Realistic Paintings Look Like Candid Photos of Life in a Metropolis | My Modern Met

By Margherita Cole on March 27, 2022

“There’s a particular feeling you have when living in the city, and I wanted to reflect that with my painting.”

While some artists are inspired by nature, others like Vincent Giarrano prefer the urban landscape. His realistic paintings of grungy doorways, colorful corner shops, and small crowded apartments are inhabited by young female figures going about their usual routines. The seemingly effortless compositions of these corners of modern society make each canvas feels like a candid snapshot of life in the city.

Giarrano originally worked as a professional illustrator who penciled and inked for comic book companies. During this time, he lived in New York City and developed a love for the metropolis. This fascination ultimately became the foundation for his self-taught painting practice. “[My art] is primarily talking about the feeling of real-life experiences and what’s beautiful or interesting about contemporary life,” Giarrano explains to My Modern Met.[…]

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