GRONK (b. 1954)
photo: Creston Funk        De-mystifying the Artist

Gronk (Glugio Gronk Nicandro), a Los Angeles -- based performance artist and painter, uses thick layers of intensely colored acrylic paint to create expansive, expressionistic images. His symbols and characters emanate less from waking life than from the unconscious zone where visions and nightmares take shape.

You can view the creation of Tormenta Cantata, Echoes from the Past, seen step-by-step in QuickTime movies, as it took place in the lobby of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.