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The Artist


Dmitri Wright is a Master Artist and inspirational Instructor. Dmitri's work is built upon the Impressionist Masters in the tradition of his mentors while rooted in his classical training in the Academy and his experimentations of Expressionism and Abstraction.


Dmitri Wright’s artistic lineage stems from the American Impressionists.  His mentors have been Samuel Brecher, who studied under Charles W. Hawthorne, the founder of the Cape Cod Art School.  Hawthorne was a student of William Merritt Chase. Donald Brown, an expressionist, influenced Wright to accept the Max Beckman International Scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, where he then studied under Rueben Tam. At Cooper Union, he studied under Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet.


As an American artist, Wright’s travels have taken him to paint and/or teach throughout the United States, and he visited over a dozen National Park sites, in addition to trips to Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, England, West Indies, Central and South America, and China. His work focuses on the Preservation and Progress of Impressionism, yet rooted in the Classical foundational traditions to express beauty.


Wright’s work is housed in hundreds of collections. Museums: National Art Museum of Sport, Newark Museum, Brooklyn Museum. Corporate: Time Warner, Sloan Kettering, AT&T, Wells Fargo Bank, Pitney Bowes, Verizon, Connecticut Water Co. Private collectors throughout East Coast and Asia.

Selected Exhibitions

50-Year Retrospective Mattatuck Museum "An Artist for all Seasons"; National Arts Club NYC; Brooklyn Museum NYC; Newark Museum NJ; Sorelle Gallery; Silvermine Art Center; New Canaan Library; Wilton Library CT; Watershed Gallery Ridgefield CT; Ana Cara Gallery Greenwich; Weir Farm National Historical Park NPS; National Art Museum of Sport; Old Town Hall Museum of Stamford; Cos Cob Library; Greenwich Historical Society.


Instructor/Master Artist/Board Member

Wright is the Master Artist/Instructor for Weir Farm National Historical Park, the only park dedicated to American Impressionism. Wright, in the tradition of John Henry Twachtman, founder of the Cos Cob Art Colony, is the first artist-in-residence instructing and lecturing at the Greenwich Historical Society, the birthplace of American Impressionism, where he served on the board of trustees of the museum. He also instructs at Silvermine Art School, was a member of their guild,\ and served on their board.


His private clients are professional artists or advanced students seeking to enter the field. He has supported the Florence Griswold Museum, another site related to American Impressionism. In the USA and Europe, he has given workshops and museum tours on ‘How to be an Impressionist’ and has been a judge for art shows here on the East Coast.



Wright won the national scholarship at Cooper Union and the Max Beckman International Scholar Program at Brooklyn Museum Art School and was valedictorian at the Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts, majoring in Fine Art. 


Dmitri Wright has been married to Dr. Karen Shields Wright since 1970 and is a proud father of their son Odin Liam Wright, his daughter-in-law Na Xu Wright, and grandson Johnathan Jacob Xavier of NYC.  Wright has lived in Greenwich, CT, since 1982, where he maintains his studio. 


Member: Artists' Fellowship, NY, NY

Supporter: Friends of Weir Farm, CT

Knight in the Order of Malta, American Association

Statement: Genesis

The Genesis Formation and Foundation of an Artist’s Work click here.


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