The paintings of Victor Grasso are both surreal and ordinary, erotic and innocent, eerie and filled with light. Based in Cape May, New Jersey, Grassoâ€™s work is heavily influenced by the sea, one of his principal muses. One of the many things that makes Grasso so fascinating as a contemporary painterâ€”in addition to the complex unconscious worlds he uncoversâ€”is his mastery of old Renaissance painting techniques: specifically, chiaroscuro and sfumato. Thematically, his work centers on an appreciation of nature and humanityâ€™s participation within it; he experiments with â€śform and void,â€ť adorning his subjects with sea life and contrasting their materiality and sensuality with vast and empty backdrops. â€śI think life is full of quirkiness and odd things that most people donâ€™t see,â€ť he explains in a fascinating interview with Beautiful.Bizarre. â€śCall it wonder or imagination but life is much more beautiful when itâ€™s bizarre.â€ť We agree. Visit Grasso’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to follow his fascinating and ageless work.
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