vincent amicosante - magic realist painter
Leopard di Montalcino oil on canvas 48"X60"

Currently I am exploring the connection between the regal beauty of big cats and their continued existence in the modern world. By visually placing them in unlikely settings (all of which I have visited), I am seeking to throw their magical charm into high relief while drawing attention to the paradox that while we revere these majestic animals, our inexorable sprawl into their habitat is forcing them into extinction. This concept is most vividly drawn in the painting, Tigre di Firenze, in which the tiger is lolling against the backdrop of a graveyard behind the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte in Firenze, Italia.

©2015 Vincent Amicosante