James Massacci’s paradoxical life has led to the creation of thought-provoking, diverse paintings for which he has become known. His art spans from the whimsical, yet head-tilting, modernization of antique photographs, to remarkable paint-splattered portraits, to viral, controversial pieces that have resulted in death threats.
James grew up beneath pallid skies that settled upon an anemic skyline of steel mills and abandoned buildings – once a birthplace of American dreams. The starkness of Warren, Ohio, didn’t breed or mold imaginations, and yet he somehow found a way out of that bleak landscape and onto a canvas full of color and line-crossing content.
Now based in Florida, his work has been showcased in galleries across the country and purchased for private collections.