Santo pezzutti 070411Italian-born painter (and award-winning sailboat racer) Santo Pezzutti  visits Canvas Studio Art this weekend for a retrospective of his work in oils, acrylics and watercolors.

It’s a method of painting that the artist calls “stream of consciousness,” an approach to portraits and nautical-themed seascapes that skirts strict photorealism in favor of a more impressionistic — some might say “fluid” — style.

When he’s not working in oils, acrylics, or watercolors, Santo Pezzutti can be found navigating the Navesink — where, as a longtime member of Red Bank’s Monmouth Boat Club, he’s been a serial champion sailboat racer whose unprecedented 10-year run of top honors (in the Sanderling class, from 2000-2009) has not only remained unmatched, but resulted in his well-engraved trophy being retired from further duty.

Back on dry land this weekend, the Italian-born Pezzutti is the center of attention and the guest of honor as Canvas Studio Art in Rumson presents a solo-show exhibit that showcases the 92-year-old artist’s waterworld of light and local color.

The Santo Pezzutti Retrospective offers  a colorful mix of media and a variety of subjects – highlighted by, but hardly limited to, the Middletown resident’s impressions of life lived along the riverside. It’s a great introduction to the fine artist who spent years as an art director for some of Madison Avenue’s top ad agencies.

The exhibit is scheduled for 5 to 8 pm on Saturday and 1 to 4 pm on Sunday at Canvas, located at 126 East River Road. Information on additional viewings can be obtained by emailing or