George A. Rada


George A. Rada
Labor Day Night, A View from Forsythe Street, 1988
Oil on canvas, 36” x 30”
Gift of Jacqueline Sferra Rada

George A. Rada was a realist painter known for his cityscapes and for a series of women and dolls. About his cityscapes, he stated, “I paint not a group of buildings, but this group of building, at this time of day, in this atmosphere, under this light. I seek that set of circumstances that makes this vision a once in a lifetime experience for me and the viewer.” Labor Day Night – A View from Forsythe Street was painted, on site, from the roof of a five story tenement building at Forsythe Street (just South of Houston) in Manhattan. “As is traditional, the Empire State Building sports the patriotic red, white, and blue to signify a national holiday, Labor Day.”

Rada studied painting at the Art Students League of New York and received a B.A. degree in Classics from St. Peter’s College in New Jersey. He exhibited his work at the Broome Street Galley, The First Street Gallery, and with the 14th Street Painters at the Earl Galley in New York. He was an Artist/Consultant to the NYC Board of Education for which he designed a series of Fine Arts courses for teachers conducted at major museums in New York City. George Rada died in 2003.