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I was born on March 5 to a working class family in Harrison, New Jersey not far from the city of Newark. My art education was largely informal, and began on my twelfth birthday when I was given a monograph book chronicling the life of Vincent Van Gogh; in later years, I would study under the tutelage of renowned artists Taylor Oughton and Vernon Wood.
In my work I allow the painting to guide me. The colors I employ are dictated by the piece itself, as it comes to 'life.' I believe that my use of color is directly related to the manner in which van Gogh organized his palette, that is, without restriction. I find it impossible to explain my deep-seeded passion for the plight of the American Indian, during the mid to late nineteenth century, at a time when America was caught in a painful period of growth, expanding westward. Though my kinship with the Native American is a mystery to me, I know one thing for certain: I did not chose my subject, instead, it chose me.
I hope to inspire the viewers of my work to form a lasting relationship with the subject of each painting.
All paintings/images on this website are NOT public domain, they all are the exclusive property of the artist. All paintings are protected by (c) copyright and the International copyright laws. All images/paintings can NOT be reproduced without the written authorization of 'Joe Triano' the artist.