who is garilla?
Scott Garant (r) and Richard Manilla (l), born one day apart in 1968 in two different cities met thirty years later creating Garilla Photography and Visual Art in 2006. Both creative throughout their youths, each pursued various artistic expressions which they bring to their creation of visual art. Scott has a background in photojournalism while Richard's training was in graphic design. Together their creative energy and collaboration is fueled by their respective backgrounds. They met in college while pursuing another form of creative expression, American Sign Language.
Both artists believe that art encourages people to make connections and contributes to the broader community. They have entered their works in auctions for various community and educational organizations, including SNAP!08, SNAP!10, Sick Kids Hospital, and Fife House. They have also worked with the Upper Gallery creating a silent auction that encouraged other artists to donate their works in support of the Dorothy Ley Hospice's Art Therapy Program.
Their work has been showcased at galleries and art shows in New York, Toronto and all across Ontario. You can find their work in private collections in Canada, the U.S., and as far away as New Zealand. They continue to explore their art and stay true to their vision.
Scott Garant & Richard Manilla