"Personal stories and long-held ideals have always been a focus of my art; this often translates into the incorporation of ordinary, everyday objects that hold symbolic meanings."
Vincent Amicosante’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, including The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, MA. He is a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA. Vincent participated in the 2009 Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. Trained at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, he has established a reputation as a magic realist painter.
In Amicosante's paintings familiar, even banal themes are rearranged, becoming enigmatic. His painted world is one of staged metaphors- sofas and chairs combined in unexpected locations, figures and fruit combined for their sexuality. He has lived in California and traveled to Italy and the influence of these places are evident in his work. Vincent Amicosante is represented by Orleans Modern Art, Orleans, MA.
"Personal stories and long-held ideals have always been a focus of my art; this often translates into the incorporation of ordinary, everyday objects that hold symbolic meaning for me: teapots, cups, tricycles, and fruit. I compile a collage using photographs and drawings to see how these objects relate to the figures or animals that are the subjects of my paintings. From that collage, I make a drawing to scale and transfer that to the canvas or panel.
After 46 years of being committed to this elaborate, time-consuming method, I realize it is an essential part of my ‘language’ as an artist. The process of conceptualizing, collaging and transferring the resulting composition is as fulfilling as completing the finished piece. The resultant painting bears a unique identity; a stamp, almost, that would be impossible to reproduce in quite the same way."
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