BIOGRAPHY


RON BARBAGALLO is the director of Animation Art Conservation, a conservation practice devoted to the ethical repair and preservation of classic animation art. He has a firm understanding of the paint technique, color styling and the actual chemistry of the materials used in producing animation art from the classics from the 1920’s to the present day. He has pioneered the mending and re-adhering of the original fractured opaqued animation paint layer to its original cel sheet. This technique allows him to repair the art without having to resort to repainting with new paint. Barbagallo has completed humidity and temperature tests on tri-acetate on the complete line of Cartoon Colour paints. He maintains an active archive of every character color he has worked on and has been compiling a visual guide to the seals, certificates and ink stamps which identify authentic Walt Disney Production and limited edition art.

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is company, ANIMATION ART CONSERVATION, has a client list which includes the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Christie’s East, Linda Jones Enterprises, United Productions of America (UPA), museums, galleries and private collectors worldwide and the personal collections of Stephen Ison and Roy E. Disney. His work in conservation has included preserving and archiving major collections of animation art, as well as having conducted the first comprehensive study for the preservation of the puppets created for Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Tim Burton's Corspe Bride. Barbagallo has handled the conservation of the Mary Grandpre pastels created for all the Harry Potter films and the preservation of the animation artifacts that survived the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11.

One of this country's leading authorities on the materials used in animation art production and their deterioration, Barbagallo addressed an international assembly at the Winter meeting of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. on March 4th, 1995. His talk was entitled “Mickey, Donald, Goofy & Pluto - What’s Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine?” In addition, since 1995, Barbagallo has written regularly about the artists and business people working in animation.

A native of New Jersey, Barbagallo studied both animation and painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he received his B.F.A. in 1981. As a student, he received two of S.V.A.’s highest achievements: The Roy Lichtenstein Award and The Rhodes Family Award. While just a freshman, one of his first paintings, “Snow White at the Wishing Well,” was exhibited at the Allied Artists of America 65th Annual Exhibit at the National Academy Gallery in Manhattan. This exhibit was recorded in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution.

Before working as a conservator, Barbagallo worked as an illustrator. He designed and illustrated artwork for Pocket Books, Washington Square Press, Fortune Magazine, Penthouse International, Readers’ Digest, Deutsch Advertising in NYC and was chosen by CBS Records to update the logo design for The Wizard of Oz 50th Anniversary Soundtrack. Some of his book cover illustrations were done for novels by Isaac Asimov and Tama Janowitz.

Barbagallo’s paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Japan.