Realist painter and former comic-book artist Vincent Giarrano divide his compositions into three categories: “people,” “places,” and “things.” New York City’s streets, cafes, apartments, and artists’ studios serve as the settings for many of his oil paintings; he has featured SoHo’s iconic iron and stone architectural facades, fashionable women on sidewalks or at home, and studied still lifes that evoke cafés, restaurants, and home kitchens. He credits his work in comics—drawing such timeless superheroes as Batman, Spiderman, and Aquaman—as helping to shape the sense of a story that characterizes his paintings. He prefers to leave his paintings open-ended and ambiguous, allowing viewers to complete each one of his vignettes with stories of their own imagination.
His work is focused on creating impressions that are about a real-life experience. “I like my paintings to resonate as sincere moments of life,” says Vincent. Quality of light is another major aspect of Vincent’s paintings. He favors cool even light, how it enhances the mood of his subjects, especially in his paintings of city life. Giarrano's New York City Series deals with the dynamic between people and their environment, as well as the interplay of classic and contemporary elements in this setting.