Dan Graziano is an award-winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. His work has been featured in numerous publications and is in the collections of private and corporate collectors throughout the world.
His artistic vision began taking shape in the 60s, during America's explosive political, cultural, and artistic awakening. His first formal training focused on advertising and illustration, but a career opportunity in architecture and urban planning altered his original direction.
When he returned to painting, he was drawn to the rich complexity of the urban landscape – inspired by Edward Hopper and other urbanist painters. As an accomplished blues guitarist (his other great passion), Dan found the city streets, time-worn buildings, and multiple layers of decay and repair a visual parallel to the spirit and culture of the music. In addition to cityscapes, his subjects can diversely range from a simple still life to rugged coastlines, small rural towns, and forgotten roadside relics. Frequently, a small fragment of a larger composition will catch his eye because of its unique geometry, or how it is magically transformed by the way light hits it.
“In my paintings, I try to capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. I continue to be intrigued by the urban landscapes of inner cities - their active streets, time-worn buildings, and multiple layers of decay, renewal, and adaptation - that proudly display the effects of age and use, which I see as testaments to strength, character, and authenticity in contrast with modern society’s demand for newness, imitation, disposability, and easy duplication. My work is influenced by the American realists such as Sargent, Hopper, and the three generations of Wyeths, along with California painters Thiebaud and Diebenkorn.”