Italian born Lorenzo Irico is a contemporary American painter and mixed-media artist.
Working within the tradition of Expressionism, Irico’s practice could be seen as a sort of open ends psychological profiling, inspired by the relationship of contemporary culture and the individual, often permeate through historical references providing atemporal and metaphorical undertones.
Lorenzo’s interest in mark-making and the gestural and tactile nature of painting has evolved over the years from tightly rendered representational imagery towards a richer and less restrained style, where texture and vibrancy of color brings additional layers of depth in his portraits and figurative works.
His background in photography and digital imaging also inform his creative process, where he usually begins a work by culling images, both found in historical archives and his own personal, meanwhile rearranging the elements of inspiration as freeze-frame shots of his own vision's memory.
Lorenzo currently lives and works between New York and New Jersey.
"The artworks of Lorenzo Irico are powerful and fiery, bold and expressive, and at the same time intimate and introspective. In decoding the perceptions of others and himself through his own work he renders psychological portraits, sometimes real sometimes fictitious. Lorenzo’s figurative paintings are the outcome of the observation of the human behavior and condition where, consciously or not, the individual identities and singularities are essential parts of a whole that set our place in history. Through the continuous exploration of the visual medium he travels along a path of self-discovery, simultaneously a reflection of contemporaneity, and our composite evolution. At times the viewer might feel this artist is as though laying the bricks of a kind of sanatorium, or setting the foundation for a shelter where art is the key for our very own metaphorical survival." Christopher G. Coleman Hoboken Arts Gallery