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Vincent Pepi (American, b. 1926), Three Portraits, 1960-1996, watercolor on paper, signed

Vincent Pepi (American, b. 1926), Three Portraits, 1960-1996, watercolor on paper, signed

Item Description:


Man with Yellow Shirt, 1996, signed and dated lower right

Figure on Green Background, 1986, signed and dated lower left

Woman with Brown Hair, 1960, signed and dated lower left


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Man with Yellow Shirt: Height 16 in. x Width 12 in., unframed

Figure on Green Background: Height 11 in. x Width 13 in., framed

Woman with Brown Hair: Height 12 in. x Width 9 in., unframed

About The Artist:

Vincent Pepi is an American abstract artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Pepi has spent his painting career experimenting with different styles and inspirations and has travelled extensively to meet and study with some of the most famous artists of the 20th century.

Pepi was born in Boston in 1926. In 1935, he and his family moved to New York City and Pepi attended the Music and Arts High School in Harlem. After graduating high school in 1943, he worked for a magazine illustration studio. Less than a year later, Pepi volunteered with the United States Navy to fight in World War II. In the Navy, Pepi's art career was all but interrupted. While in training, he painted a mural at the Sampson Naval Training Base in Sampson, New York. When Pepi was sent overseas from 1944 to 1945, he painted landscape and figures studies of the people at Oran and Mers el Kibar in North Africa. When he was discharged in 1946, Pepi travelled to Mexico to study the murals of Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Pepi returned to New York in 1947 and studied fine art at the Cooper Union and at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After his studies in New York, Pepi went to Rome, Italy to take private lessons with Italian painter Beppe Guzzi at the Meschini Institute. It was around this time that Pepi began to experiment with painting his subconscious, as the Surrealists had done in the 1920s. During his time in Italy, Pepi met modern Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, Surrealist painter Roberto Matta, sculptor and painter Alberto Burri, painter Piero Dorazio, Futurist Giacomo Balla, and worked as an assistant for sculptor Pericle Fazzini.

When Pepi returned to New York in 1951, he opened up his own studio and began to experiment with automatism, drawing or painting without conscious thought, and pure abstraction. He met painters of the burgeoning Abstract Expressionism movement, which rebelled against conventional subjects and art making techniques in favor of spontaneous and gestural brush strokes. These artists included Franz Kline, Conrad Marca-Relli, and Willem de Kooning. Pepi continued to experiment in abstract painting through the 1970s. From 1979 to 1984, Pepi acted as the Gallery Director of Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. His work was widely exhibited throughout the United States, most recently in 2008 at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York.

In these portraits from 1960, 1986, and 1996, the viewer can see the evolution of Pepi's personal style. It seems that Pepi's work became more abstract, not grounded in realism, as his prolific career went on. Pepi's abstract influences are seen in each face, as he experiments in style and color. The constant characteristic in his work is his use of fluid color that is not confined by line.


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