Illustrator and artist, Gary Paiva, was born and raised into a vibrant, artistic and culturally diverse Portuguese household in Toronto, Canada. His father was a landscape architect and his mother is a culinary master, who's artistry with exquisite Portuguese dishes inspired much of Gary's passion.
Being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the early age of two and a half, Gary, years later having found his purpose, gravitated towards art. In 2001 Gary attended the Toronto School of Art to enrich his skills, focusing in illustration, and was fortunate to begin mentoring under well known illustrators such as Joe Fleming and Harvey Chan. Gary Paiva, was also honoured with the inclusion into the Scarborough Arts Big Art Book – published in 2012.
Gary also devotes a portion of his time to graphic design, assisting as creative and sales director for a local marketing firm, and freelance illustrator / artist from his home studio in Mississauga, Canada.
Known for his unique and surreal Canadian-themed Christmas cards, Gary has now begun taking on a new venture as an urban fashion designer, and is currently creating a collection of baby and children's apparel. Designs will launch summer 2016 exclusively under the Francisco & Joseph brand.
Available for consultation of freelance illustration or marketing work, Gary would love to hear about your project.