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277 5th Avenue Drawing

Mary Cinque


Drawing, Oil Pastel on Paper

Size: 16.5 W x 23.4 H x 0 D in

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A new artwork inspired by New York City after my last trip there in October 2022. The city is very dear to me as, since the first time I visited it I felt at home; this surely has to do with me being an Italian growing up in the Eighties and Nineties, watching American movies and listening to Anglophone music; but I also like to think there is a deeper connection with the city, maybe because my paternal grandfather spent most of his life there and will always longing to be back there. I like to capture a moment in time, focussing on a person, their outfits, and the tiny details that surround them: being the buildings, the trees, the trucks, the signage. I love how there are random spots of warm hues like reds and pinks here: from the man's shirt, to the truck, to the writing on the street due to works in progress. After finishing the artwork I went on google maps to try and find where I took the photograph and realise is in Nomad (North of Madison Avenue), and the building on the right-hand side (which gives the title to the artwork) is 277 5th ave. The reflections of the architectures opposite is so fascinating, I love to depict reflecting surfaces where one cannot really know what one is looking at: the real thing or just reflections. I hope this artwork will transport you to NYC, a city full of beauty and excitement at every corner (this statement of mine bring back memories of one of my favourite authors: Francis Scott Fitzgerald) . This, like all the artworks from this series, has been treated with three layers of fixative spray, nonetheless I advise to promptly frame it with a glass to protect it from the dust. Agerola, 12th June 2023

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Drawing:Oil Pastel on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:16.5 W x 23.4 H x 0 D in

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"Mary Cinque is an Italian painter, graphic designer and blogger working and living in the Amalfi Coast. Her works – joyful, bright, colourful painting and drawings – are inspired by this place, as well as her heritage, background and travels. Mary spent her childhood between Italy and Ethiopia. Before moving back to the Amalfi Coast in 2019, she has lived in Naples and Milan, where she attended academies of fine art; and Philadelphia, New York and London where she improved her artistic skills and style. Alongside making art, she works as an illustrator and graphic designer, collaborating with selected brands, working on artistic commissions such as illustrations, labels and showroom design. Cinque’s art develops themes connected with what makes us essentially humans: our habitat – the buildings, the streets, the cities – our bodies, what we eat and how we socialise. Art, in Mary’s paintings, becomes a powerful instrument of philosophical investigation which reveals who we really are by questioning our habits, observing those characteristic traits we share as a species, often without realising it. The artist looks at human beings from a different perspective, making interesting and significant what can seem normal or banal to us in our everyday life: the buildings that populate our cities, the streets we walk, people sitting across our table at a café, strangers on the bus. In this nutshell interview by Giulia Corti, Mary Cinque explores some of the most relevant aspects of her art and reflects on how it offers an intriguing and informative perspective about the way we live as human animals. Mary, your art is colourful and vivid, it mixes human and urban subjects by making use of various techniques (oil painting; pastel drawing, markers, “digital” drawing, print-making etc.) and materials (canvasses, magazine pages, an I-pad screen). How do you choose the means with which to develop an artwork and how do the different materials and techniques influence what you want to convey, if they do? Different subjects call for different techniques. Buildings and urbanscape are always acrylic on canvas, while I prefer to depict people using a quicker, immediate approach, like the one that I can get with markers and oil pastels or digital painting. By looking at the main themes of your art, it is possible to notice what seems to be a tension. On one hand, you portrayed the stillness and artificiality of urban landscapes and buildings (e.g.

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