Michael Grimaldi's work, grounded in realism, is always intimate with his
environment, whether with private interiors, psychologically charged
portraits, personal objects or his perception of his landscape. His
work is anachronistic in its juxtaposition of archaic technique with
contemporary subject matter. His still life paintings frequently
feature obsolete technologies such as World War II field phones and
transmitters, transcending from their bygone function to an
appreciation for their humanist, object qualities.
Grimaldi's paintings and drawings frequently bring to attention the
overlooked and unseen. In addition to portraits of banal objects, his
cityscapes of New York City feature desolate train tracks, canals and
His mediums primarily fall into two categories; drawing with graphite
and charcoal, or painting in oil. Grimaldi remains consistent in scale
and formal execution throughout his different phases. His main artistic
influences are Antonio López García, Walter Tandy Murch, Edwin
Dickinson and Andrew Wyeth, and writers J.G. Ballard and Albert
Born in 1971 in New York City, he attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. After a brief time at the New York Studio School, he enrolled at the Art Students League of New York and studied with Peter Cox, Ted Seth Jacobs, Anthony Ryder and Ronald Sherr. In 1993, he was awarded the MacDowell Travel Grant and moved to France to continue his studies with Ted Seth Jacobs at the L'Ecole Albert Defois.
Upon returning to New York, Grimaldi studied at the National Academy of Design with Jacob Collins. In 2005, Grimaldi conducted independent studies in anatomy at the Facultad Medicina in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 2007, he received the Alma Schapiro Prize for an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Other awards include the Stacey Foundation Grant (1998 & 1999), the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (1999 & 2002) and the Forbes Foundation Residency Fellowship (2002).
Grimaldi has taught Figure Drawing and Anatomy at the School of Visual Arts and the Water Street Atelier. In 2002, Grimaldi co-founded Studio 126 with artist Brandon Soloff. In 2006, Grimaldi co-founded the Grand Central Academy of Art with colleagues Jacob Collins, Kate Lehman and Dan Thompson. He teaches at the Art Students League of New York and the Grand Central Academy of Art.
Grimaldi's work has been exhibited at Arcadia Gallery, the Arnot Museum, the Forbes Magazine Collection Museum, Forum Gallery and the National Academy Museum in New York; and the de Young Museum and John Pence Gallery in San Francisco.
His work is referenced in, among others:
Classical Drawing Atelier (2007) and Classical Painting Atelier (2008) both by Juliette Aristides.
The Bones of Art. American Art Collector, January 2008
The Paint Group. American Arts Quarterly, Spring Issue 1999
Compiled and submitted by Elizabeth Broadfoot