“I don’t think about ‘the art market’ as such - I just paint. I really paint because I want to, and because I need to. I have always felt that 1 never had any other choice!” As a painter who paints for himself, Rudolph, or Rudy, Colao, has also spent time sharing his talent and advice. He has taught at the Art Student’s League in New York City as well as at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in Arizona.
Colao is a member of the Allied Artists of America, the Artists Equity Association of New York, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Knickerbocker Artists of New York, and the Rockport Art Association.
He has been featured in magazines such as the American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art magazine, and Focus/Santa Fe. Colao has received many awards for his work, including the Grand Prize in a show of over one thousand artists in the Washington Square Art Exhibit in 1960 and the Excellence in Painting award at the Rockport Art Association in 1995. He is also listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
Colao likes to work quickly, getting a starting sketch, always working from nature. Texture as well as light is central in his work. Jill Warren of Southwest Art magazine stated, “Like all traditional realists, Colao uses value and simple shapes to show us more clearly than the camera or even the eye what his subjects look like. He achieves astonishing depth so that we can see the front, back and middle of his arrangements and bouquets, even though the canvas has no depth at all.”