Frank Sunseri

After making sculptures for thirty years (and a few trips to the Louvre in Paris and the Uffizi in Florence), I was intrigued by the challenge of making illusions of 3-dimensional forms in paint. Now, painting from life, I portray simple forms under dramatic lighting in a chiaroscuro style.

My medium is traditional slow-drying oil paint applied in an alla-prima method. Other than finding the composition, my painting is more of a craft than an art. I am simply trying to paint what my eyes see without using any photo references. Unlike stone carving, which deals with gravity and balances and other physical realities, painting is creating a ‘magical illusion’ to make the viewers believe that they see something other than just paint. …I love that! —Frank Sunseri


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