As a painter who acquires inspiration from nature, I always seek subjects which lend themselves to developing the formal elements of color, design, space, tone, movement, light and texture. The art of painting certainly has the power to transform the ordinary and the overlooked and make us see these subjects in a new way.
New York native John Folchi grew up surrounded by oil paintings created by his father, who painted as a spare-time hobby but ran an automotive business full-time in the Bronx. John was inspired by the figurative work of his father, and also learned the basics of mixing paint from dad. John’s talent is broad, and he takes on a variety of subjects. Although he is an artist in the realist tradition, his subjects cross boundaries from figurative street scenes, to still life, to landscapes and clouds to his more recent works of paintings of the pavement that we walk upon each day and do not notice.
John studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan, then received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Art from Lehman College where he studied with noted Greek artist Theo Stavropoulos. His works are in the collection of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care Center, as well as several prominent corporate collections, including Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, UPS and the New York City law firm Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Frankel Law Firm.