MARCO GRASSI_Milan, 1966
Born in Milan in 1966, Marco Grassi studied architecture at the Liceo Artistico B. Luini. His works belong to numerous private and public collections in Europe, the United States and Canada. He lives and works in Mariano Comense, Italy.
The human form is at the center of Marco Grassi’s artistic practice. Renown for his seductive depictions of women, Marco Grassi’s models are delicate and determined at once. His portraits, suffused with vibrant colours, carry a complex sensibility. Devoting himself to portraiture, Marco Grassi succeeds in challenging the typical standards of this genre through abstract colour play and directional composition.
The artist forgoes preparatory sketches, choosing to apply his pigments directly on the canvas with a palette knife. In doing so, Marco Grassi allows the medium to define itself, honouring its texture and character. In his recent works, backgrounds tend to gradually integrate themselves with the subject, softly blending the frenetic edges created by the palette knife. Marco Grassi’s style is defined by his layered work, each strata of colour holding a unique energy and significance. The onlooker is invited to penetrate these layers to discover the emotional complexity of the artist’s subjects. His female nudes are provocative and inviting, distinguishing themselves from traditional figure studies.