About Us




The Maritime Arts Gallery is owned and directed by Michael Florio, a leading historian and authority on marine art and antiques for over thirty years. As Director of Quester Gallery of Greenwich and Stonington, Connecticut, Michael Florio has helped create and curate hundreds of important marine art collections and has placed important works in many fine institutions including:

  • The MET- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • The William Koch Collection
  • The Glen Foster Collection
  • The Kriegstein Collection
  • The Rudy Schaefer Collection
  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • South Street Seaport Museum
  • The United States Department of Defense 
  • The West Point Academy Museum
  • The United States Naval Museum, Annapolis
  • The United States Coast Guard Museum
  • The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England
  • The Essex Peabody Museum
  • The Minnesota Maritime Art Museum
  • The Peter Tillou Collection
  • The Museum of the City of New York
  • The William Guthman Collection
  • The Peter Tuite Collection
  • The New York Yacht Club
  • The American Yacht Club
  • The Herreshoff Museum
  • The Museum of Yachting 
  • The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA
  • The Newport, RI Free Library
  • and many others

In addition, Michael Florio holds many World Record prices for important marine painters such as James E. Buttersworth, Antonio Jacobson, Jack Gray, Reynolds Beal, John Stobart and others.  

Earlier in his career and always drawn to the water, Michael as a member of the New York Athletic Club, achieved nine US National Rowing Championships in the single scull and achieved 1st place, single scull, in the Head of the Charles Regatta, The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, the Head of the Connecticut Regatta and a Gold Medal at the Olympic Sports Festival.

Following his Rowing activities, Michael Florio, as a member of the New York Yacht Club, spent many rewarding years sailing traditional gaff-rigged schooners, catboats and friendship sloops owning and maintaining each type while studying maritime art and history. 

Today, in addition to his maritime activities, Michael Florio has specialized and is a scholar in the following fields; Vintage Ferrari, Motorsports and Automobilia history, Antique Arms and Armor, Railroad history and collecting, and is an architectural historian with a focus on Early English Architecture, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Architecture and finally Early Military Architecture. As an Architectural Designer, Michael has numerous credits to his name and is currently working on an early English Manor House project.  Michael Florio resides with his three daughters in coastal Rowayton, Connecticut.