Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist. Gary has worked for clients including Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, GQ and The New York Times. He has exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe including The Jonathan LeVine Gallery, MondoPOP Gallery, The Antonio Colombo Gallery, Steve Lazarides’ gallery, The Outsiders, The Andy Warhol Museum, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, and The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators.
In 2005, he launched his first vinyl toy, The Toy Monkey, which included a special edition along with a silkscreen print commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. This led Gary to create his own toy company, Chump Toys, which coincided with the release of his OH NO and OH OH vinyl figures. In January 2012, The Royal Canadian Mint released 6 Gary Taxali limited edition 25¢ coins. In 2013 and 2014, Gary released two series of Italian silk pocket squares through Harry Rosen in Canada. He is set to release his third series in Fall 2015.
Gary created the cover art and inside illustrations for Aimee Mann’s album @#%&*! Smilers, which earned a 2009 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Art Package. He has also won hundreds of other awards including a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Gold Medal from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, a Regional and National Gold Addy, a Shortlist Nomination for a Cannes Lion, and numerous awards from American Illustration, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, Print, Society of Publication Designers, The Chicago Creative Club and The Advertising and Design Club of Canada.
In 2010, his first children’s book entitled “This Is Silly!” was published by Scholastic Press and In 2011, 2 monographs of his works were released by 2 different publishers. “I Love You, OK?” by teNeues Publishing in Germany and “Mono Taxali by 24_9 Publishing in Italy.
Aside from his gallery shows and illustration work, Gary also devotes a portion of his time teaching and lecturing at various arts organizations and schools such as OCAD University (Toronto, Canada), where in 2014 he was appointed to a tenured position. He has also taught/lectured at The Art Director’s Club of Houston (Houston, USA), Dankmarks Designskole (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Istituto Europeo Di Design (Rome, Italy), SKAD (Hong Kong), The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, USA) and the National Institute of Design (Bangalore, India). He is a Founding Member of IPA (The Illustrators’ Partnership of America) and sits on the Advisory Board of 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. Gary has also juried many student and professional competitions including The Society of Illustrators, The National Magazine Awards, The Dallas Society of Visual Communications and 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration.