DONATO GIANCOLA WAS BORN IN 1967 AND RAISED IN COLCHESTER, NEAR BURLINGTON, IN THE STATE OF VERMONT.
Donato Giancola describes himself and his work as a ‘classical-abstract-realist working with science fiction and fantasy’ and lists Hans Memling, Jan van Eyck, Velázquez, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Piet Mondrian, Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian as his favorite artists.
Giancola has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. He has been described as a “cult hero” among fantasy collectible card game players.
There is so much passion, so much depth, and so much truth in Donato’s paintings that the viewer can’t help but get caught up in the stories his works tell. Simply put, among contemporary narrative artists, Donato Giancola is a master.
Giancola first majored in electrical engineering at the University of Vermont, but left for Syracuse University to seriously pursue painting in 1989. He graduated with a BFA in 1992.