Victor Grasso, Cape May
"Victor's works grab your mind, spirit, senses and childhood simultaneously and immediately. It's all of Jules Verne, Tim Burton and Lucian Freud at once. It's dark and it's whimsy. It's sensual and childlike. Andrew Wyeth with fisherman's muscles. It's a jocular and hallowed family. It's based in reality, but vivid with alternate universes suffused with reverence for the body. There is juxtaposition of the beauty and noir that inhabit recesses of our minds."
"Objects, people, events, contexts that should not exist together nor imagined to our eyes are evident on the screen of Victor's mind duplicated in oils. He rediscovers the ochre, blacks and whites of the past and reimagines the future. Panoramas, wind blown skeletonized trees; seascapes, octopi and bald men. Kitchens filled with zoo creatures and creatures of the deep. His models are the village and family -- never more flattering or at risk, and bravely exposed." -Dr. Jacob J. Steinberg, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Professor, Dept of Pathology
To be photographed by: Susan Gietka