Henry Asencio (American, b. 1971) - A Contemporary painter, Avant-garde in execution, his work blends the classical ideals of figurative painting with a unique, contemporary style revered in his art. Asencio seeks to portray his female figures as strong and contemplative. Henry Asencio paints his impressionistic/expressionistic original oil paintings and mixed media limited edition Giclees on canvas. Women, life, experience and nature inspire Asencio. Henry Asencio works from live models as well as photos. Unique to Asencios’ mysterious style, his work could portray any woman leading the viewer to interpret them in various ways. His abstract and energetic backgrounds make the figure pop off the canvas. Read More
"I want people to feel what I am doing - not just see what I am painting."
Asencio is emerging as one of the most intriguing young artists working today. The artist states, "Painting for me is very cathartic and is the most articulate way for me to express my passion and internal dialogues." Merging introspection and visual spectacle, Asencio's personal investigations of femininity, spirituality and abstraction possess the power to transform today's ideals of elegance and contemporary sensuality.
In 1996, Henry Asencio was sponsored by art supply company Thayer and Chandler, which resulted in exposure in exhibitions as far as Germany and Paris. In 1998, Henry Asencio's work was recognized in an art competition in Amsterdam, where he earned the prestige of being a first-time artist dually awarded with gold and silver medals in two separate divisions: self-portraiture in oils and work in acrylic medium. Excellent in his chosen discipline, Henry Asencio graduated with honors from the San Francisco Art Academy in 1999. Henry Asencio was even a chosen finalist in The Artist's Magazine competition that same year, again for his work in portraiture.
Asencio proclaims an admiration for artists who have chosen their own path, those who are inspired to follow their muse. And it is this path that he has chosen for himself as a fine artist. Inspired by the works of British artist Lucien Freud, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Asencio claims, "his work of the flesh is unsurpassed". He is also motivated by the "unbelievable vision, work ethic and unrelenting passion" of Pablo Picasso. Other notable inspirations include Wilhem de Kooning for, "making every stroke of the brush different" and Gustav Klimt for, "making decorative painting with integrity".
“Abstract expressionism” or “abstract realism”, Asencio's work cannot be categorized by style or semantics. His open brushwork, sweeping color, use of texture and precise drawing has resulted in a body of work that has earned him international accolades.
Asencio's work is influenced by themes of transformation and spontaneous beauty and has fast become the artist's hallmark in creating the excitement of his masterful works of art. His artwork combines figurative drama with spontaneous abstract backgrounds. His signature use of color, form, and texture coalesce to reveal a contemporary dialogue between the material and the spiritual--the artist, his subject and his subconscious visions derived therein. Agitated by extreme texture and intentional use of color, Henry Asencio unravels an unspoken narrative replete with seemingly incongruent, yet harmonious ideals of quietude and fascinations of that, which intensifies the moment.
Using life as a vehicle to produce his art, Asencio's work translates an impulse into his own reality on canvas and other surfaces. He has recently begun to paint on board, as the surface is more resilient to his aggressive paint style. The artist prefers to work in oil as "nothing compares to the richness and workability of the oil medium and it fits my technique perfectly." He frequently works with live models or photographs. He will begin a painting with a gesture drawing and then begin to mix color and apply the paint according to his temperament. Asencio applies the thick paint with a palette knife thereby transforming a traditional painting into one possessing his "cutting edge signature style".
A native of California, today the artist lives and works in his studio near San Jose, north of his birthplace of Los Angeles.