Throughout the history of art, there has been a multitude of mediums explored among the illustrious artists in the world. Art can be defined as “the expression or application of human skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. For this particular artist, he encapsulates exactly that, as we look into Marco Grassi’s realistic paintings that will surely blow your mind.
Hailing from Italy, the 30-year-old painter already has an extensive and impressive portfolio to his name. The remarkable painter aims to emulate a human being’s dual way of living, believing “our inner side, intimate and extremely sensitive, in opposition to our interest in the appearance of things, like a vase, a pot, a shell. Beautiful and precious, but empty inside.” Marco explores a deep understanding of his subjects and effectively attempts to capture the individuals in their purest, yet most complex form.
What sets Marco apart from other renowned portrait painters of his time and of the past, are the subtle and unconventional details he applies to his characters. Combining “reality and surrealism”, he chooses to explore “human thoughts and nature in a more personal way.” Appearing as half-human, half-statues, he still manages to capture the true essence of his given subjects. Devoting several months to a single painting, he pays extreme attention and inserts surreal elements and complexities into the individuals. Marco consistently maintains a level of extreme quality, with masterful recreations of individuals that represent them in a way that encompasses the art of painting and photography cohesively.
Titled “Green Queen”, this shot captures the meticulous detail that he nails, with the defined pores and complex lip lining that appears as vivid as a high-definition photograph.
In this shot of his painting, we see more of the face as a whole, recreating the her eyes, hair, and facial structure realistically, down to the subtle freckles that the individual has.
For any doubters or disbelievers, this image captures Marco in his element, working on the outstanding portrait of the Green Queen.
Finally, we see the individual morphed into the half-human concept that he so vividly captures, adding a turquoise body art element while still capturing her humanly body form.
Titled “Empty Spaces” this painting captures a human fused with a hollow pot-like figure, aiming to depict the emptiness within the human anatomy.
This shot shows the great detail of this vision, with a close up of the hollow form, while still capturing the human form and the complexity of the skin details effectively.
Titled “La Bellezza Del Tempo”, here he paints an elderly woman in humanly form, with a subtle capture of the body art on her arm that gives her an otherworldly essence.
Closely defined, we see the floral body art that he applied to his character, while still capturing the very humanly wrinkles and age lines that this woman has.
Titled “Autocorpo”, this painting includes a male peacefully sat naked, in a human body form, however, with the addition of what appears to be a reptilian-like anatomical form that camouflages to the marble surface he’s sitting on. The defined rib cage, among other human features, and the peaceful mood of the individual is truly captured.
Here, we closely see the vision of the half-human concept, with what appears to be a chameleon-like camouflage to the marble surface beneath him. This is an interesting concept, exemplifying a human camouflaging to an inanimate object.
Titled “Blue Shawl” this painting shows a woman in her humanly form, wearing a blue shawl that seemingly resembles a dragonfly-like print. This stays true to his concept of portraying his subject as a half-human, while still remaining in a human body form.
Closely captured in this image are the details of the insect-like print, while her hair and hip lines are defined and represent her truly human form. The complex detail is remarkable and very closely shown in this image.
Titled “Virtual Reality” this piece further represents the imagination that Marco Grassi has, with what again seems like an otherworldly addition to a human being. Her facial structure and humanly body are captured precisely, however, the object on her back is what is unconventional and mysterious.
Over here, we closely see the object that is on the woman’s back, which looks something like a futuristic back-piece, perhaps that of a virtual reality like the title itself. Once again, we see the meticulous detail in the hair and skin, that is truly outstanding for a painting.
Titled “Gio B”, this piece captures a middle-aged woman who is calmly sat, in her human body form. Additionally, Marco adds the body art that he is known for, with what appears to be roses and leaves growing like a vine over her arm. The color contrast is effective and bold, and her humanly features are closely defined, much like his other subjects.
Now, we see a close up of the fine detailing of the knuckles, kneecap, and finger lines, which are absolutely impressive and appear arguably more real than a photograph would. The plants are boldly defined on her outer surface and effectively contrast the background. Marco yet again masters the detailing of the human anatomy in another outstanding representation of a half-human being.