Vincent Mastracco was a leading exponent of the abstract expressionalist school. William Zimmer, reviewing Mastracco's work in the NY Times in 1993, referred to Mastracco as a "second-generation abstract expressionist." In placing Mastracco in that art historical context, the writer is lauding Mastracco's use of a style void of subject matter that relies on formal elements of painting- principally color and shape. Mastracco was bron in Rome, New York, and was a graduate of the University of Miami. He earned his MFA in painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. he also studied at NYU and at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. He completed "Riverbend" in the latter. Influenced by many styles, including illusionism and romanticism, Mastracco paid careful attention to rhythm and repetition in his work. Of "Riverband"
the artist said the piece referenced "scenes of deep forests" filled with tall trees without any branches. Working with spackling knives, masking tape, and his own fingers an dthumbs in addition to brushes, Mastracco used to boadt it would take nearly six months for a single canvas to dry.
|Dimensions||W-76 L-76 inches|