"This painting was inspired by my quest to find simplicity in painting. I always tend to paint things that are post-apocalyptic and rather chaotic. I painted the original in Germany, and I wanted to make a more calming image for a black body.
"That is how 'Black Woman in a Field' was conceptualized. There are times where I want to add chaotic elements to the painting, but I remind myself about the beauty in the simplicity of this image." –Gianni Lee
Gianni Lee is a multidisciplinary visual artist utilizing diverse mediums to examine and explore themes of racial inequality, communication and technology.
Lee’s multimedia work combines materials including painting, drawing, photography against a post-apocalyptic and futuristic landscape. Gianni has two distinct styles of intricate compositions that populate the fine art world as well as street art. His street-art incorporates colorful skeletal figures while is fine art focuses on alien-like subjects to explore the technological, political, social and racial climate in America while depict the plight of black people.
“My subject matter is based on an on going story with real characters that I created.” , says Gianni. “I decontextualize, reconstruct and regurgitate everything i see and feel on the canvas based on concepts, motifs and issues that mirror society. I make sure to explore the technological, political, social and racial climate in America while painting a post-apocalyptic and futuristic landscape.”
As Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Artist-in-Residence, he presented his inaugural solo-exhibition “Why Don’t You Hear Me?” (2017). And in 2018 he presented his follow up “They Sat Back, They Let it Happen” in Los Angeles. His permanent street installations are currently on view in the streets of Paris, London, Bulgaria, New York City, Cuba, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, just to name a few.
Lee lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.