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 Ken Valastro  (late 20th century)

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Lived/Active: Colorado      Known for: cityscape, landscape and figure painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Starting at age three and encouraged by artistic parents, Denver Artist Ken Valastro became prolific at drawing. It is from these early beginnings Valastro's artistic ability developed.

Growing up meant regular trips to New York City museums and an appreciation
for all types of fine art. "I frequently still choose the same subject matter now to paint as I did as a child, such as multiple figurative scenes and cityscapes. Not having grown up with television and computers, and making our own entertainment, fostered an active imagination. I would look at the cracked paint on the wall and see figures or objects."

Today, Valastro paints impressionistic images, letting viewers exercise a bit of their own imaginations. His cityscapes and landscapers offer us a painterly expression of our life's visual memories, whether it is ordinary or scenic. His work often evokes a feeling of déjà vu. An economy of color engages the viewer in imagining or remembering time and place. His work is fresh and lively, sometimes moody and at other times provocative.

Courtesy of Leo Manaff, whose source is a representative of the artist.

Biography from Knox Galleries:
Ken Valastro has been a prolific artist since age three. “I’m frequently drawn to the same subject matter that intrigued me as a child such as figurative scenes and cityscapes.” Encouraged by artistic parents who shunned television, Ken made his own entertainment by drawing, spurred on by an active imagination. “I would look at cracks of paint on the wall and see objects and figures.

Valastro’s brushstrokes capture the essence of impressionistic images, allowing the viewer to exercise a bit of their own imagination. His paintings offer an evocative and painterly expression of life’s visual memories.

Ken Valastro teaches the Art Student’s League of Denver and gives frequent workshops. His work has been collected nationally and internationally. His paintings may be found in corporate and municipal environs.

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