Gero Eaton decided that he wanted not only to become an artist, but to join the greats, the first time he laid eyes on the genius strokes of the old masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Adopted from a Bulgarian orphanage and brought to live in Yonkers by an American couple at the age of seven, Gero overcame the obstacles of adapting to the American culture and learning English by expressing his feelings through art.The coping mechanism that guided Mr. Eaton through his childhood became a passion that he was able to pursue through numerous scholarships and art awards that allowed him to become the first person in his family to go to college.
As a BFA student with a concentration in painting at the University of Buffalo, Gero Eaton explored his strong emotional connection to the masterpieces he had admired as a child, the old masters’ drawing and painting techniques, and how they created the essence of a timeless sense of beauty.Mr. Eaton expanded on his knowledge and experience by taking classes at the Jacob Collins Water Street Atelier and Art Students League, where he learned the fundamentals behind the techniques for which he craved knowledge.With the help of teachers such as Geoffrey Barbey, James Childs, and Graydon Parrish, Gero was able to better develop and expand his vision of creating majestic pieces using nineteenth-century ideals.
Mr. Eaton believes that, in order to achieve true growth as an artist, one needs to first learn the rules and fundamentals and then understand how to bend and break them to create strong works of art.Once Gero achieved enough confidence in his knowledge to break the rules, he began to envision paintings that speak to the subconscious through emotion by using powerful colors, broad shapes and forms, and strong lines that create wondrous and playful pieces that entice the eye and pull the heart.
Gero Eaton currently resides and maintains his studio in Queens, New York.