Ernesto A. Amaranto MD
Ernesto Amaranto is an Associate Professor
of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine
Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School. His
interest in art dates back to high school
when he was chosen as the class "artist"
assigned to draw on the black board the
needed illustrations of the day's biology
lesson. His plans to pursue a career in
art were cut short when his father decided
that he should become the first physician
in the family. Amaranto's interest in art
was completely submerged during his medical
school years. Through the encouragement of his
girlfriend Marian, who is now his wife,
his interest in art was rekindled and he
decided to enroll in a basic art class
offered privately by one of the art teachers
at the new School in New York City.
More significant was the influence of his
cousin, Jose Trinidad, an accomplished and
successful artist in Canada who challenged
him to follow through with his love of art
and painting. In spite of the time constraints
from the demands of his work at the university
and his busy private practice, Amaranto has
found time to follow his first love, art.
He wishes he had more time to do so.