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Sam Paonessa was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Showing early promise, Sam was awarded a studio scholarship upon graduation, which enabled him to further develop his talents in commercial art. He was then hired by an advertising studio for the next two and a half years. In 1983 Sam was offered employment at Hallmark Canada and has been on staff creating paintings and artwork for a variety of products over the past 27 years.
For many years Sam has traveled and painted plein air landscapes in North America and Italy. He is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and recently became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
Sam Paonessa
Sam Paonessa AOCA OSA
Over the past seven years he has been sharing his talent by conducting demonstrations and teaching oil painting workshops in the GTA. His pursuit of excellence is being rewarded, as he has gained the attention of fine art collectors, both corporate and private across North America.

Other notable recognition includes a Quick Draw 1st prize in 2007 and 2nd prize in the 2006 International Plein Air Painters Annual Paint Out and an honourable mention in the oil category in 2005.

Sam Paonessa

Sam Paonessa
Sam Paonessa
Sam Paonessa

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Past Exhibitions












An exhibition and cocktail reception hosted by
The Joseph D. Carrier Gallery
and the
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto
March 29, 2011
This special exhibition will explore works by the Group of Seven and other contemporary artists who found inspiration in our nation’s rugged landscape including: Tracy Thomson Colero (great grandniece of Tom Thomson), the late Albert Chiarandini (who painted with members of the Group), Salvatore Gallo, Sam Paonessa, Giuseppe Pivetta, Germinio Politi, Tony Bianco and Joseph Catalano.


Joseph D. Carrier Gallery Group Show
Participating Artists: Robert Amirault, Tony Bianco,
Sam Paonessa, Giuseppe Pivetta and Gerry Sevier
December 3rd, 2010
The Columbus Centre - North York, Ontario


2010 Exhibition ~ The Hallmark Fine Art Collection
For many decades, Hallmark has featured the artwork of Canadian artists on cards produced for the Canadian market. From time to time, the company has acquired some of the artworks utilized in their product. These occasional purchases now form a substantial corporate collection.
This year, Hallmark has generously agreed to loan an exiting selection of their holdings as RiverBrink’s featured exhibit for 2010. Paintings by some of Canada's most renowned twentieth century artists are included in the exhibition. Landscapes by artists Franz Johnston (from the Group of Seven), Franklin Arbuckle, Frank Panabaker and William Winter are included along with pieces by contemporary artists such as Deborah Lougheed Sinclair and Sam Paonessa.
We are particularly pleased to be able to feature this extraordinary exhibition during the year which marks the 100th anniversary since the founding of the Hallmark Company.
For more information visit: www.riverbrink.org




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