Adam Tramantano’s paintings appear both abstract and representational. Looking closely at the work, you see the energy of the shapes that make up representation. The apparent neatness of life is an illusion; life needs to be shown for how messy it truly is.
For Adam Tramantano, art is about figuring out how to leave space so that the artistic unconscious can influence the composition.
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."