Rich Gaspari Honored with Life-sized Self Portrait
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World champion bodybuilding icon and sports supplement pioneer Rich Gaspari was recently honored with the unveiling of his official portrait at Strong and Shapely Gym in East Rutherford, NJ. Bob Bonham, owner of Strong and Shapely, privately organized the event to honor Gaspari's contributions to both the sport and supplement industry. Rich's contributions are felt around the world, but he has always stayed true to his New Jersey roots. The painting is a much more personal accolade compared to the bodybuilding trophies and medals that adorn his shelves now.
International award winning artist Kevin Murphy had the honor of constructing the portrait, which began in September 2012. The oil painting shows Rich Gaspari seated next to his Arnold Classic trophy, with a knight on a white horse in the background. The significance of the knight and horse is from Rich's nickname 'The Dragon Slayer', earned for his ability to stand toe-to-toe with larger competitors and defeat them based on conditioning and muscularity. Artist Kevin Murphy stated, "I was a dedicated weightlifter in my late teens and twenties as well as a huge fan of Rich Gaspari through all of those years. I consider it a great honor to be selected from all of the exceptional artists available."
"I was a dedicated weightlifter in my late teens and twenties as well as a huge fan of Rich Gaspari through all of those years."
-- Kevin Murphy, portrait artist
Following his retirement from the sport, Rich turned his attention to business. He founded Gaspari Nutrition, which has become a world-renowned supplement company fueling athletes and bodybuilders in over 80 countries. Gaspari still trains to this day, utilizing his company's trademark products like Myofusion Elite and Anavite. He has always believed in 'walking the walk', using his very own supplements to set a positive, healthy example for other fitness enthusiasts around the globe.
Last changed: Feb 09 2013 at 10:33 PMBack