Margaret Chiaro was born in York, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Arizona to graduate with a cum laude BFA and then went on to attain her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, a graduate school of figurative art. She has exhibited nationally in a variety of venues across the country in both solo and group exhibitions.
She currently resides in Oceanside, CA and is a working artist and art instructor.
Margaret uses figurative painting to invite the viewer to enter a magical world or moment. Spending hundreds of hours on a single piece, painting everything by hand in traditional techniques, and creating detail requiring a three-hair paintbrush, she obsessively renders her subjects, caught in moments when they are open and expressive. Through her chosen genre, Magical Realism, she fuses reality with imagination to create a visceral new “world” for the subject to dwell in and for the viewer to observe.
“My goal is to best portray the subject’s individuality while engulfing the viewer in an emotionally charged specific moment. I love duality and opposition, balance over symmetry, and the idea of shared energy.”
Works by Margaret Chiaro
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