February 21, 2010

The Art of Marco Cutrone

Marco Cutrone was born in the New York City area and was clearly influenced by his environment. Cutrone was brought up in a strict European household with an emphasis from his father, who taught him that you must work hard in order to succeed.

(Cutrone, Marco. Purple Daisies. oil on canvas.)

(Cutrone, Marco. White Gerberas. oil on canvas.)

Cutrone studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and then apprenticed himself to the Dutch painter, Braldt Bralds. He later worked closely with his cousin, Federico Castelluccio, who was a gifted and accomplished painter, as well as the actor. Castelluccio played “Furio Guinta” on the HBO Series, “The Sopranos”. Tony Ryder as well as his former New York School of Visual Arts Teacher, Steven Assael also influenced his work.

(Cutrone, Marco. Red Flowers. oil on canvas.)

(Cutrone, Marco. Spring Stems. oil on canvas.)

(Cutrone, Marco. Early Spring Gathering. oil on canvas.)

Cutrone’s figure drawings in graphite capture every nuance of the flesh whilst the dark background, created by several coats of graphite, furthers the stability and intrigue of the figure. Marco feels that his use of graphite is a means of releasing the life which is hidden within the blank sheets of paper.

(Cutrone, Marco. H in H. graphite on paper.)

Cutrone states that, "The subject has so much to contribute to my pieces, each drawing reflects personal insights about the subject and its maker and each reflects an understanding of our inherent and shared humanity"

(Cutrone, Marco. KT in Brown Dress. oil on canvas.)

Cutrone’s oil paintings create a dimension of realism that is inherent in all that is alive. The wonder of the miracle of creation is captured on his canvas. He paints from life and his paintings evoke emotion.

(Cutrone, Marco. Little Blue Flowers. oil on canvas.)

(Cutrone, Marco. Reposed Tulips. oil on canvas.)

The Realists movement which began in the mid-nineteenth century, seems to be alive and well in Cutrone’s work. His attention to detail is outstanding. The viewer almost feels as though they could reach out and pick one of his flowers. His paintings are so realistic they look as though they are photographs and his work is much appreciated here!

Enjoy! :)

Reference: MarcoCutrone.com