Portraiture is an area of art that has been explored throughout history and continues into the modern era. I see myself as an artist continuing in this tradition by conveying my own admiration of the human form and facial character using a variety of mediums to achieve my images. I often use photographs to inspire my work because photographs have an fascinating power to evoke experiences of nostalgic sentimentality in viewers. My hope is to portray my subjects in a similarly personal manner, whether it be through their expressions or postures. My working pace tends to be fast as I combine charcoal, oils, graphite, and acrylics. As a result my works include both photo-realist representations and looser distorted images, depending on what I believe will be most effective in portraying each subject authentically. 


New Brunswick Art Salon 2016 Part II Watercolor and Mixed Media Exhibition




Dustin Garafolo – Hobbit Trails Sea Lion

2014 – MFA Drawing and Painting, State University of New York at Albany. (current) 

2011 – B.F.A Studio Arts, Concentration in Drawing and Painting, State University of New York at Oswego. 

2000 – Associates Degree, Fine Arts, Munson Williams Proctor Institute of Art, Utica NY. 


2014 – LARAC 120 degree  masters exhibition, LARAC Gallery, Glens Falls, NY. 

2012Portraits (solo exhibition), Classic Styles Salon, Oswego NY

2011 – Student BFA Exhibition, Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY Oswego, NY. 

2011Lakeside-Statewide Juried Art Show, Oswego Arts Association. 

2011Best of SUNY Art Show, NY State Museum, Albany NY. 

201148th Juried Student Exhibition, Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY Oswego, NY. 

2010Student Exhibition, Penfield Library. (Faculty selected).

2000 Student Exhibition, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute:Museum of Art.  (Faculty selected).  


Related Work Experience / Professional Experience:

2012-2014 – Student Teacher Art 105 General Drawing, SUNY Albany

2010 – Commissioned large scale mural painting and full time design position, Green Planet & Mustard Seed Franchising Corporation, Syracuse, NY.

2010 – Commissioned mural (oil painting), Garafolo’s Importing, Oswego, NY.



2010-2011 – Member of The Student Association/Art Exhibition Committee at Oswego State University.

2000 – Self portrait selected as title piece for Pratt Institute, at Munson Williams Proctor Institute of Art Brochure, Utica NY.  



2011 – Honorable mention at the Lakeside Statewide Exhibition.

2011 – The Robert Sullins Studio Award for demonstrating growth and ability in the studio area.

Feel free to visit Dustin’s website: www.dustingarafolo.com