Born in New York, John graduated from Brooklyn College and Pratt Graduate School, both with honors. He relocated to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1981, drawn by the unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. His colorful oil palette is applied with both brush and palette knife. Aside from other galleries, Caggiano owns a gallery in Rockport, founded in 1981. He is an elected Artist Member of Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Arts, Lyme Art, North Shore Arts, and Rockport Art – Associations, as well as an elected Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, and an associate member of American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.
Some recent honors are a feature article in the September, 2017 issue of Plein Air Magazine, Guerrilla Painter Award in the 2017 Wayne Plein Air, an online feature in Plein Air Today, (Plein Air Magazine), Third Place in the two hour Quick Draw in Eastern Plein Air, 2016, and the inaugural Purchase Prize for the permanent collection of the Bennington Center for the Arts (VT). He is often a juried artist in many plein air events, among them are Solomon’s Island, Easton, En Plein Air Texas, Easels in Frederick, Lighthouse Festival, Paradise Paint Out, Annapolis, Bucks County, Wekiva Paint Out, and Marblehead Plein Air.
John Caggiano’s greatest joy is painting with friends and colleagues who live and breathe art.