Carl Scorza is a contemporary realist painter. He studied with Wayne Thieboud and Graham Nickson and their work informs his own.
Carl Scorza started as a plein air painter working from the landscape of East Hampton. In 1997 he became artist in residence in The World Trade Center where he painted cityscapes, from the 91st floor of the North Tower. After that residency, Carl Scorza received a scholarship to the New York Studio School, which emphasizes formal considerations and the human form. He became artist in residence on Governors Island in 2005 and worked there for three summer seasons.
In addition to his four years at the New York Studio School, Carl Scorza studied at the National Academy and took various classes at the Art Students League, New School for Social Research and the New York Academy.
Carl Scorza has continued in recent years to explore painting through a variety of subjects, most recently sunrises and sunsets.
The poetic potential of painting has become his primary focus. Working from clippings, photographs and drawings, he composes paintings through a process of rearranging the elements. He draws, paints, cut and paste them, then photograph the outcome and manipulate them on the computer screen. The computer collage becomes a kind of cartoon for the painting. This process is continued on the canvas by mark making and development of the surface. The relationship to the original experience and this process is the source of the poetry.