E.M. Saniga


E M. Saniga presents a naturalistic yet mysterious vision of reality. His genres, still life, landscape and figures are entirely traditional but something marks them as different. His American masters seem to be Eakins, Homer and Dickinson and the European influences that we can perceive in his work include Corot, Degas, Balthus and Vuillard among others.Yet there is a strange edge that seems unique to Saniga’s vision.

Saniga, who is also a professor of Information Technology, was trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art where he studied with Seymour Remenick among others. He observes of Vermeer that “he made a model of reality out of paint that seemed to be at least as strong as reality itself.”That sentiment is appropriate to his own images of land and pointers, and riders at rest.They too are “models of reality”-human constructions of the very fragile shell of things.


BS Industrial Engineering, MBA, PhD, Management Science and Mathematical Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University

Architectural and Engineering Drawing, Figure Drawing, Pennsylvania State University

Figure Drawing, University of Delaware, with Stephen Tanis (1985-1988)

Figure Painting , Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with Seymour Remenick and Arthur DeCosta ( 1985) etching with Tony Rosati

Private Study: Bruce Kurland 1985-1990

Solo Exhibitions

E. M. Saniga: Artifacts, shfap/steven harvey fine art projects October 15- Nov 16, 2014 NY, NY
EM Saniga: Paintings, shfap/steven harvey fine art projects October 7-Oct 30,2010, NY, NY
E.M. Saniga, paintings, Gallery Schlesinger (Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects) Feb 19-Mar21, 2009, NY, NY.
E. M. Saniga, Drawings, Richard Beards Gallery , Oxford , Pa , September 7-30, 2007
Paintings and Drawings of E.M. Saniga, September 3-26, 2004 , John Sloan Museum, Loch Haven , Pennsylvania
Gary Blakeslee Gallery, Palm Beach , Fl. January 6-30, 1999,
Gary Blakeslee Gallery, Palm Beach, Fl., January 4-28, 1994
Lagokas-Turak Gallery, Philadelphia , Pa November 1990.
Lagokas-Turak Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa , November 1988
Strodes Mill Gallery, West Chester, Pa April , 1986

Group Exhibitions

Ernie and Kurt: paintings by E.M. Saniga and Kurt Knobelsdorf, October 10- Nov 11, 2012, New York, NY
Pathways to Landscape, Ridgefield Guild, March 5th – 26, 2011, Ridgefield, Ct. Curated by Dean Fisher
Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits 10/23/2010-1/2/2011 Pa Academy of the Fine Arts , Philadelphia
US ARTISTS, Pa Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Oct 1-3, 2010
In the Light of Corot, NY, NY Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, 2010
Artists of the Carlson Trust( curator), Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford ,Pa. 2010
Gallery Schlesinger. “Old School,” New York, NY. 2008
Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project. Red Dot. New York, NY. 2008
Steven Harvey Projects: Vessels( Oct 8-Nov 8,2008), NYC
Hoorn Ashby Gallery, 766 Madison Ave., NYC, April 12-30, 2007
Newark Art Alliance, Newark, DE, October 2006
Earlier: At Blue Streak and Carspecken Scott Gallery, Wilmington, De., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC


Visiting artist award: American Academy in Rome 2007


Interview with Rebecca Harp on the Jerusalem Studio School website:
http://jssart.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/conversation-with-e-m-saniga/ Catalogue Essay, A. Davidson, 2007
“E. M. Saniga” Philadelphia Art Matters, November 2003
“Saniga art at Sloan ” The Express, Loch Haven, Pa., September 8, 2003
Davidson, The Paintings of E.M. Saniga, Rutledge Press, Danbury , CT. 2001
Catalogue Essay, G. Blakeslee, 1999
Catalogue Essay, P. Lagokas, 1990
“Philadelphia Show” Chester County Press, November 14, 1988
Catalogue Essay, P. Lagokas, 1988

Public Collections

The Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa

Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia

The John Sloan Museum, Lock Haven University, Loch Haven , Pa.