Vincent Amicosante’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, including The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA, The Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA, the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, MA, the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA, and is currently represented by Orleans Modern Art, Orleans, MA. Vincent participated in the 2009 Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. Trained at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, he has established a reputation as a magic realist painter. His paintings rearrange familiar, even banal, themes, becoming enigmatic. His painted world is one of the staged metaphors–sofas and chairs combined in unexpected locations, figures and fruit combined for their sexuality.
Continuing his exploration of the connection between butterflies and bees and their existence in the modern world, he has decided to transform the figure into a butterfly nymph and combine it with flowers they pollinate and vintage seed packages. By doing so, he aims to highlight the magical charm of these majestic insects while also drawing attention to the paradox that we simultaneously revere them and force them into extinction through our inexorable sprawl into their habitat.
He has lived in California and traveled to Italy; these places’ influence is evident in his work.
Personal stories and long-held ideals have always been a focus of my art; this often translates into the incorporation of ordinary, everyday objects that hold symbolic meaning for me: teapots, cups, tricycles, and fruit. I compile a collage using photographs and drawings to see how these objects relate to the figures or animals that are the subjects of my paintings. From that collage, I make a drawing to scale and transfer that to the canvas or panel.
After 46 years of being committed to this elaborate, time-consuming method, I realize it is an essential part of my ‘language’ as an artist. The process of conceptualizing, collaging, and transferring the resulting composition is as fulfilling as completing the finished piece. The resultant painting bears a unique identity; a stamp, almost, that would be impossible to reproduce in quite the same way.