Classically trained at the private studio of Madame Nerina Simi in Florence, Italy, Charles Gilbert Kapsner uses the compositional tools of the Renaissance to express himself as a painter. He has been recognized nationally and internationally, including the 2005 Career Achievement Award from the Florence Biennale. The Salmagundi Club awarded him first place in the 2017 new member show, and his painting Friday Afternoon was selected for placement into the permanent collection of the United States Coast Guard in summer 2017. He received the silver medal in the Oil Painters of America Salon 2016, and a finalist in the 2016 Portrait Society of America Still Life division.

For him, perfecting  the drawing is critical before ever picking up a brush. Primarily a studio painter with a tilt towards still life, he prefers painting in the “Vanitas” style, where the objects depicted symbolize the brevity and vanity of human existence. He works primarily from life, and his old-world style is laced with creative and modern twists: exotic florals, still lifes spiked with social commentary, and elegant dancers juxtaposed with modern backdrops.

Beyond his studio, he has worked on several public commissions, including the art of true fresco. He is currently immersed in the fourth of five 8 X 10 ft. oil paintings that illustrate the stories and history of the men and women of each of the five branches of the U.S military. Click  Veterans Educational Historic Monument  for more on this compelling project.

Charles Gilbert Kapsner is a contemporary painter whose roots are firmly planted in the 15th century.   For inquiries please contact