John Grande
John Grande

John Grande was born in 1969 in Huntington, Long Island and received his BFA in Fine Art Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. After graduating Grande moved to New York City to work as a professional C Printer at several high end photo labs prior to committing full-time as a photo realistic based artist.

During this time in photo labs, John printed for such high end fashion, music and fine art photographers as Mick Rock, Miles Aldrich, Jack Pearson, Anne Liebovitz, Marc Baptiste, Giles Bensimon and Jerry Schatzberg to name a few. This experience highly influenced his personal work by allowing him to closely study their compositions and visual techniques for creating successful images.

Grande uses the technique of photo realistic painting, presenting a contemporary and visual dialogue that constantly searches for different ways of solving contextual problems and ideas. His current work is explores cultural iconography, deriving from pop, contemporary and retro culture. By referencing branding symbols, advertising logos, celebrity and phrases, John is able to integrate them together and transform their original context while still relying on their visual familiarity.

As the artist himself says, “my art comes from the history of art and the culture of our times. With these works I was interested in building paintings that are derived out of today’s overwhelming multimedia world and, add to the vocabulary of art.”

John Grande has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world and has been featured in such publications as ArtNews and the New York Times.
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