Victor Mirabelli’s modern landscape paintings reflect the undaunted beauty of the countryside and structures that surround him. His approach is undisciplined, free spirited—an abandonment from the traditional—resulting in something “fresh and imaginative.”
Mirabelli attributes his style to his art education and execution of his early abstract oil paintings. Each work is the result of “chance taking.” His fresh approach combined with a technique of layering many pigments and unique brush and scrubbing techniques, create a painterly quality that is his signature mark.
His works reflect an impression, a mood—where detail is characterized by his use of contrasting light against dark. Using a muted palette to represent the purity and simplicity of the land, his artistic endeavors have often been described as “haunting and soul baring…a very personal, solitary interpretation of the surrounding landscape.”
As his style developed, Mirabelli moved from abstract/figurative to modern landscapes. His shapes and colors mimic the earth and surrounding structures while capturing the intricacies of nature’s light. His artistic journey evolved from many influences starting with his art education and subsequent exposure to visual display and graphic design. His landscape paintings clearly show an awareness of the placement and design of objects and the use of positive and negative space.
Born in Wenatchee, Washington, located on the Columbia River, bordering the Basalt canyons near the Colville Indian Reservation, Victor was drawn to the dry, arid summer air blanketing the sagebrush hills where weather beaten farmhouses stood abandoned along dusty dirt roads. These stark impressions, hauntingly beautiful, were the inspiration behind his personal journey into the world of modern landscape painting.
He pursued his formal art education at the Burnley School of Professional Art in Seattle and later moved to New York City in the late 70s. Victor’s loft at 36 East 23rd Street, overlooking Madison Square Park, offered inspiration and space to discover and develop his style while immersing himself in New York’s artworld.
Upon his arrival, he started working as a visual display artist for Bergdorf Goodman and B. Altman and Company. Mr. Mirabelli was invited by Charles Jourdan to design the Fifth Avenue store windows using his paintings as backdrops for their merchandise. “Playland” a Coney Island theme, integrated POP figurative imagery using bright sign and oil paints. These assemblages incorporated fabric and wooden elements including targets and mesh wire. Charles Jourdan shoes were artfully displayed within this installation.
He subsequently moved on to a successful career as a designer/art director for several advertising agencies. He particularly enjoyed working with design studios specializing in print publication launches and redesigns for such publications as Forbes, Food & Wine, The New York Times Magazine and the Chicago Daily News.
His diverse talents and interest in both commercial and fine art led to the introduction in 1985 of the Mirabelli Watch Collection—Swiss-made fashion-forward designer watches that featured unique design elements including sterling silver, yellow and rose gold cases with exotic leather bands. Mirabelli designed the watches as well as contributed to the marketing and distribution in the United States.
As a fine artist, Victor has worked in many mediums—oil, pastel, sign paint and watercolors on a multitude of surfaces: canvas, paper and wood. He has also created a collection of 3D shadow boxes and small metal/assemblage sculptures.
Mirabelli has exhibited extensively in both solo and group juried shows. Private collectors throughout the US have acquired his work. He has served as a guest lecturer and juror for many art organizations and competitions.
Victor Mirabelli is a member of the Salmagundi Club, New York; the Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY; and the Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY.
He has been a past associate member of the Northeast Watercolor Society, a member of the Catskill Art Society and the Kent Art Association and a sustaining associate member of the American Watercolor Society.
