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Pierre Finkelstein

Pierre Finkelstein is recognized worldwide as a superior craftsman in the art of decorative painting. His faux finishes appear in some of the most beautiful homes in the United States and Europe.

Early Training

Pierre Finkelstein was Born in France.  He served for the French Foreign Legion and then attended the prestigious Van de Kellen Institute in Brussels. Here he received intensive training in a full range of classical applications including woodgraining, marbling, gilding, patina, and trompe l’oeil. In 1990, he was awarded the distinguished title of Best Craftsman of France award for decorative painting.

Years of Excellent service

Based in New York City for the past 30 years, Pierre has made a name for himself as a specialist in high-end residential and 19th century European period style.
Pierre’s business grew rapidly as designers, architects and clients became aware of his abilities producing believable renditions of faux marble, wood, and ornamentation techniques.  Clients look to Pierre to give expert advice and color consultation and to meticulously create custom finishes for every project

Superior Attention to Detail

Pierre’s sharp eye for design and strong desire for perfection enable him to quickly understand what the client envisions, produce working samples, and deliver the final product on time, within budget, and exceeding expectation. This makes him an indispensible, reliable resource for interior designers and architects.

Master Classes

As founder and director of Grand Illusion Decorating Painting and the Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting, Inc., Pierre shares his unique techniques and vast expertise through both basic and advanced master classes. He is also the author of the two best-selling books, The Art of Faux and Recipes for Surfaces.