Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Following graduation, he spent a year in Athens, Greece, working as an illustrator. When Glakas returned to the US he began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and spent the next five years studying with Robert Liberace and Danni Dawson at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. He has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute of American Art, and his paintings have been exhibited at galleries throughout the country. Glakas' portrait of CIA Director George Tenet hangs in Georgetown University and his portrait of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife, Landra, hangs in the Capitol Building next to a portrait of Mark Twain. The artist currently resides in Washington D.C., where he paints full-time and also teaches figure painting.