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 Vince Grimaldi  (1929 - 2011)

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Lived/Active: New York/Rhode Island / Italy      Known for: assemblage, seascape and skyscape painting, photography

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in New York City, Vince Grimaldi studied at the Art Students League, studying under Reginald Marsh and Jon Corbino. Throughout his career, Grimaldi has used many techniques, but he has always returned to the collage.

Drafted in 1951, he left the Art Students League and went to Korea, where he accidentally discovered a passion for photography. A friend suggested that photography would help him express himself, and psychologically endure the war years.

Returning to New York, Vince enrolled in the art studies program of the New School for Social Research, where he stayed 3 years. During the years as a student, Vince supported himself with dozens of jobs. One position he held was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Metropolitan, prospective guards were first given cleaning assignments. There he met a reclusive millionaire, working as a cleaner. That man later bought a boat and invited Vince to sail with him for a year up and down the East coast. Beaches and seascapes later became a prime subject of his art.

In 1964 Vince moved to Rome, Italy studying, working and exhibiting for 3 and a half years. While there he was commissioned to supply photographs for a book on Rome. He continued, though to depend on eclectic jobs and learned Italian to work at times as an artist's model and actor.

In 1967 he returned to New York City, living first in the East Village, then moving in 1995 to Providence. Beginning in 1974 he had started a photo project, "Beachscapes," which focuses on shores, both good and bad. That project continues to this day. Besides painting, Vince does collages and box constructions, sometimes incorporating the debris he has found washed up on the beach.

Vince's work is in major national collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Butler Institute, the Guggenheim and the Tate Gallery in London. "The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center" was the name of Grimaldi's photography exhibit that displayed images and photographs of the Twin Towers before their destruction (taken years before the attacks in 2001).

Joan Retsinas, "Vince Grimaldi: Artist" February, 2002
Sylvia Smith, "Vince Grimaldi Exhibits at Bodi" September, 2001

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