Gregory Gallardo was born in Santa Ana, California in 1962. As a teenager, he was mentored by artist Don White and found early success exhibiting his figurative drawings and paintings. Gregory attended several local Southern California Colleges and University’s, but had little patience for organized art instruction and found that networking with other successful artists to be a more satisfying learning experience.
Gregory soon left the confines of the classroom, and throughout the 1980s and 1990s, toured and recorded as a professional musician, all while continuing to produce commissioned art work and the occasional gallery exhibit. He reemerged on the art scene full-time in early 2001 blending his love for music and dance performance to create his own unique views on humanity and spirituality. In addition, he nurtured a long standing admiration for people on the street and the common person at work – the homeless, field-workers, street performers – all find their way into his art. Viewers are often stunned by the power of the personal nature and emotional energy in his work, not often scene in today’s art market.
Since his return in 2001 Gregory’s work has exhibited extensively throughout California and found its way into several permanent collections on a national scale.
Gregory donates 40% of his internet and private earnings from art to charity as a means of thanking the community he loves.