Vincent Gaspari Arcilesi, compassionate, devoted, loving husband, father, celebrated artist, adored & admired professor & longtime resident of NYC. He was surrounded by loving friends & family as he breathed his last breath on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 89 years young.
Described as attentive and compassionate, Arcilesi was admired for his charm, encouraging attitude, impassioned spirit, especially in the classroom. He fell in love with teaching, often coming home charged and inspired by his own students to paint .One student stated “He did not just focus on the most talented but everyone got the same attention and encouragement. He would always look at the work and always find something good to say about it first. Then he would tactfully critique and guide.” Arcilesi taught over 30 years, becoming Chair of the Art Department at Fashion Institute of Technology where he developed & cherished many relationships with staff & students.
Arcilesi was best known for his sensational nude drawings, landscapes, cityscapes, large-scale nudes set against the backdrop of the world’s most scenic cities & lush landscapes. Exhibited internationally, Arcilesi’s work resides in the collections of The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL and private collections across the country.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nan in July of 2020 & brother Richard in 2017. He is survived by his children, Piero & Francesca Arcilesi of NYC as well as his nephews, Richard & Mark Arcilesi, his nieces, Beth Arcilesi, Robyn Withrow, Linda & Lorrie Arcilesi, all of Charlotte, NC.
A lover of all animals and a deep interest in others,Arcilesi will be remembered for his optimism, charm, warmth, generous and scintillating spirit.
A memorial service for Vincent & Nan will be held April 2, 2022.