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Frank Cannas


Frank Cannas is a New Yorker, born in the Bronx in 1936. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts illustration program in 1958 and apprenticed with the Illustrators Group before joining the the Ross Art Studio in his first staff artist position. From 1960 to 1967, he was a staff artist at Equitable Life Assurance Society. Frank spent 1967 to 1970 freelancing- producing illustrations primarily for school textbooks, book covers and children’s books.

From 1971 to 1997, Frank joined Philip Morris Companies Inc.’s art department, illustrating full color posters for company-sponsored horse, car, bicycle, sailboat, motocross races and tennis tournaments, also produced graphic designs for company promotions and charitable
organizations. He was commissioned to do portraits for the Tennis Hall of fame of Don Budge first Triple Crown winner and Virginia Wade.

In 1992, The Artist Magazine featured Frank’s paintings with cover art and article about creating hard and soft edges in painting. In 1997 he retired from his commercial art career and has been showing in fine art in Galleries in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Ohio and Connecticut.

In May 2001 he was featured in Art Times News with a front page review of his show at Shahinian Gallery by Ramond J. Stiener, he is also the winner of twenty seven National and Regional awards.

Frank has always painted for his own pleasure and loves to paint outdoors. Now painting is his way of life and he paints plein-aire or in his studio at home.