Pietro Adamo (Canadian, b. 1955) has a breadth of style consisting of abstract paintings, contemporary landscapes and figurative works of art. His collections are a celebration of the artist’s admiration for the unpredictable and inexhaustible record of life. He abandons the conventional renderings of geometric forms through his collage-textured surfaces and rough contours seen on his original mixed media and original oil paintings. Read More
Pietro Adamo enrolled in the Fine Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. After graduation, he took a position teaching art at the Chaminade College School in Toronto. While there, he helped establish a strong visual arts department, which developed many of his students to become prominent architects, designers, illustrators and fine artists. During his two decades of teaching, Adamo continued to paint and, in that time, executed several private and public commissions of his work.
Pietro Adamo draws influence from artists of all periods and from the world around him. Travel is an important source of inspiration, especially trips to Italy, his ancestral homeland. During these extended stays, Adamo is able to explore monumental art and architecture as well as the small details of the rural landscape.
Adamo uses modeling pastes and various gel mediums combined with silica sand to create the unique textured qualities within his pieces. He has, at times, even incorporated a stucco plaster. He begins by creating the texture of the work, and then layers the acrylic ground color on top. He sands the work, paints an additional color layer, and then sands again. He uses conte crayons and different oil veneers and washes for highlight and accents. His figurative work is deliberate and tedious at times, the color sophisticated and passionate. This classic mixed-media combination results in wonderfully fresh work that takes inspiration from the paintings of Andy Warhol. “In a nod to the great Warhol, I use repetition of imagery as well as color to create and alter mood.”
Adamo has a lasting fascination with architecture and his camera is always ready. Adamo shoots inspiring buildings and other structures. He then makes silk screens from details of his favorites and weaves them into his compositions as a substructure for the painting or they are layered into the fabric of his surfaces.
To Pietro Adamo, art is ultimately about expression. It is his way of liberating all his ideas and feelings. To realize this expression, he has developed the careful and sophisticated language of his original paintings. “I am once again reminded of the delicate balance of all things great and small. Color and texture from nature and simple iconography from my ancestry combine to form the language of my art.”
Adamo’s career as an artist has been a journey of continuous exploration and growth. His paintings on paper and canvas have a constant audience. He has also released a highly successful series of hand-pulled prints and posters. Today his works can be found in fine art galleries throughout the world.