Bernard Gilardi

Bite Size 24x30 '76

Bernard Gilardi, “Bite Size,” 24 x 30 in., oil on panel, 1976.

Bernard Gilardi was born in Wisconsin Rapids in 1920 and died in 2008.  Gilardi created about 400 paintings  in the basement of his Milwaukee home over a 45 year period. He did not sell or exhibit his work. Despite having little formal art education, Gilardi had always intended to be an artist. He worked full time for a lithography company while supporting his family but also worked consistently on his art. His work was first shown publicly in 2010 at The Portrait Society Gallery.  In 2012 Gilardi was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Lawrence University also presented a solo exhibition of his religious paintings in 2012 and his work is now in major museum collections, including the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin; the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. His work is available through Portrait Society Gallery. Please call for an appointment, 414 870-9930.

Essay: Bernard Gilardi

Review: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mary Louise Schumacher 

Additional images

Warm Sun 48x36 '63

Bernard Gilardi, “Warm Sun,” 38 x 46 in., oil on panel, 1963. (available)

Growing Together 24x30 '76

Bernard Gilardi, “Growing Together,” oil on panel, 24 x 30 in., 1976. (available)

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Bernard Gilardi, “Boys in White,” 46 x 35 in., oil on panel, 1971. Available.

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Bernard Gilardi, “The Eye Rules,” 30 x 24 in., oil on panel, 1975. Available.

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Bernard Gilardi, “Spoiled Bich (sic),” 18 x 24 in., oil on panel. 1976. Available.

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Bernard Gilardi, “It’s a Deal,” 24 x 30 in., oil on panel, 1972. Available.

Bright and Blue 24x18 '88

Bernard Gilardi, “Bright and Blue,” 24 x 18 in., oil on panel. 1988. Available.

Pale Brave 24x24 '83

Bernard Gilardi, “Pale Brave,” 24 x 24 in., oil on panel, 1983. Available.

Strange God before You 30x24 '90

Bernard Gilardi, “Strange God Before You,” 30 x 24 in., oil on panel, 1990. Available.

The Jug Head 20x16", 1988. Copyright 2010 Estate of Bernard Gilardi.

Bernard Gilardi, “The Jug Head,” 20 x 16 in., oil on canvas board, 1988. Sold.

Bernard Gilardi, Untitled (Christ) 30x24 in. Copyright estate of Bernard Gilardi.

Bernard Gilardi, Untitled (Christ, possible self portrait), 30 x 24 in., oil on panel, nd. (available)

BerBernard Gilardi, Untitled (WI-CON-SIN) 22x24 in., 1995. Copyright Estate of Bernard Gilardi.

Unlike You 30x24" 1993. Oil on board. Copyright 2010 Estate of Bernard Gilardi.

Bernard Gilardi, “Unlike You,” 30 x 24 in., 1993. Sold.

Bernard Gilardi, "Flowering Youth," 1983, oil on board, 22 x 28 inches. Copyright 2010 Estate of Bernard Gilardi.

Bernard Gilardi, “Flowering Youth,” 28 x 22 in., oil on panel, 1983. Sold.

Lincoln, 26 x 30, 1976. 60

Bernard Gilardi, “Ascetic Abe,” 30 x 24 in., oil on panel, 1976. Sold.

Teeth Tell, 30 x 24 In., 1975

Bernard Gildardi, “Teeth Tell,” 30 x 24 in., oil on panel, 1975. Sold.

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