Marco Grassi Aspen Art Gallery


Marco Grassi was born in Milan in 1966. He studied at the Liceo Artistico B. Luini in Canuto and graduated with a degree in architecture in Milan. Today he lives and works in Mariano Comense.

For the past ten years Grassi has been faithful to the figurative style of his work, never allowing this to become an object of fashion or satisfying only a momentary taste. His language and subjects have remained constant and connected to his sense of vision and to the taste of his complex sensitivity. He depicts the fashionable female figure, dynamic color combinations, and a use of lacquering. Subjects have unjustly labeled him a contemporary Pop artist, but where Pop today stands for glamour – all sequins and shine, the dimensions of Grassi’s work extend beyond the fashionable.

Grassi’s subjects are delicate and attractive, but also energetic and resolute with constant attention to the form, subject, and his color techniques.

His paintings are framed in series – though not in accordance to the canonical sense of this term – which feel the specificity of the moment in which they are painted. They speak quietly of Grassi’s mood, his time, story, and out look of the world.

Grassi’s subjects are masked in some way, actors and figures, caught in the intense foreground, they tell of events starting from those encrypted by their creator, marked with their expressions, moments which can be traced back to the situations experienced by each viewer. Subject and viewer meet and play the game of their glances.

Regarding the technique, a relevant novelty can be observed. Grassi renounces an element which up until now was a decisive part of the architecture of every part of his work. In his most recent works we witness a complete absence of design: the sure and confident stroke with which he traced outer anatomic lines, showing stability in the whole of the figure, compared to a choice of bold colors which transforms and breaks down under the effect of the spatula and drippings, is less obvious. The figure loses the factor of certainty and sureness, a base which permits it to integrate itself completely in the complex weave of color, now depicted in a more decisive background and efficiently connected to the expression of faces and the intensity of their silence.