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Sylvester Stallone: 35 Years of Painting

By Webmaster on March 4, 2011 / 1 min read

Sylvester Stallone currently has an art exhibition entitled ‘Sylvester Stallone: 35 Years of Painting’ at Galerie Gmurzynska in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The retrospective show, which includes 30 pieces painted by the actor, lasts until March 15, 2011. The paintings document different periods of Stallone’s creative work, including various self-portraits. The show is a great representation of a life in the arts.

Sylvester Stallone Exhibition Opens in St. MoritzStallone’s pictures are as action-packed as his movies: colorful, expressive and abstract. The actor uses an expressionistic style to realise his art in a spontaneous way.

© Sandra Bauknecht“Best of Life”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1989. Photo © Sandra Bauknecht.

The exhibition at Galerie Gmurzynska will be accompanied by a catalogue written by art critics Anthony Haden-Guest (for The New York Times and The London Times) and Donald Kuspit, one of the most distinguished art critics in America.

© Sandra BauknechtAbove: “Finding Rocky”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1975. “Never Ever Land”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 2010. “Hercules O’Clock”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1991. Photos © Sandra Bauknecht.

Photo © Sandra BauknechtDetail of “Best of Life”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1989. Photo © Sandra Bauknecht.

Subsequent to the show at Galerie Gmurzynska, Stallone’s art will be exhibited at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

Let us know your thoughts on the work in the comments below.

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  • Daniela GarofaloMarch 31, 2024

    Bravissimo! I did not know that Sylvester Stallone was also an amazing artist. I have just seen SLY. For the last hours I have been admiring his paintings. He is now my favorite artist, and I have been one all my life.

  • Harley Richard ShatzDecember 5, 2022

    To Mr. Sylvester Stallone, As a teen growing up in Brooklyn ( Gravesend ) NY, watching your First Movie Rocky, taught me that no matter whatever the odds against me, and they were great, as long as “ I FIGHT ”, and even if I get “ knocked down “, get up & give it my all, & I will prevail in what I want to do with my life. I Thank You, and FYI, your Original Movie Poster depiction of Rocky I have brought with me and hangs prominently for ALL TO SEE. You were and are an inspiration to Millions, whether they Realize It Or Not

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  • Clifton ClarkMarch 6, 2013

    I'm amazed at the art work Sly has gracefully painted. I understand there are critics of every fashion, but as a tattoo artist I can say without a doubt these are some fabulous pieces of art. It's unfortunate some of the people on this thread say such ridiculous things about Sly's art when they aren't quite sure what art is. I'd love to collect just 1 of his pieces, but I'm sure that may be very hard to aquire. Sly keep on doing what your doing, because your a true artists all the way around. God bless you and may you prosper forever. Cliff

  • Roman BradleyMay 25, 2012

    Stallone. You don't have to stick with supplies found in the artstores. Get scrapers from Lowes or Home Depot. They come in large sized. It also helps with Color to paint in black and white for a year. Dali did it.

  • NOAH MAXIMUSMay 15, 2012

    This is art? This is absolutely hideous! Hideous, hideous, hideous! Like the earlier poster stated this is the emporers new clothes.

  • NathanMay 13, 2012

    Hi, there i'm Nathan forester i'm a huge fan of yours. I loved you in Rocky, Rambo, Cliffhanger and Demolition Man. But I also like your artwork too and your work in the movie 'Oscar', severely underrated in my opinion. Ignore what those other losers say, they're trolls and probably are jealous because of your sucess.

  • ChrisMay 13, 2012

    Wow, this guy should stick to acting....

  • Connie BlackfoxMay 13, 2012

    Sly, I have always been impressed by your talent. I particularly loved "Cliffhanger", and watch it often (I used to be a free climber myself). Anyway, most people catch you, except a couple who drank the "hater-ade". Forget them!

  • sheaMay 13, 2012

    Amazing. I'd love to see you do a documentary focusing on your painting. Why has this been a secret, that you are also, a great painter?

  • Vit GorodetsMay 13, 2012

    Mr. Stallone, Your works will be exhibited at the State Russian Museum in St.Petersburg. You may be interested to learn that on July 7, 2012, The State Russian Museum and The State Hermitage in St.Petersburg will celebrate 125th Anniversary of Marc Chagall birth. There is more to share with you on this subject. Are you going to travel to St.Petersburg for the opening ceremony of your Exhibition? If YES, than is there any way to get in touch with you (my name is Vit, I am a founder of The International Initiative Group "CHAGALL 2012", I reside in Los Angeles) Looking forward to hearing from you

  • Jennifer MatthewsMay 13, 2012

    I think it's amazing you don't limit yourself to one "greatness". You inspire me to continue to pursue my dreams and move forward in my life..... Your Fan, JENNIFER

  • Imre KalanyosMay 11, 2012

    Sly, you started to reveal your talent when you challanged the ods of one in the million. Keep it up you are good at it.

  • DavidMay 11, 2012

    People have always tended to say that Sly wasn't exactly blessed with intelligence and a creative side , but this just goes to prove the opposite !

  • richard r guiseMay 11, 2012

    just wanting to say i like what you do and paint as well is a bonus yo are avery well rounded multi tasking person keep up the goos work ray

  • Nii hyltonMay 11, 2012

    Its interesting to know and witness the artistic side of Sly..!

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  • mullerjeanfrancoisMay 10, 2012

    nice paintings.

  • steve nicholsMay 10, 2012

    You have got to be kidding-are you people nuts! This is like the emperor's new clothes folks. Wake up-it is terrible!

