IMPORTANT NOTE: We regret to report that Hector Garrido passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 19, 2020. He was 92 years of age. This site will continue, and any proceeds from sale of Hector's original artwork will go 100% to his family, as they previously went to him.
You can continue to check back from time to time for new artwork. As the site is maintained for free by a friend of his, there is still original artwork waiting to be photographed and posted. Please note, this does not include GI Joe, Three Investigators, or Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. What originals Hector had of those went otherwise out of his possession years ago.
"I am Argentinian by birth; I studied art in Buenos Aires.
As a young artist I immigrated to the United States. I was professionally active here beginning in the 1950s. Beginning around 2000, I went into semi-retirement, painting devotional subjects. I am now retired.
I am best known to fans of GI Joe and for such book series such as The Three Investigators (I painted all the Crimebusters covers), Danny Dunn, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Destroyer (Remo Williams), and the Baroness.
My original artwork for GI Joe was featured on the 1980s-era merchandise packaging. For book publishers, I painted the covers of numerous sci-fi, (gothic) romance, and thriller/horror books. Perhaps most notably in the horror genre, I painted the iconic covers for TM Wright's "Strange Seed"/"Children" series. I was also a Time Magazine cover artist, and my 1969 cover, "Astronauts" is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
For much of my career, I created collector plates for the Bradford Exchange. My plate "Our Lady of Lourdes" sold over 1 million copies.
Some of my original artwork is available for purchase. It is listed in the Available album. The rest has been sold. I am updating this site over time, so please come back and visit again to see additional artwork.
ALSO: If you presently own artwork painted by me from some of the popular series (Nancy Drew, Three Investigators, GI Joe), I occasionally receive inquiries about this art from interested buyers. If you wish to consider selling, let me know, and I can provide a referral when asked."
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