Pietro Adamo

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The paintings of Pietro Adamo 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 textured surfaces and rough contours. As a result, Adamo creates beautiful pop-culture graffiti abstracts.

The artist begins each piece by creating the texture of the work, and then layers the acrylic ground color on top. Using 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. The artist sands the work, paints an additional color layer with oil veneers, washes, or conte crayons, and then sands again.

Pietro Adamo was born in Toronto, Canada in 1955. After graduation from the University of Toronto and Sheridan, he took a position teaching art at Chaminade College School in Toronto. While there, Adamo helped establish a strong visual arts department, one which saw many of his students go on to become prominent architects, designers, illustrators and fine artists.

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 his extended stays, Adamo explores monumental art and architecture as well as the simple rural landscape. Adamo’s career as an artist has been a journey of continuous exploration and growth. His paper, wood and canvas have a large following. He has also released a highly successful series of hand pulled prints and posters, as well as bas-relief sculptures. Today his works can be found in galleries and collections worldwide.

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