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Vincent Desiderio

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Oil painting of paint box next to a sleeping child by Vincent Desiderio.

Child with Paint Box, 2019

oil on canvas 
27 3/4 x 34 1/2 in. / 70.5 x 87.6 cm 

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Oil painting of two figures looking down upon a precipice.

Precipice, 2019 
oil on canvas 
46 x 44 1/2 in. / 116.8 x 113 cm 

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Oil painting of shadowy figures dancing on the theater stage.

Theater, 2017

oil on canvas

67 x 84 in. / 170.2 x 213.4 cm

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Oil painting of many half-nude figures sitting on rock that resembles a brain.

Brain Rock, 2013

oil and mixed media on canvas mounted on board

78 1/2 x 124.4 in. / 199.4 x 315.6 cm

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Oil painting of ship mast on the horizon by Vincent Desiderio.

Horizon, 2011

oil and mixed media on board

66 x 48 in. / 167.6 x 121.9 cm

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Oil painting of pale figure sneering their teeth with no eyes by Vincent Desiderio.

Dumb Mouths, 2011

oil on mixed media on board

60 x 48 in. / 152.4 x 121.9 cm

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Oil painting of a laughing woman in a black dress by Vincent Desiderio.

Laughing Woman, 2010

oil on paper on prepared board

64 x 48 in. / 162.6 x 121.9 cm

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Oil painting of woman lying on edge of bed with throat slit.

Aftermath, 2009

oil on paper

8 x 10 in. / 20.3 x 25.4 cm

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Oil painting of young child asleep in round chair.

Lily in a Round Chair, 2008

oil on linen

45 1/2 x 57 1/8 in. / 115.6 x 145.1 cm

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Oil painting of three pigs hanging by Vincent Desiderio.

Pigs, 2006

oil on linen

67 1/4 x 47 in. / 170.8 x 119.4 cm

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Triptych of oil paintings depicting a man laying atop books, a naked woman, and the skeletal x-ray of an infant by Vincent Desiderio.

Academy, 2001

oil on canvas

left panel: 46 x 32 in. / 116.8 x 81.3 cm

center panel: 46 x 24 in. / 116.8 x 61.1 cm

right panel: 46 x 32 in. / 116.8 x 81.3 cm

overall: 46 x 88 in. / 116.8 x 223.5 cm

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Oil painting of man in straight jacket on floral couch by Vincent Desiderio.

Rapture, 1990

oil on panel

52 x 52 in. / 132.1 x 132.1 cm

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Oil painting of paint box next to a sleeping child by Vincent Desiderio.

Child with Paint Box, 2019

oil on canvas 
27 3/4 x 34 1/2 in. / 70.5 x 87.6 cm 

Oil painting of two figures looking down upon a precipice.

Precipice, 2019 
oil on canvas 
46 x 44 1/2 in. / 116.8 x 113 cm 

Oil painting of shadowy figures dancing on the theater stage.

Theater, 2017

oil on canvas

67 x 84 in. / 170.2 x 213.4 cm

Oil painting of many half-nude figures sitting on rock that resembles a brain.

Brain Rock, 2013

oil and mixed media on canvas mounted on board

78 1/2 x 124.4 in. / 199.4 x 315.6 cm

Oil painting of ship mast on the horizon by Vincent Desiderio.

Horizon, 2011

oil and mixed media on board

66 x 48 in. / 167.6 x 121.9 cm

Oil painting of pale figure sneering their teeth with no eyes by Vincent Desiderio.

Dumb Mouths, 2011

oil on mixed media on board

60 x 48 in. / 152.4 x 121.9 cm

Oil painting of a laughing woman in a black dress by Vincent Desiderio.

Laughing Woman, 2010

oil on paper on prepared board

64 x 48 in. / 162.6 x 121.9 cm

Oil painting of woman lying on edge of bed with throat slit.

Aftermath, 2009

oil on paper

8 x 10 in. / 20.3 x 25.4 cm

Oil painting of young child asleep in round chair.

Lily in a Round Chair, 2008

oil on linen

45 1/2 x 57 1/8 in. / 115.6 x 145.1 cm

Oil painting of three pigs hanging by Vincent Desiderio.

Pigs, 2006

oil on linen

67 1/4 x 47 in. / 170.8 x 119.4 cm

Triptych of oil paintings depicting a man laying atop books, a naked woman, and the skeletal x-ray of an infant by Vincent Desiderio.

Academy, 2001

oil on canvas

left panel: 46 x 32 in. / 116.8 x 81.3 cm

center panel: 46 x 24 in. / 116.8 x 61.1 cm

right panel: 46 x 32 in. / 116.8 x 81.3 cm

overall: 46 x 88 in. / 116.8 x 223.5 cm

Oil painting of man in straight jacket on floral couch by Vincent Desiderio.

Rapture, 1990

oil on panel

52 x 52 in. / 132.1 x 132.1 cm

Color photographic portrait of Vincent Desiderio outside

Vincent Desiderio.

About

Born in 1955, Vincent Desiderio grew up in Media, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He graduated from Haverford College and later attended the Fine Art Academy in Florence, Italy, followed by four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Desiderio has received several grants and painting awards, among which are the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the National Endowment for the Arts Painting Grant in 1987. He was the first American to receive the Grand Prize of S.A.S. Prince Ranier III, Thirtieth Annual Show of Contemporary Art in Monte-Carlo, Monaco in 1996. In 2008, Desiderio was invited to be artist in residence at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and in 2013 he was visiting professor at Tianjin Academy in Tianjin, China. 

Desiderio's work can be found in many important public collections, including: The Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Galerie Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2005, D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers published a monograph devoted to his work, titled Vincent Desiderio: Paintings 1975-2005, which included texts by Mia Fineman, Donald Kuspit, Barry Schwabsky and Lawrence Weschler. The artist lives and works in Westchester County, New York.

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