A native of Brooklyn, New York, John studied pre-engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both with honors. His education was supplemented by courses at The Brooklyn Museum and the Studio and Forum of Stage Design.
In Rockport since 1980, John travels extensively painting “en plein air”, capturing the moment in his brightly colored impressionistic-realism style of painting. He uses both brush and palette knife to enhance the visual effects of his compositions.
An elected artist member of many organizations, John has served as President of the Rockport Art Association and was a member of its Board of Governors for sixteen years. He has been interviewed on TV programs such as ABC’s Good Morning America, BNN’s It’s All About The Arts, and internationally on Televisione Italiana-RAI. His art has also been extensively published in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers, some of which are; Marine Art: A Gallery of Marine Art; Monhegan: The Artist’ Island; and The Best of Oil Painting among many others. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and on Artprice.com. He is represented by many galleries and in corporate collections. In Florida, John exhibits regularly at Sheldon Fine Art in Naples. Aside from the RAA, John is an elected member of and regularly exhibits at the American Society of Marine Artists, Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art, Lyme Art, and North Shore Arts – Associations. Among his many awards are his latest from En Plein Air Texas, the Texas Ranchland Award, the Guerrilla Painter Award at the Wayne Plein Air Festival, and a feature article in the September, 2017 issue of PleinAir Magazine. John’s art may be viewed on JohnCaggiano.com, Facebook, or at his gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport, founded in 1981.