Forest Hills, NY – Gary received his BFA at the School of Visual Arts in media arts. Working as an art director in advertising, he designed print & TV spots for Fortunoff, Manischewitz, and Bic. In the mid-1980’s he left advertising to pursue painting. Employed at the information desks of both MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Schwartz read every book on photorealism. Using his hometown of Coney Island as inspiration, he began a series of large watercolors depicting the “Bench People” of Brighton Beach. The work lead to several shows, including the Prince Street Gallery, Claudia Carr, 92nd Street Y and Michael Ingbar Gallery for architectural art. Schwartz is also a widely commissioned children’s portraitist. His portraits are in private collections throughout New York City, Connecticut and Boca Raton.
Gary Schwartz has also been an art educator for the past thirteen years, now teaching at Claremont Preparatory School.