  • Pam BarbeeMarch 11, 2012

    Love your work, Sly! What an incredibly talented man you are! Thank you for entertaining and inspiring me the past 35 years! First, with your acting. I was in love, infatuated, imagining meeting you during my teens through my thirties! LOL! Then, I began to look much deeper in the message in all of your work. Through periods of disappointment, disenchantment, and even depression, Rocky films, especially ROCKY BALBOA, have helped me believe in myself again and the power I possess to control my destiny to great degree! I want you to know how you have indirectly helped me without ever knowing me...Thank you! Now, waiting for more of your great work in Expendables 2 and more! The passion always comes across in your writing, directing, and acting! I love your painting! Is there a way to view your entire collection? Finally, you have such a beautiful family. Your wife and three daughters are so pretty! So happy for you after a couple of failed attempts, you found true love and happiness that is lasting......doesn't happen much in Hollywood....or anywhere these days it seems! My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary. But, just in case you ever have a desire to grant the greatest wish of a long time loyal adoring fan whose affections are not misplaced...I would love, love, love the opportunity to meet you! God's blessings always to you and your family.

  • THIERRY KIYOMBOJanuary 30, 2012

    Hello Sly, I am really proud of you because i have never been disappointed with you. and since i was young until now, you still being my real actor in the world everything from you make me proud. but one thing i can suggest you is if it can be possible to paint a significant board which can reflect refugee life, as i am into this miserable life for now five years. try to honor also refugees I am in Dzaleka camp in Malawi. i guess you get me.

  • suzy herronMay 1, 2011

    How wonderful that you have been always creative, keeps the spirit vibrant! kudos to you,

  • John .w.WaltonApril 20, 2011

    Im wondering if stallone was just a regular joe blow,with no conection if he still would have all the coments an be able to have an exbition in switzerland.I have seen unknow artists that would put his infantile scibels to shame.

  • Monika NwankwoApril 18, 2011

    Dear Sly! Your paintings are really deserves to be recognized in the entire world, alongside with your movies. It shows how versatile and brilliant you are. As a painter, you reveal your wonderful intellectual and sensitive side; as a moviemaker you present mainly your great wild and masculine side. You are my dream; you are a real man, definitely. I wish you unstoppable creativity and success in both art forms, forever!!! Monika

  • LenaApril 9, 2011

    Congrats, Sly! It`s amazing works. You are wonderful person, keep going in the same way!

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  • DaynsbyApril 3, 2011

    Sly paints too. Sweet. I think paintings reveal more than most other art forms.

  • Pueblo PecassoApril 2, 2011

    Sly, I grew up with your movies. I guess now my children will grow up with your paintings. Regards, Pueblo

  • zoeMarch 31, 2011

    Sly I really can't imagine world without you...You rock!!!You are so talented!You are the best eeever!!!

  • juliet jonesMarch 30, 2011

    well how fantastic sly is a legend all rocky's have been on tv and they are still as fantastic as ever sly god bless you i love you keep up the good work xx

  • robert craigMarch 28, 2011

    enjoyed rocky films. rambo where good but didnt enjoy last one as much as the rest. though the expendables was great

  • Thomas GreenMarch 28, 2011

    Sly, you never cease to amaze me..Thanks for sharing all of your talents with the world

  • stancu niculaeMarch 27, 2011

    i am much older than sylvester stallone,a butyfull star on the humanitarian sky and i would like to contect him tooffer him a good universal mark to iblarge hts popularity[west is only west, but there are olso east,south,and north]..../pa nico

  • zoeMarch 25, 2011

    I draw too and I love your paintings.They are colourful and when I watch them I really think that you are so talented.

  • croixMarch 24, 2011

    When can we see Stallone's work in St. Peterburg, Russia?

  • Kyle KuykendallMarch 23, 2011

    Understandably if not understatedly, it's the most personal of expressions that many protect to even a bitterly torn, burned or slashed end: I see WHAT you paint, Mr. Stallone, but it is more intriguing to me to know HOW you paint. How comfortable are you in turning the camera on the process vs the product? I believe many could and likely would benefit from seeing you work. Best wishes, Kyle

  • septyaayaaMarch 19, 2011

    you are amazing man Sly.. !!

  • velma v.groveMarch 18, 2011

    you are the greatest, will love you forever

  • JovanMarch 17, 2011

    I was not aware that you had been painting all these years. I what a pleasant surprise to see such great artwork. I'm also a painter, with an expressionist hand. I'd love to create a collaborative artwork with you. See my art website if you are interested.

  • Jesse CassellMarch 16, 2011

    Sly, You just continue to amaze me with your phenomenal movies full of heart and strength and now you’re contemporary Art Work. You have definitely been an inspiration to me in the gym and in life. -Jesse

  • Blanca BustamanteMarch 15, 2011

    Congrats Sly!You are an amazing man: Actor, writer, director, etc. and now painter hit after hit . You are the best for us .Blanca Bustamante from Ecuador . I would like to meet you . On June my husband and I are going to US , tell me please how can we do to meet you please

  • SophieMarch 14, 2011

    Woaw ! I practice art during 7 years, and I love the colours that you use, I think there give a touch of cheerfulness! i love more particulary "Best of life" Congrat Sly!

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  • PRINCEMarch 13, 2011

    ilove love love

  • Kevin LordMarch 12, 2011

    Dig the paintings and you are a great actor writer etc!

  • rosyMarch 9, 2011

    would love for you to have a book out with all your paintings in it............... rosy

  • Vassilios GovosdisMarch 7, 2011

    Congrats for your <> for me artistik work. Fantastic actor,director,writer and painter. Yours sincerely, Proff. Vassilios Govosdis Gastroenterologist

  • Max BenderMarch 7, 2011

    It's great to see that you are not only a fantastic actor and writer but a fascinating artist!

  • WebmasterMarch 7, 2011

    What an amazing accomplishment. Congrats Sly!

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