Memories of The Unknown: A studio visit with Daniel Granitto

Daniel Granitto, BFA '14, is a Denver Native who just moved back to the area after spending five and a half years living, working, and attending SAIC In Chicago, Il. 

Daniel's work addresses time and our understanding of space through the, often, flawed lens of our own memory. Like a metaphysical-Monet, Daniel works primarily in series to express the spectrum of human experience; analyzing and re-analyzing how one's understanding of a single subject or place may change and broaden with color, focus, light, size, material, and time.

Daniel Granitto

Each work in a series is truly unique. Some feel fast and unforced while others are filled with retrospect and meditation; some dystopian and barren, some more optimistic and full of life. This causes the viewer to understand one's own relationship with memory and personal history as less scientific, but rather bound by emotion and the spiritual. These paintings confront you with a quiet weighted-ness and dare you to look away.

Daniel Granitto in his studio.
"When I paint these places, I tend to think more about how it felt to be there at that time, rather than how I know it actually looked. Stripping these places of their realness is what allows me to escape the precious sentimentality of painting and reckon with larger topics."

Find out more about Daniel Granitto and his inspiring practice here

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