Richard Toglia

Richard Toglia

Belleville, NJ, United States

About Richard Toglia

Born in Montclair NJ
Italian - American
I was always drawn to realistic painting but as time passed I found myself increasingly
interested in using abstract elements in my work. Balancing these two styles in one painting has become one of the things that I enjoy about making art. I allow myself allusions to the surreal, but without any intentional symbolism – details that you might imagine from the corner of your eye. A reviewer once described my artwork as questioning reality. I sometimes find joy in using confusion as an artistic tool to raise considerations about how we remember things


Montclair Museum School, 3 years
Margaret Yard Tyler, Pastel portraiture
Newark School of Fine & Industrial Art, Fine Art and Illustration, 3 years
Pratt Graphics, one-year scholarship
Independent Study in Italy, 2 years


Newark School of Fine & Industrial Art,
Interior Illustration/Perspective
Montclair Adult School, Painting With Acrylics
Caldwell Adult School, Perspective Drawing
Arts Unbound (visiting instructor for
Traumatic Brain Injuries of NJ )
Art Workshop at Broookdale Reformed Ch. Bloomfield
NJ - Showing at the Montclair LIbrary Mtclr. NJ


Marie Pellicone Gallery, NYC and Southampton, 5 years,
2 one-person shows
Makeready Gallery, 214 Gleridge Ave. Montclair NJ,
3-person show, 2 one-person shows.
Group Shows: Pace University, NY Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
The Priory, Newark, NJ
The Wilson School, Mt. Lakes, NJ, St. John on the Mountain, Bernardsville,NJ;
League of Professional Artists, Salmagundi Club, NYC; Art Center of Northern NJ
(and various library shows)

Extensive history of commercial illustration for:
Hearst Magazines
Fairchild Publications
Macy's (NewYork Times adds)
Language instruction books
Architectural drawings - Newark Waterfront Proj.