Toronto-based artist, Gary Taxali talks about Bollywood films, the reoccurring "hero" role and their influence on his life and work.
Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India in 1968. A year later, he and his family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. In 1991, Gary graduated from The Ontario College of Art and immediately began working as a professional illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in many national magazines, public transit ads, greeting cards, TV commercials, wine labels, CD covers, etc., in addition to numerous other projects for design firms, advertising agencies and web sites. Gary shows his work extensively in various exhibitions and galleries throughout North America including The La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. In addition to this, a portion of his time is devoted to lecturing and teaching illustration at various art schools such as Sheridan College and The Ontario College of Art and Design. Gary is a Founding Member of IPA (Illustrators' Partnership of America). He is also the co-founder of the creative consortium Picture Mechanics that is comprised of 40 of the top illustrators in the industry.