, and paints either on location or at his New Jersey studio. He has also recently introduced intimate life portraits for women who wish to commission a nude for themselves or a significant other. Dorian, his wife, the painter Liana Vallejo and their son, Dimitri, make their home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

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