Realism meets surrealism in the intense and striking female portraits of Marco Grassi. His work brings together elements of pure decoration with unexpected and bright colour combinations and lacquering, which has led some commentators to label him as a pop artist. However, Marco has never allowed his works to become objects of fashion with only a fleeting relevance to time and place. Rather, each highly personal image is created as a tribute to the particular identity of his subject in the specific moment in which she is painted. With each portrait he seeks to captivate the viewer by creating a profound but silent dialogue between them and the woman in the painting.
Marco’s distinctive figures are delicate but they have a determination and energy to them which is partly due to his bold and distinctive palette. Until recently his style was defined by decisive brushstrokes used to outline each form and bring stability to the composition, but he is now exploring the ideas of uncertainty, blurring the boundaries and allowing the figures to integrate themselves fully with the complex weave of colour and shape.