Gary Cantor
Former CEO Art Institute of California
Former Chairman International Council of Design Schools (ICDS) 

Gary Cantor earned his bachelor’s in fine arts degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in1961. After graduating, he continued his art studies in Europe and Israel. He founded an advertising/design studio in San Diego in 1964 and founded the Art Institute of California in 1981. He retired to his studio in Del Mar, California in 2000.

Gary’s work has appeared in various public venues including the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego State University, University of Southern California, University of Arizona, and the San Diego Jewish Community Center.

Gary has participated in six one-person exhibitions, which led to his work being collected by various art patrons including Dr. Andrea Rich former Director/Curator Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Judi Missett CEO Jazzercise, Jack Goodall former CEO Jack in the Box – among others.

A FANS 2021 page has been added To join the FANS 2021 page – take a photo with you and your Gary Cantor giclee print and email it to along with your full name and location – for example John Smith, San Diego, CA.

For more information: Phone 858-735-2144 or Email him at

Artist Statement:

I have been a painter all my life – my medium for many years was oil paint on canvass. In the 1970’s I painted with acrylics on canvass and on plexiglass – and in the 1990’s I went to the computer and began painting with pixels on a screen.  

The images displayed on this site are drawn freehand using a mouse with a laptop attached to a TV monitor.

Most often I create my paintings with a black digital line on a white ground. I freely allow the line to guide my hand and follow the pattern that comes forth. In time shapes appear and in further time a subject appears.

Then I determine what I have drawn and from the determination I develop my painting. I rework the new image until I have a composition that is ready to be “decorated.”

I then fill the positive and negative spaces with color and values, shades and patterns that aesthetically appeal to me. I readjust and juxtapose these elements until, once again, they appeal to my aesthetics.

Then and only then, do I give the work a title that describes what I have subconsciously done thus  bringing the image into a consciousness that the viewer can better understand.

There are other times I have an idea for an image – and I set out to accomplish that visual goal. I still let the lines guide my hand, but I do add some control to direct the lines to achieve more objectivity in that I want the final work to represent my original vision.

In general my colors are pure and tend to be on the bright side – I like color. I normally do not use shading and only do so if it enhances the colors themselves and not to show dimension.

I am subjective about the shape, size, and placement of things including facial characteristics, figure proportions and that would include limbs, hands, feet, etc.

I dress up my paintings with the wonderful patterns and textures one can only get with digital art techniques. I like juxtaposing a flat surface against a patterned one.

I am not on any social media, so the only way of exposing my work to others is for you, if you feel so inclined, to forward my work to your family and friends. I know it will make my major “patron” happy.

Thank for your time and attention, Gary Cantor

I would like to give credit to some of my major patrons who were not recognized on my Home Page and who hold major collections of my earlier work and who gave me the recognition to keep going. Chris and Dr. Roland Blantz, Dennis Cantor, Ron Gerber, Jay and Susan Golding, Randy Gruber, Henry Haimsohn, Howard Koosed, and Leo Zuckerman.


Digital Painting is an art form in which traditional painting are applied using a computer. The artist uses painting techniques to create the digital painting directly on the computer. To print a giclee print, a 12 color inkjet printer squirts special pigments (not dyes) onto archival quality material – 100% cotton paper, linen rag, or canvas. Because of the pigments and quality print medium, giclee prints demonstrate longevity with fade-resistant colors.


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