Images of the human figure, and portraits in particular, are the focus of Ernie Norcia’s work. His portraits, whether formal or informal, display the spirit of his subject. A master of traditional methods including glazing and layering in both oil and tempera, Norcia works with the belief that well-crafted images have lasting impact, leaving a legacy for future generations. Ernie Norcia’s paintings can be found in corporations, institutions, and numerous private collections in the United States. His various awards include those from prestigious art organizations such as the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Portrait Society of America, and the Bennington Center for the Arts, as well as recognition from the White House and an Emmy for artistic achievement.
Norcia earned a BFA degree at the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA degree in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has taught painting, drawing, color, and more at University of Dayton, Wright State University, Moore College of Art & Design, and currently teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Hussian School of Art. A resident of the Philadelphia area, he has been invited to juror numerous exhibitions in the region, and continues to exhibit in selected venues as well as tending to his ongoing private portrait commissions for clients around the country.
Ernie Norcia teaches painting with an emphasis on portraiture and figurative work in traditional materials and techniques in PAFA's Continuing Education programs.