The predicament of modern art is one of the dissolution of boundaries. Paint got us here and paint will get us to what is next. My major question as an artist is: How can painting be the quintessential boundary dissolver?
Art is about boundary dissolution. There are the boundaries of intention and accident, plan and improvisation, as well as boundaries of clutter and openness, light and dark, and edges and continuity.
My Artistic Approach: Mature Realism
Mature realism implies a “mature” concept about what reality is and the extent to which we can represent it. A mature realist posits that reality is both what we see and that which is beyond portrayal. He believes that something about reality is profound and that this profound quality is both within and beyond portrayal. Mature realism is embodied in the artist’s attitude towards the extent to which reality can be represented.
Adam Tramantano was born in 1976 and grew up in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx. He formed his foundation for art while preparing for the admissions portfolio for art high school.
His early influences include his grandmother, and a junior high school art teacher.
Teaching Career and Education
Tramantano became a high school English teacher at the age of 24.
He attended CUNY Hunter College and graduated in the Winter of 2000. He went on to earn an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, in May of 2001.
He taught for six years at A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem.
Tramantano currently teaches at Bronx Science, where he has been since 2007.
Tramantano earned an Ed.D. in English Education in February 2018.
His dissertation, Improvising Roles: Writing Instruction and Provocative Disruption, explores the mysteries of teaching the creative process.
The experiment for the moment is about portraying an image in a way that allows paint to be itself and allows the energy and texture of the paint to be the subject matter along with the image. It is about where accuracy matters and where artistic sensibility matters. It is about allowing both the conscious and the subconscious to have a say.
Tramantano uses acrylic paints and mediums on cotton canvas.
"Representational painters cannot reject conceptual art because representational painting deals in concepts. If anything, we should be thankful to the conceptual art revolution for freeing us from the task of merely making pretty pictures."
"I don't think that intellectual and intuitive pursuits are different. The intellect is a kind of intuition and intuition a kind of intelligence."
"There are two artistic voices within us: the conscious and the unconscious. My goal is to allow both voices to emerge, whether in harmony or dissonance."