Born in New York in 1951, Adriano
Manocchia received his Bachelors Degree from Pace University in New
York City. After graduating, Adriano spent twelve years as a
photojournalist traveling the world to cover news events. In 1984, he
turned his attention to painting, adopting the painting techniques of
the Old Masters and quickly received the attention of major
collectors and art critics worldwide. A number of awards and special
projects marked his recognition in the traditional art field as a
foremost contemporary artist. For a number of years he has also
enjoyed his role as an art professor at Long Island University.
Andriano says, "There is little doubt that I'm a visual
person. I greatly admire, almost envy, the exquisite written word and
those that have command of it. But I'm drawn to painting. There was
no one particular person or event that started me down this path, no
sudden epiphany that told me that I should paint. I just found myself
on this road one day and took the journey. I have no regrets,
considering the frustrations. But then if art was not filled with
frustrations, it would not be art.
My paintings are my emotions; I
paint what attracts me. And it is that incessant search for the
visually stimulating that makes this voyage exciting. There is little
more powerful to me than a sunset or a sunrise that bathes the
landscape, nothing more pleasing than reflections on a stretch of
winding river. Those are the images that become my art.
While painting places I've
observed, I enhance my images through compositional means, bringing
them closer to ideals upheld in a bygone age of painting. I often
elongate my horizontal canvas trying to establish small panoramas
that enclose the viewer in the quietude of scene.
I paint landscapes that have come from
encounters with nature, trying not to make the paintings seem ideal.
The light in my work has a photographic but painterly quality to it.
I leave the complexity of life behind
in my work. I'm perhaps searching for a time now long gone in our
world. If I can transpose these emotions in a painting, I've
accomplished what I set out to do."