Awarded Artist of St. Augustine, Florida
Ray Brilli was born in Astoria, Queens, New York. As a student he studied at the High School of Art & Design in New York City. Then at Hunter College and The School of Visual Arts, where he studied fine art, graphic design and color theory.
He then worked for many years as a graphic artist at various advertising agencies in New York. It was the structured regimen of commercial art during the day that led Ray to develop a bright, spontaneous impressionistic style in his painting, not only in his brush strokes but his lively sense of color. Ray strives to achieve luminous sense of light, color and shadows in his landscape scenes.“The oil or acrylic painting medium offers me the truest interpretation of my palette. The vibrancy of color I placed on my canvas then is as vivid now as the day I painted it.”
Ray has returned to his parent’s birthplace of Venice, Italy many times for inspiration for his art. His annual sojourn to the Florida Keys is also pivotal in keeping his paintings new and fresh.
His artwork is worldwide and is in Norway, England, Wales, Italy, Japan and India, to name a few and has won numerous awards in Florida.
His main influences in his life have been NC Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Willem deKooning and Peter Max, whom he was honored to have met in New York at an exhibit several years ago. His love of St. Augustine is profound. “As I walk through this city, the sense of Europe is everywhere, not just in one’s eyes but with its aromas as you walk past the little shops. The cobblestone streets and coquina buildings evoke a sense of comfort to me and a familiarity of my European heritage. A new found excitement to an artist’s eye is always there, and it need only be sparked by turning a corner, and there before you lies a new scene waiting to be painted.”
2018 ST AUGUSTINE SPRING MEMBERS SHOW- Honorable Mention Award
2017 St AUGUSTINE 52nd FINE ART FESTIVAL- BEST OF SHOW
2014 ST. AUGUSTINE ART FEST - Best Painting Award
2013 HALIFAX FINE ART SHOW – Annual Shirt and Poster Award
2011 CEDAR KEY FINE ART SHOW - Purchase Award
2009 NEW SMYRNA BEACH – 1st Place
2009 HALIFAX FINE ART SHOW - Annual Shirt
2006 SEBASTIAN WINERY – Best of Show
2003 RIVERSIDE FINE ART SHOW
2003 SAN MARCO ART SHOW
2001 FLAGLER COUNTY DBCC
2000 SEBASTIAN WINERY – Best of Show