A classically trained pianist and art educator, William C. Maggio, has a Master of Science in Art Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and is a lifelong resident of Western New York. Now retired, he was a high school art teacher. Maggio’s work has been shown extensively in domestic and international juried exhibitions over a fifty year period in the arts and is included in numerous private and corporate collections. He describes his contemplative approach in this statement:
The current series, titled Paint as Presence, is inspired by On Presence, Ralph Harper’s mystical, existential exploration of the mysteries of the human imagination. The paintings are black and white paint (acrylic, oil, latex) on canvas stretched over wood panels. Light and dark, heavily textured, layered, scarred and sculptural surfaces present an imposing, reverberating, pulsating, and rhythmic Presence that triggers a chain of metaphoric associations. The aura is both mystical and spiritual. Viewing encourages a meditative, prayerful state of mind.