At the age of nine, Louis began painting in oil, and at the age of 14, he began studying painting, drawing, and art theory under Stanley Stephanowitz, and then under Frank Novak at the Norwich Free Academy Art Program for 2 years, in Norwich, CT. He then studied under master artists Ken Davies, Dean Keller, and Rudolph Zallinger at the Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT.
After art school, Louis continued painting landscapes, seascapes, maritime and portraiture. In 1999, he began painting full-time, focusing on maritime painting, portrait commissions and New England landscapes.
His work is exhibited at the Bay View Gallery in Brunswick, ME, Beacon Fine Art Gallery Red Bank, NJ, Cavalier Galleries in Nantucket, MA and Greenwich, CT, New York City, the Artist’s Association of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA, Helmholz Fine Art Gallery in Manchester Center, VT and Tribeca New York and the Salmagundi Club in New York.
He is a member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. In 2004 he was chosen by Cape Cod Life as the artist to represent Nantucket in their Annual Art Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands. He gained recognition in N Magazine, Nantucket Magazine, Yesterday’s Island, Plum TV, Nantucket TV and Inquirer Mirror.
In 2006 Louis’ maritime painting was featured in the June issue of American Art Collector Magazine and is quoted “Louis Guarnaccia is the modern day Winslow Homer”. His maritime paintings were selected for publication in a full color, hard-cover book by Blue Tree Publishing, Portsmouth. In 2010 Louis did several commissions for the interior of the Super Yacht, Big Zip one which measured 3′ x 9′ for the main salon and after meeting with the yacht interior designers, these paintings were featured in the movie We the Peeples.
In 2004, Louis received the Henry O’Conner SCNY Award for outstanding work from the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, and in 2005 the Thomas Moran SCNY Award for outstanding work at the Salmagundi Club, NYC.
This year he is teaching painting workshops for Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts (NIDSA). Painting trips are planned for New York, Maine & Vermont. He was commissioned to paint a yacht portrait of super yacht Freesia, the largest Hinckley sailboat in the world. He is also ranked as a Roku Dan (6th Degree) black belt in the martial art of Aikido, and a certified teacher. Since 1995 he has been the chief instructor and founder of the Aikido Association of Nantucket, MA, and he is also a Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gong practitioner.