I create contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas in a style using abstract and figurative elements of shape and color to stimulate thoughts of archetypal memories and mythical ideas articulating a contemplative magical vision.
Biography: Frank Messa's paintings manifest to the canvas from within his sub-conscious by his use of color, myth and symbolism. His painted shapes metamorphose from one form to the next, in a world that hovers on the threshold of recognizability. Figurative elements dance with abstract forms, prompting a search for meaning. His images bring to the viewer, mystery, stories and contemplative thoughts about the experiences of Life. Messa was born in upstate New York. He received his BA and MFA from the University of California Long Beach. After graduation, he traveled to England to studied early religious Art at several old Monasteries. In 1975, he traveled the Greek mainland and Islands with a permit granted by the museum of Athens to study and paint the wonders of Greek historic Art. Messa later traveled to India and Nepal studying 16th to 18th century Hindu paintings, Tibetan Tankas and early bronze sculpture. In Jaipur India, at Kripal Singh’s studio, he learned 18th century Jain techniques for making ground pigment from natural minerals, stones and gold. This experience led him to the study of Acrylic paint, which has been his main painting medium since 1983.
Country: United States
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