Beginning in the 70’s working in his family’s bakery, Gary began bringing faces to life on cakes. Developing airbrush techniques and edible dyes he painted portraits of local leaders to celebrities. Some examples are Frank Sinatra, Dale Earnhart, Ashley Judd, Carly Simon, Kevin Costner, Jackie Onasis, Presidents Nixon, Johnson and Reagan.
During Gary’s career he worked with the FBI as a Forensic Artist. Aquiring the #1 success rate in the nation for his field, Gary is modest and does not speak of his accolades. “ It is more important that the viewer feels some type of expressive emotion than for me to receive awards.”
Gary states, “My inspiration is everything, the fact that I can draw and paint is inspiring in it’s self. I like to capture the essence of a persons emotions, happiness or sadness for example. Abraham Lincoln is a classic icon that I have painted. He has a sadness in every picture ever taken. Becoming President did not lift his heavy heart, he was facing such a devastating war between the North and South. You can feel the anquish in his eyes.”
“Portraits hold a special place for me. The Popes can been seen with the love, kindness and concern that they feel for the people.”
“When painting children, there is such innocence. They are our future, each with their own personality. Talking with them, watching them play and look at things allows for the emergence of their essence.”
“ A great portrait tells a story of that person, and you should feel who they are.”
“Art is subjective, I am a photorealist painter. Capturing a subject with color, light and mood is a god like blessing that I have been given, I am truly grateful!”
“My artwork is a gift and it should be shared. I draw or paint everyday. My legacy will be the canvases that I leave behind for others to enjoy.”
Gary has taught classes and spoken and many events. He has painted and donated many portraits for charity. Painting live at major sporting events, Art Basel, and fundraising events is how he gives back.
Teaching and speaking at High Schools, and Colleges across the country, has enriched his ability to produce emotional portraits.
Gary’s work is held private collections of Jackie Onassis, Ronald Reagan, Mickey Mantle, Michael Jordan, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, Cairo Maguel, Jerome Bettis, Ernie Banks, Clete Boyer, Whitey Ford, and many others.
An extremely blessed and talented commercial artist, Gary Longordo, is widely know for inspiring religious and patriotic themes, his subjects range from John the Baptist to Nascar notable Kyle Petty.
With rare dedication to integrity Longordo works in rich traditions of the Renaissance era. Working with a mixed media, such as airbrush, acrylic, pastel, dry brush, pencil, and pen and ink to capture his subject’s true essence.
Gary V. Longordo
1970 – 1975
DuCret School of Art
Visual Arts School in NYC
Spectrum Institute for Arts in NJ
2001 • Studied Renaissance Art in Italy
While attending art school Gary seized the opportunity to work in the comic book industry as an ink boy, or “inker” for Murphy Anderson (Superman artist) and Frank Zuccarelli (Batman artist).
His art training eventually led him to enroll in law enforcement academies in New Jersey, Florida and Texas, where he began doing composite sketches. To hone his skills Gary studied anatomy and medical illustrations for five years. Over the decades, he has worked with agencies such as Naval Investigation Services, The Secret Service and The Canadian Mounties. All of his talent and skills have made Gary Longordo one of the country’s most sought after and successful forensic artists, FBI crime solver, reconstruction specialist, master of the composite sketch and medical illustrator. He is a soft spoken, behind the scenes, American hero using his talents for the public good.
Beyond his police work, Gary has developed quite a resume in commercial art. He has been commissioned by the Marilyn Monroe Foundation, MLB Celebrities, major Broadway productions including Evita and Sweeney Todd, the New York Yankees, 500 Home Run Club, Cal Ripken’s Ironclad, Yao Ming Foundation, Willie Stargel Foundation, M & M’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wise, Heinz, Conair and Playboy Magazine are some of his clients. He also helped design jewelry for Peter Max.
Gary is the creator of celebrity cakes for the 5th generation family bakery and has whipped up portraits in icing for legendary figures such as Michael Jordan, Stephen King, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Eddie Van Halen and countless others!