Kenneth James Malagiere was born and raised in New Jersey in 1983 and developed a profound passion for fine art as a young adult and into his professional career. He completed his first work on canvas while studying abroad at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England in 2003.
Inspired by the impressionist movement, his style most resembles work of this genre with a decidedly personal approach. Kenneth James draws inspiration for his subject matter primarily from various landscapes, seascapes, beaches, riverscapes, forests, fields and architecture. He has produced a large volume of watercolours, prints and oil paintings, and is most known for his unaltered picturesque portrayal of nature on canvas.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Farleigh Dickinson University in 2005 with a degree in Political Science, Kenneth became the Founding Partner of the James Joseph Group, Inc. where he honed his skills as a fine artist to develop a niche in the floral design industry. Today, Kenneth leads the team at Narcissus, a wedding and event florist in Ocean County, New Jersey. Narcissus has since been named the “Brides Choice Award Winner” for the NJ Region by the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for the last six years in a row.
Kenneth currently resides in Toms River and continues his work as an artist, business owner and concerned citizen while annually completing many commissioned works of art. Most recently, the American Cancer Society/NJ Shore named Kenneth the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2013. He also received the “Young Altruistic Professional Award” by the United Way of Ocean County in 2012.
Kenneth also serves as President of the Board of The Garden State Philharmonic, and holds board positions on The Wroxton College Advisory Council of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ocean County College Foundation, The Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, and The Jersey Shore Business Network Inc. He is also an Honorary Commander of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst, and a member of the SAF Society of American Florists and the Kiwanis International Toms River Day Break.