Lives and paints in Newburgh, NY
1968 – 1971 Burnley School of Professional Art, Seattle, WA
Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT
Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA The Lily Pad Gallery, Watch Hill, RI
Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2018 Victor Mirabelli: Summertime, Solo Exhibition, Works Gallery, New York, NY 2018 Victor Mirabelli: Uncharted Terrain Collection, Works on Paper Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2016 Victor Mirabelli: Naked Imprint, Solo Exhibition, Argazzi Art Gallery, Lakeville, CT 2016 Victor Mirabelli: Artist Showcase, Solo Exhibition, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY 2016 Victor Mirabelli: Solo Exhibition, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2015 Victor Mirabelli: Raw Impressions, Solo Exhibition, Argazzi Art Gallery, Lakeville, 2014 Victor Mirabelli: Beneath the Surface, Solo Exhibition, Works Gallery, New York, NY 2014 Victor Mirabelli: Painted Earth, Argazzi Art Gallery, Lakeville, CT 2012 Victor Mirabelli: Rural Impressions, Solo Exhibition, Foley&Cox Home, Hudson, NY 2006 Victor Mirabelli: Impressions, Graystone Gallery, Middletown, NY 1998 Victor Mirabelli: Black Dirt – The Reclaiming of a Wasteland, Solo Exhibition,
Graystone Gallery, Middletown, NY 1997 Victor Mirabelli: Watercolors, Solo Exhibition, Desmond Fish Gallery, Garrison, NY
Select Group Exhibitions
2019 Holiday, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2019 Toward the Edge, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2018 Thumb-Box Exhibition & Sale, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 2018 A Sense of Place, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2018 Fall Auctions to Benefit Salmagundi, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 2018 Along the Way, Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA 2018 Gold Black & White, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2018 Annual Member Exhibition, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY 2018 Annual Member Exhibition, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY 2017 Group Exhibition, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2017 Group Exhibition, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2015 32st Annual Riverside Art Auction, Riverside Gallery, Garrison, NY 2014 31st Annual Riverside Art Auction, Riverside Gallery, Garrison, NY 2014 The Creative Process, East End Arts Gallery, National Juried Show, Guest jurors Gerald
Peters and Peter J. Marcelle, Long Island, NY 2013 Small Works 2d 3d 4d Exhibition, International Juried Show, Riverside Gallery,
Garrison, NY 2013 Group Show, Geary Gallery, Darien, CT 2013 10th Annual Group Show, RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, NY 2013 CCCA Artswalk, Foley&Cox Home, Hudson, NY 2013 Small Matters of Great Importance, 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition,
Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY 2013 2013 Art Walk, 3-Artist Exhibition, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY 2013 30th Annual Riverside Art Auction, Riverside Gallery, Garrison, NY
2012 Small Matters of Great Importance, 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Edward
Hopper House, Nyack, NY 2012 35th Annual Juried Exhibition, Ridgefield Guild of Arts, Ridgefield, CT 2012 Art Show: Bedford, Bedford, NY 2011 Group Exhibition, Grace Gallery, Toronto, Canada 2011 Group Exhibition, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2006 Hudson River Art: 200 Years of Inspiration, Desmond Fish Gallery, Garrison, NY 2002 Juried Group Exhibition, Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings on Hudson, NY 2001 Annual Members Show, The Kent Art Association, Kent, CT 2001 North East Watercolor Society Juried Show, Rhode Island Watercolor Society,
Pawtucket, RI 1999 Watercolors, Annual Member Show, Star Gallery, Middletown, NY 1999 Landscapes, Sullivan County Museum, Hurley, NY 1999 Vanishing Horizons, Class of 1929 Gallery, Eisenhower Hall, West Point, NY 1999 Annual Members Show, The Kent Art Association, Kent, CT 1998 Men at Work, Legal Arts Gallery, Goshen, NY 1998 North East Watercolor Society Juried Show, Rhode Island Watercolor Society,
Pawtucket, RI 1998 NEWS 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Hall of Fame, Goshen, NY 1998 Men in Sync, The Howland Center, Beacon, NY 1998 Holiday Show, Hyde Park Gallery, Hyde Park, NY 1998 Transition, Stone Ridge Frame Works & Art Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY
2018 The Art Guide, Artalk, January 2018 2018 Lakeville Journal, January 2018 2016 Lakeville Journal, October 2016 2015 The Millbrook Independent, October 2015 2015 Lakeville Journal, August 2015 2014 Lakeville Journal, September 2014 2011 Arabella, Spring 2011 2011 Art Galleries & Artists of the South 2010 New York Spaces – April 1999 Hudson Valley Artist – Business Journal 1999 Hudson Valley Magazine 1999 The Journal News 1999 Art Times 1999 Poughkeepsie Journal 1999 Catskill Art Society – “Victor Mirabelli” 1998 Taconic Weekend 1998 Hudson Valley Business Journal 1998 The Warwick Advertiser – “Artist Finds Gold in the Black Dirt”
2013 Edward Hopper House – 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition – Juror’s Award of Excellence
2012 Edward Hopper House – 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition – Juror’s Award of Excellence
2012 Ridgefield Guild of Arts – 35th Annual Juried Exhibition – Juror’s Award of Excellence
1999 William E. Taynton Award – The Kent Art Association
1999 KAA Merit Award – The Kent Art Association