Adam Tramantano’s unique voice is at once 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 a kind of inquiry. But rather than try to find answers, Tramantano attempts to unearth mysteries.
His current question is about clarity, detail, completion, and obscurity. How clear and detailed does an image need to be? When can incomplete or impressionistic images be somehow real and complete?
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.
In his current work, Tramantano is looking to paint images that offer interesting technical challenges. The range of light and shadow on the face or the position of figures and other background elements, for example. The experiment for the moment is more about what paint can do. It is about when paint can be seen as being paint and when it can look like the images it is representing. It is also about where details matter and where they don't, where accuracy matters and where artistic sensibility matters.
Working in acrylics, he eschews the contention that oil paints are better than acrylics: "No medium is inherently better than any other. Anyone can claim anything is better, but to do so, misses the point. I could, for instance argue that acrylics are more in-tune with today because we are living in a plastic world and that's what acrylics are: plastic. But that's ridiculous."
"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."
"I take my conceptual cue from Duchamp. I, too, look for ready-mades in the world. But I look for them conceptually, not tangibly. I look for the ready-made contradictions that nature presents to us."