Rich DiSilvio

ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2021 Winter call for artists

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Winter call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Winter issue.

Artist Statement

As an artist, I have long been determined to follow my illustrious predecessors who’ve all made an impact on the human condition. Whether it is through surrealism, traditional means, or even abstraction, I strive to create works that move people.

Selecting a theme is a random process. I’m continually inspired by the world around me, by viewing works of art, or, in most cases, by nature itself.

Recently, I’ve gravitated to digital art. It’s quicker, allowing me to create more ideas with unlimited revisions. Nevertheless, creating art has been in my blood since I was a child, but I have also written numerous books on many topics.

About My Work

Having been fortunate to study at an art academy under Harold Stevenson, a protege of Norman Rockwell, most of my work features realism to some extent, even as I have ventured into the realms of surrealism or dabbled with abstraction.

With a reverence for the old masters of realism, surrealism, impressionism, and abstraction, I have attempted to express myself in various ways, exploring new horizons. However, I most often gravitate to surrealism. I believe the human imagination is what separates our species from the animal world, hence the human imagination is the most unique and the most limitless to explore. My fascination with the human imagination has found its way into my artwork and into most of my books, be they mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, or even children’s books. I hope my viewers and readers come away with something new and inspiring to keep the wheels of progress moving forward.

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