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Lived/Active: California      Known for: Neo-Expressionist painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography, written by Jim Stephens, was submitted by the artist, September 2012:

Frank Miscione, Neo-Expressionist

Frank Miscione is new to the art world but not new to art. From early childhood when his artist mother put pen, pencil and oil brushes in his hand, Frank has explored his inner vision, trying to nurture a love for creating images, a desire for serenity and beauty, and a truthful rendition of the emotions he has experienced in his travels around the world. An artist must have, or develop, a way of experiencing that drives them to the outer edge where everything is out of kilter. The artist must then miraculously find a way to establish balance and harmony, emerge on top and steadily surf the wave to shore.

By such standards, Frank Miscione is every ounce and artist, an artist of his time. If you are open to a depth of emotional and artistic experience, time spent influenced by Frank's work will ennoble your spirits. I have had the pleasure of Frank loaning me six of his works, hanging them along side my own paintings for a period of eight months. I enjoyed a voyage across the oceans of the world and the healing power of his art, both of which reflect the hidden image and subliminal power of his work.

Allow me to describe briefly how Franks personal voyage is unique and his work laden with subtle power by simply providing you with several short word pictures of Franks personal history. By the time Frank entered U.C. Santa Barbara in 1980, he was a budding graphic artist, having spent a great part of his youth drawing the images his youthful muse revealed to him. Caravaggio, one of his mentors from history, introduced to him by his mother, provided him with some of his earliest art experiences. Carraviggio was seen as rebellious and dangerous by his peers, brawling often and even killing a young man during a brawl. His art was another matter. For Frank Carraviggio unlocked the secrets of chiaroscuro, freeing him forever from the fear of placing an image on paper and in near perfect perspective.

Equally he learned from Caravaggio, the secret hidden dimension of projected space where color and perspective often hurl the image off the canvas almost overwhelming the viewers eye while his spiritual power sublimely elevates the soul. Growing up in a working class environment, Frank had been tutored to draw and paint for pleasure but to aspire to a gainful profession for the sake of family. Strong and hardworking Italian family values hard to defy, Frank enrolled in the Chemical Engineering Department. As irony would have it, that department at that time was located within the Art Department, where Frank increasingly became absorbed in art and the shared experiences of artist peers. Several influences coalesced there, his new profession, his love of art, his love of the sea and his devotion to his fellow man.

With regard to his "profession", Frank gradually pushed his chemical engineering degree toward civil engineering where the graphic image became part and parcel of the projects he managed. Making this change reveals an important part of his character and his humanity. After graduation, Frank was successfully employed overseeing quality control in a nuclear plant. After having whistle-blown on substandard, life threatening, radiation controls, he decided to exit the hardened world of business where capital is put above human safety and the health of generations to come. A rebel without a cause? Not so. Even today Frank represents his local community, fighting ghastly housing projects that threaten rural Los Angeles County, taking on the powerful interests of the likes of Republic Waste and the LA Board of Supervisors who would destroy the environment for the likes of a buck.

Underlying Frank's images is immense compassion for his fellow man. With respect to his love of the sea, Frank, along with many fellow students in art and engineering, was drawn back to the sea. He became a world class surfer, and spent three years traveling the world's oceans. Even now he can often be seen on the Ventura and Santa Barbara beaches refreshing one of those 'edges' that have come to inform his art. The surf and the oceans have become favorite motifs for Frank.

But there is more and I can only express it by harking back to the healing period where the might of our nation was pitted in hostility against a little nation called Vietnam. To see Frank's surf and seascapes thru the eyes of a post war artist enjoying the sea with post war Vietnamese is to have the privilege of sharing with him ones own love for peace and love and the dignified aspirations of ones fellow man. Or, in another year, look through his eyes sharing the thrill of the sea with the sons and daughters of holocaust survivors and sabras on Israeli beaches recently threatened with invasion and destruction.

With respect to his love of art, see in your mind's eye Frank, Danelle, his loving teacher wife, Hannah and Lilli, his two lovely daughters, sitting in the living room painting, traveling to the California beaches with surfboards and ducky float rings strapped above, visiting friends, siblings and grandparents, celebrating shared values. Then see them walking into the setting sun, or out of the morning mists, along the ocean and into your heart as they explore haunts of Frank's past, present and future. You will then see that Frank has gone from Caravaggio some distance, past the impressionists, and spent time with the Van Gogh and Gauguin.

Frank expresses something today that is often lacking in art and to share with him his expressed feelings and vision is an investment well worth the effort. For much of history, the artist has had the unique position of both preserving the images of our collective conscious and unconscious past as well as generating images that give us a glimpse of the present and the future. Plato's cave allegory would have it that the philosopher frees man from the artful images that enslaved him, but in fact, we have seen history providing us with an equally powerful vision of the artist breaking the chains of our illusions as well as providing us with the balm of our salvation. In seeking beauty and truth rather than wealth and acclaim, the artists by their very nature have rebelled against the material values that lead men and women, peoples and nations astray, into enslavement, war and destruction. Franks vision is very much that of the artist and his legacy is of arts highest tradition.

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