Self Portrait, 8.5x11, Sharpie Marker on Paper

Recently, Ron Piccirillo made world headlines, including coverage on The Today Show, The Sun Newspaper, and a live interview on Talk Radio Europe in Spain, with his discoveries of hidden animal symbols found in Leonardo’s Mona Lisa painting and other Renaissance art.

Piccirillo only began painting a few years ago, but has been an artist his whole life. Finding a passion in painting that never before existed, he has found new visions through his oil paints. His illustrative style can be described with a combination of impressionistic and often dramatic paint strokes that engage the viewer. His use of vibrant, warm pigments pushed up against rich, cold colors create dramatic compositions in what would usually be a simple and calm work of art.

For Piccirillo, composition is only the starting point of his canvas. The interest of texture, color, and contrast seem to take hold of his works and his natural talent for painting is undeniable. The subject matter is only a reason for him to lay down paint since he is mostly interested in the feeling of the piece. Piccirillo’s influence derives, but is not limited to Cézanne, De Kooning and even Picasso. Other inspirations include Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

To best understand Piccirillo’s paintings, one must first view his works from a distance, as if approaching the painting from the opposite end of the room, and then noticing how the impressionistic state becomes more influential as you get closer. The focus changes from the subject to the interesting paint strokes that seem to dance in motion—many times with an impasto technique.

Piccirillo lives in Rochester, NY and has worked as a graphic designer for nearly the last 20 years. He studied fine arts & graphic design at Monroe Community College and the Rochester Institute of Technology and has dedicated the past few years of his life to painting, honing his craft and studying techniques of the masters associated with the periods in art about which he is most interested.

Piccirillo is currently working on a book that details his Renaissance discoveries and states to have solved the 500 year old mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting, including her true identity.

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