Born in Oak Park Illinois, USA. I am a painter, writer, architectural designer, sculptor, I took an early retirement from my Professorship and advertising careers.I paint, mainly figures, I write novels and a column, blogspot, I survived polio as a lad to become an athlete and artist. I prefer to paint beautiful women and action/adventure images, as well as some religious art. I was an academic child prodigy in primary school, and won a Chicago Art Institute scholarship at age 11 for figure drawing. I won Ford Foundation Fellowships, HEW Scholarship, and a Merit scholarship in figure Painting in college. Now I have returned to painting after a long hiatus.
I often under-paint using the accepted process of the Old Masters on my oil, tempera, acrylic paintings, in one or more of the following media, following in descending order of frequency: oil, acrylic, tempera, pastel, watercolor, or digital image transfers of my sketches and/or models.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS PETER BAGNUOLO (BAGNOLO-pen name).
At ages 6 and 9, Peter was rated as a “Child Prodigy” IN BOTH ART AND ACADEMIC AREAS. Peter's Reading Comprehension Iowa Benet Tests Scored as Graduate School Level at Age 10; City of Chicago/Suburbs.
A Scholarship to Art Institute Chicago as Gifted artist-age 11; based upon a body of work which included larger than life sized figures of the Birth of Jesus painted as a mural on our school windows.
Secondary School Passed with Honors Entrance Exams to the top Three of America's Prep Schools, as well as St. John’s in England-Selected/Accepted Fenwick then Number One in Nation.
PETER won a Three Discipline Ford Foundation Fellowship in Architecture, Anatomy (Physical Anthropology) Illustration/painting. That was the only triple BA ever given at CSU, along with a Full Tuition Gifted Scholarship Senior Year Undergraduate School in Figure painting, the first such scholarship in 25 years awarded.
Selected as Primary Graduate Research Assistant Senior Year-Given Full Lecture and Valedictorian Privileges in Anatomy and was commissioned to paint and sculpt portraits of three segments of our predecessors from sculls in which I was commissioned by the Anthropology Department to add clay musculature to the sculls and necks of our Hominidae - Hominid and then paint portraits of them including Australopithecus afarensis, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis , Homo sapiens sapiens for teaching purposes.
Awarded Uniquely a Triple BA; Architecture, Art and Anthropology, Etc. And was accepted as an Intern/protégé by the world famous Lothar Witteborg Chair of Architectural Exhibition and Curator at the Field Museum Of Chicago.
Graduate School at Godard College Vermont, Design/Physical Anthropology (more Anatomy).
Degrees: in Multiple Majors. (8 Majors in Under graduate School CSU). MA's.
Graduate School Goddard College Dual/Interdisciplinary degrees Major: Graphic Arts/Illustration/Physical Anthropology. Master project: Illustration of Anthropological/archeological subjects /Architectural Museum exhibit architecture/Design.
At The famed American Academy of Art I took 1500 hours of figure and anatomy. Was invited several times to apprentice by Haddon Sundblom the Great Illustrator whose studio was a few blocks from the American Academy
At Wikipedia one may find my name mentioned for creating sculptures, stained glass, Mosaics, and other art forms of a figurative nature within the massive Mausoleum, etc. See below
Peter studied at Wright College, U of Il. The American Academy of Art Chicago where I completed (1500 hours of life drawing and anatomy) graduate school MA at Goddard College Architecture Wright College; graduationing from CSU CjocagoGoddard College. Academic Experience Faculty Honors CHOSEN BY NOTED EXHIBIT DESIGN CHAIR the noted LOTHAR WITTEBORG AS Intern and later PROTÉGÉ' IN SPECIAL DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION PROJECT FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANCES DURING FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT YEAR-1972 - 1973.
I taught painting and anatomy, illustration and architecture at several college and universities before being tenured at College of DuPage
Awarded Contract for design of Outdoor Study Environment- 1984, mimicking a water front view for College of DuPage. Also Awarded Contract for Theoretical design of Outdoor Class Rooms-2000 and the suggestion to utilize in new college buildings energy free Geothermal HVAC, which has saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs.
Founder/Creator/Department Coordinator; Advertising Design & Illustration the 2nd fastest growing program between 1973 – 1999. The curriculum included every aspect of advertising: TV, radio, movie direction, production, illustration, comic book art etc. After I resigned as chair in order to dedicate more time to painting the program slowly disintegrated.
Peter served as a fine artist, sculptor, Stained glass window designer, muralist, architect, illustrator and more after returning full time to painting.
He created numerous book covers/illustrations in a fine art style. Illustrated with realistic figures scientific art, fleshed-on recreated several stages of evolution for department of anthropology Chicago State University from skeletal remains as sculptures as well as color paintings, which were used for years as props in cultural/physical anthropology classes at CSU.
My portraits, figure paintings, western and adventure paintings have sold well and are in the private collections of churches, schools, colleges noted lawyers, doctors, athletes, TV celebrities and collectors. Most of my work consists of private commissions, and shows, two of which were sold out.