A timeline for Guy Danella’s life and work.  For more details, you can read his brief biography.


  • Born 1928 in Utica, New York.


  • Studied with mural painter/illustrator, E. N. Clarke, Utica as a young child.
  • Painted portraits, still life, posters etc. on commission.
  • Studied art at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute under William Palmer, Ed Christiana and Oscar Weissbuch.


  • Art Students League (ASL), New York City (1945) studied with Cameron Booth.
  • Learns about Cubist ’push-pull” construction.
  • Meets Steiglitz and John Marin at American Place. Given a key and free access to paintings and use of storeroom for study.
  • Learns juvenile book design and layout at Doomsday Press, NYC.
  • US Army (1946-47). Director of Occupational Therapy and Art Department at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver.
  • Returns to MWPI. Further studies under Oscar Weissbuch; learns pure plastic construction. Works at MWPI as assistant to artist Joseph Trovato in the art gallery.
  • Influenced by Paul Klee; works in Klee/Miro idiom.
  • Recognized by Diller for the painting, “Two Fried Eggs” semi-abstract (MWPI Collection).


  • Studies at Hans Hofmann School, 8th Street, NYC (1948-1950).
  • Three man show at the MWPI “3 Young Uticans” with Henry Coupe and Anthony Mancini.
  • Opens “Danella Studio” on Genesee Street in Utica.
  • Student, Syracuse University (SU) (1952-1956) Schools of fine art and art education. Studies under Pollock, Van der Sluis, Randall, Landis. Work study for the University as calligrapher and sign painter. Solo art exhibit of gouache paintings: Lowe Art Center. Upon graduation hired as a certified art teacher in the Utica Public Schools.
  • Works part-time for advertising agencies in Syracuse and Utica as illustrator graphic artist.
  • Also an adjunct Professor of Art at Mohawk Valley Community College. Taught lettering at Syracuse University at the request of Prof Peonig (Bauhaus Alumnus)
  • Paints murals, and portraits as well as abstractions throughout.


  • Solo show at the Guy Citriniti Fine Arts Studio in Utica: abstract oils and monotypes.
  • Shows at regional, area annuals, MWPI and Cooperstown.
  • Syracuse University Graduate studies with Josef Albers. Recognized, exhibited and awarded by Albers for semi abstract Red Gouache series.
  • Resigns from Utica Public Schools and opens freelance art studio 1962. Danella Art Studio is a comprehensive art service: commercial art, book illustrations, graphic design, 3-D POP design, animated cartoon commercials, packaging, portraits, etc.
  • Wins many Utica Advertising Club awards for ad campaigns, graphic designs and illustration.
  • Discontinues painting abstractions.
  • Travels to European art centers in Italy, France, England, Belgium.

1970s and 1980s

  • Illustrates books for Ginn & Company, Boston /Lexington Publishers, McMillan, Bantam Books, Allyn & Bacon, Children’s Digest, DC Heath
  • Designs and illustrates campus and town view maps: most notably Colgate University, Hobart William Smith, Hamilton College.
  • Paints figurative and representational works; active in portraiture.
  • Joins National Portrait Society. Commissioned to do a portrait poster for the US Postal Service.
  • Solo Show MVCC: portraits, illustrations and genre paintings.
  • Commissioned to paint a series (15) of portraits of principals for the Utics Public Schools.
  • Discontinues doing commercial work. Concentrates on fine art.
  • Shows in “First Generation” exhibit at Utica College.
  • Shows in “4 Early Area Abstractionists” at the Clinton Art Center in Clinton, NY with Tuman Bonafazi, Anthony Mancini and Stella Scarano.
  • Wins Mid-York Library System mural competition.
  • Wins James Penney Memorial prize for “Ann and Cello” (egg tempera); the Joseph Trovato Memorial Award and the People’s Choice Award for “Carla in Guilford” (pencil and tempera) at the Clinton Art Center, 1988.

1990s and 2000s

  • Continues painting figurative and representational works.