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Artist of the Month: Carl Ristaino

Randal Engelmann & Erik Gould

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Feb 7 3 minutes read

The clocks have been pushed forward and now our early evenings are a heck of a lot brighter. What better way to celebrate longer spring days than with artwork? Carl Ristaino, a Boston area artist, will be displaying his work all throughout April. His vibrantly colored paintings invoke a sense of movement and magic on each canvas. You can meet the artist himself on Thursday, April 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

About the Artist

A Boston area artist who primarily paints with acrylic on canvas.

He is a self styled Illustrator . He received the nick name "Mad Carl" in his youth due to a combination of his unique drawing style and unconventional personality.

Carl draws inspiration from Music, Nature, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Primitive Art , the Divine and the Mundane. He seeks to incorporate an element of mystery in his work that he hopes will inspire the viewer to 'fill in the blanks" of the story of any given painting. These elements may appear to have a life of their own , almost existing before and after the painting was made.

Ongoing themes in Carl's work include expressionistic cityscapes (grown organically across the canvas) and stylistic bar scenes (populated with bizarre characters and charged emotions.) Carl paints through intuition; sometimes a certain line, brush stroke, color or texture just feels and looks right. He seeks to capture that blurry memory; that corner-of-the-eye hallucination inside of a fever dream, the almost untranslatable feel that is there and then gone.

To learn more about Carl's work, visit his site.

About Focus Real Estate's Guest Artist Program:

We firmly believe that we are Jamaica Plain community members first, and business owners second. Our goal is to host local artists and craft artisans in our space every month to help broaden our reach in the town that we love. We are actively searching to host future artists. If you know anyone that would be interested, please have them email us

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