Portrait Artist Gyan Samara
Portrait Artist Gyan Samara

Portrait Artist Gyan Samara

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Introduction: I am a Chicago based artist with an MFA in painting and 25 years of experience, specializing in portraits of people, pets and floral still lives. My artwork is uplifting, vivid and joyful and will brighten the walls of your home. My paintings are created using a mix of different mediums: acrylics, oil‘s and oil pastels. To see examples of my work below or visit my website or Instagram page. My artwork pricing is bases off of a mathematical equation that captures my 30 years of painting experience and cost of materials and time to create a beautiful commissioned portrait painting for you. It is calculated in inches of length X width times 2.5., which roughly works out to be $70 an hour. This calculation can help you price out your next painting. My price list is below in the question section at the bottom of the profile. 2021 Portrait Prices. Single Cropped Portraits *10”x8”: $200 *9” x 12”: $270 *16” x 12”: $480: *16” x 16”: $640: *20“ x 16“: $800 *24“ x 20“: $1200 *24“ x 24“: $1440 Single Cropped or full head Portraits *30” x 24”: $1800 **24” x 36”: $2160 *30” x 30”: $2250 Single or Multiple person portraits 30” x 40”: $3000 36” x 36”: $3240 36” x 48”: $4320 48” x 48”: $5760 48” x 60”: $7200 60” x 70”: $10,500 The majority of my portraits are cropped just focusing on the face. For full head shot portrait and additional figures, half bodies or full body portraits please email me and we can discuss the details as the complexity of the painting will increase in size and price. Portraits that include a second figure need to be above 30 x 40“ or 36 x 36“. All sizes below that are for single Portraits. To commission a portrait I will require 50% of the painting paid it up front, and the remaining amount including shipping to be paid prior to delivery. (Shipping and handling is not included in the price. This is separate.). I accept cash, Venmo, Zelle all based in USA currency. If you’re interested in commissioning a portrait, please check out my work in my profile. on Instagram or my website and contact me. Thanks Gyan

Serves Chicago, IL

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22 years in business

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Sylvano G.
May 2, 2021
My wife and I wanted a portrait of our 1 year old daughter. I contacted Gyan and he was great! I love his use of vibrant colors in his paintings! I have to admit I was a little concerned about it being shipped across the country but Gyan packaged it so well that it ended up taking some time to get it out of the box! It arrived without a scratch and now hangs proudly in our stairwell where we can see it every time we come down the stairs. I would definitely recommend him for beautiful portraits that I guarantee will admired by friends and family that see it and remark on its beauty.
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Maya S.
Apr 29, 2021
I saw Gyan working on a portrait of President Obama on his Instagram page and loved it. I asked to buy it and was able to watch the progress over the hours and days he completed the painting through his IG posts. When it was dry enough to ship, Gyan packaged it in a big painting box ensuring the work was protected. He kept me in the loop throughout the process and offered advice on hanging and framing it. The portrait is stunning and colors so vibrant. It’s a real show stopper! I decided no frame was needed as this 36”x36” painting fits my space perfectly.
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Karen C.
Sep 23, 2019
Gyan did the most stunning portrait of my adult son. Oil pastels on birch panels. He has captured not just the likeness of my son, but his character shines through also. The art was shipped to me for a reasonable cost and arrived safely (very carefully packaged) it hangs in my home and I LOVE it
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Regan M.
Sep 22, 2019
I got to sit for two portraits with Gyan and both were wonderful experiences! The first time I was admittedly nervous as I didn’t know what to expect, but he was very personable and made sure I was comfortable in his studio. As he worked we chatted about work, life, and what inspired him to become an artist, and quickly got to know each other on a more personal level that I would not have expected. The second portrait I sat for he showed me his techniques and how he creates his portrait and even let me try my own hand at it. Working with Gyan was a fascinating experience that allowed me to make a fantastic friend, learn some handy art techniques, and awoke within me a creative spark that I have cherished ever since. And the fact that I have fallen in love with with both portraits and proudly display (one in my apartment and and one in my parents’ dining room) is simply the icing on the cake. I would gladly sit for a portrait with Gyan if ever given the opportunity again!
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Summer W.
May 3, 2021
Beautiful painting of my departed brother, this meant a lot to me and my family. Amazing work!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    For all commission paintings prices are based on mathematical equation based in inches of length times with times “2.5”. Portraits starting at sizes 36“ x 36“ and up can include a second person. Any portrait including additional person(s), half body, full body. we should discuss this in detail prior to the commission. Prices may vary based on the complexity of the portrait. 2021 Portrait Prices. *20“ x 16“: $800 *24“ x 20“: $1200 *24“ x 24“: $1440 *30” x 24”: $1800 *24” x 36”: $2160 *30” x 30”: $2250 30” x 40”: $3000 36” x 36”: $3240 36” x 48”: $4320 48” x 48”: $5760 48” x 60”: $7200 Special Deals: I do have a special for my 2021 single cropped mixed media (Oil pastels) on Mat-Board (paper) portraits. Each single cropped portrait takes approximately 15 to 20 hours to create and they are framed in IKEA frames at no additional cost. Please inquire regarding pricing. For all commission work, I require 50% paid up front which covers the initial cost of purchasing new materials for this commission. When the painting has been completed the balance plus packaging, shipping, handling fees and taxes are due before the painting is delivered in person or via a mail shipping service. Payment Plan: I am flexible, if you would like to have a portrait and can not afford it, a payment plan can set up after the initial 50% depot has been made. Once the painting and additional Taxes, shipping and handling fees has been paid off, only then will it be delivered. Framing: I do work with some wholesale framing services. All artwork is nonrefundable.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have over 25 years of experience of painting. I have a Masters of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, which is one of the oldest art academies in the United States. I have a bachelors of fine arts from the Savannah College of Art and design and I recently obtained a Masters in education. The majority of my work over the years has been portraiture but I also paint floral arrangements, landscapes from my studio and on location. From time to time I also have the opportunity to work on murals. During the day I work for a nonprofit and I direct a vocational arts training program where we provide participants with skills infused with the arts and commercial interior-mural painting and ceramic/tile mosaics work.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I have been painting my whole life ever since my senior year in high school in the Netherlands. I was exposed to some of europe’s best artists. After high school I went straight to art school. From there I vowed to infuse the arts into everything that I do professionally and recreationally.

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