John Grande was born in 1969 in Huntington Long Island. He attended the School Of Visual Arts in 1995 earning his BFA. After graduating Grande moved to NYC and worked as a professional C Printer at several High End photo lab in NYC. During this time John Grande printed for such High End Fashion, Music and, Fine Art photographers like Mick Rock - Miles Aldrich – Jack Pearson – Anne Liebovitz – Marc Baptiste – Giles Bensimon – Jerry Schatzberg to name a few. This practice highly influenced his personal work allowing him to Asses their work - study their compositions and visual techniques for creating a successful image. Since that time Grande has exhibited in Solo and Group Shows throughout the world (New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Korea, Italy, India, Canada).. Grande is a photo-based artist who works in project form. Using photo reference to produce a ” photo realistic” style with paint into a visual dialogue while constantly searching for different ways of solving contextual problems and ideas. Incorporating pop culture – contemporary or retro – branding symbols – advertising logos – superheroes – phrases and art. Grande Interweaves them together transforming there original meanings continuously adding to the vocabulary of art. His current work is about exploring “the Cultural Icon and the History of Art”. "My art comes from the history of art and the culture of our times. I am interested in building paintings that are derived out of today’s overwhelming multimedia world and, adding to the vocabulary of art".