‘Sopranos’ actor curates new LIC art exhibit

(l to r) Diego Salazar and Federico Castelluccio
THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

To fans of the HBO series “The Sopranos,” he is Furio Giunta. Yet to the artistic world, Federico Castelluccio has come to be known as a prominent realist painter.

On Thursday, April 4 the art collector, connoisseur of old master Baroque paintings and Naples native presented the opening of “Diverse Visions of Reality.” Along with his own work, Castelluccio, as the curator for the exhibit, chose 10 other artists that will each display two pieces in the gallery that give a variety of subject matter, styles and sizes.

Included in the group are Nelson Shanks, Humberto Aquino, Christopher Pugliese, Steven Assael, Mario Robinson, David Brega, Scott Nickerson, Patricia Watwood, Katie O’Hagan and Will Wilson.

In his paintings Castelluccio largely focuses on the figure, in addition to still life and landscape, always dealing with life directly.

“As a realist painter I strive to paint my subject as I see it – pure, without embellishments,” said Castelluccio. “My ultimate goal is to achieve an honest interpretation of the natural and beautiful things that surround and inspire me.”

The exhibit will run in conjunction with the Diego Salazar Gallery’s one-year anniversary through May 4. The galley is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.




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