‘Artist Spotlight’ Of The Week: Victor Grasso

Howdy Nation! Buckle up for today’s adventure as we shine the ‘Artist Spotlight’ on Victor Grasso, an artist who explores the relationship between humans and octopuses. Join us as we celebrate his captivating & playful series—a journey we never want to end!

Grasso’s Newest piece “The Naturalist IV” now available at VictorGrasso.com

Who is Victor Grasso?

I am an internationally represented artist showing with galleries in New York, Philadelphia, and Copenhagen. I live and work in Cape May, New Jersey. My work is collected internationally and has been featured in numerous publications and on major television networks.

“The Naturalist” (Sold out)

Tell us a little bit about the art piece(s) we are showcasing in the interview

“The Naturalist IV” is the fourth painting in a series that explores the relationship between human and octopus. It’s a continuation of my fascination with these creatures, blending them into scenes that evoke a sense of wonder and exploration.

The Naturalist IV, Limited edition of 88 available at VictorGrasso.com

What draws you in or fascinates you the most about octopuses?

Everything. Their fantastic colors, their personalities, their intelligence, and their ability to adapt and camouflage. They are endlessly fascinating creatures that inspire much of my work.

“The Naturalist III” Limited Edition Signed Print

How did you first become interested in creating art featuring octopus?

Octopuses have been a staple in my work from the very beginning. I’ve always been drawn to the sea and its inhabitants. The octopus, with its mysterious nature and unique physical attributes, captivated my imagination early on.

“The Naturalist II” or “The Thief At Dawn” Watercolor on paper (Sold out)

How long your work takes you to complete… Can you discuss any interesting or unique techniques you use?

The time is in the conception. The build up to the actual painting can take months of thinking and planning. Once I start painting, the process is relatively quick. I use a combination of watercolor paint and pencils on paper, which allows for detailed textures and vibrant colors.

Process of Victor Grasso

Wrapping up “The Naturalist IV”

What materials do you use for your work?

Watercolor paint, pencils, and paper.

“Axe” – watercolor on paper – “I like sharp things and sea life”… – Victor Grasso

Was this modeled after a specific octopus species?

Each Naturalist painting is modeled loosely on actual species, but I take artistic liberties to enhance certain features or colors. It’s more about capturing the essence and wonder of the octopus rather than strict biological accuracy. Take for example this blue ringed octopus.

“Wanderer” Limited Edition of 88 (Sold Out)
A girl and her dumbo octopus (Sold out)

Thank You For Joining Us For Artist Spotlight!

First, we want to give a big thank you to Victor Grasso for allowing us to showcase his latest piece “The Naturalist IV” on OctoNation. To continue supporting Victor and his stunning watercolor artwork, make sure to follow him on Instagram @VictorGrasso and on Facebook @GrassoVictor. If you have any interest in supporting their work visit his shop at victorgrasso.com/shop

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