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ABOUT LEN

‚ÄčI'm Len Cicio, an architectural and landscape draftsman, who works in colored pencils, pen & ink, oil pastels and wax art bars.   I always loved fantasy and syfy movies as a kid, and even a bigger one as I've gotten older.  This passion, translates into my art, along with my background as a textile designer in NYC.   I ride the NYC subways everyday to work and back. 

 

    

To a lot of tourists, the subways can appear like a dirty, smelly, gritty and grungy place to be.  For me, it's surrounded by gothic, abstract, surreal, art deco and sy-fy images with wonderful design patterns.  My goal is to show the sexy and vibrant colors and patterns that are all hidden in them and bring them out.  

The subways are moving vehicles in a high adventure action movie, with dynamic patterns in eternal tunnel passageways that wind and turn forever.  People racing out of the train doors to work, grabbing that muffin and coffee in the nearest place they can.  I know because I'm one of them but it's eggs and turkey bacon instead!  I love the city because there's art and life everywhere, if you take the time to notice.  

The great songwriter Laura Nyro had a line from her song "New York Tendaberry," she says- "You look like a city but you feel like religion to me."  That's how I feel about New York too!  It's like a holy place with  cathedrals of life and art revealing rich textures with stories and colors that you can feel all around you.

My landscapes are inspired from Washington Heights, in Northern Manhattan, and the last natural forest of Manhattan - Inwood Park, where I live and experience nature that is raw, powerful and in its natural primitive state.  I want you to experience a supernatural landscape living on a new earth that is untouched by man.  For my fellow commuters and people viewing my site, I invite you to see a magical place that not only connects New Yorkers to their jobs, but to life, with family, friends and places that they love.  I want to pull you into the Henry Hudson Bridge, where you feel yourself riding on that moving rhythm of waters and walking down that long winding path in Inwood Park because that is so alive to me. 

Artists whose work continues to influence and inspire me are Vincent Van Gogh, with his use of strong vibrant colors, and Lyonel Feininger's towering architectural forms, aspects of which often appear to be viewed through cut-glass, or stained glass windows, highlighted by the sun. I also love Georgia O' Keefe, for being able to strip away all extraneous forms in her art and bare down to the essential essence of her objects.

The Creator stamped the colors of love into the life, movement and power of His creation.  I see them in the subways and landscapes of NYC. My hope, is that you will experience a taste of that heavenly city on my site.  A place that you've visited in your dreams and that always calls you home. 

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I allow up to 7 days, once a piece is delivered to your location for return if you change your mind. You will be responsible for shipping costs that need to go to a Fedex or UPS store. Any original art pieces being returned should be insured with order #, date shipped, including tracking #. There is no refund on insurance or shipping. If something is damaged I would need to see a photo sent back to me. I will be happy to give you a full refund under these conditions.

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The company I use, "Fine Print Imaging" has been around for about 40 years and are the #1 printers for conservation photographers and artists worldwide. Their "Enhanced Matte" paper, is lighter in feel then the other options, with exceptional color clarity and a wide tonal range, perfect for both color & B&W images. The light fastness will hold up to 70 years and it's a 192 gsm (grams per sq meter -paper weight indicator) "Somerset Velvet" is 100% acid free with textured radiant white velvety surface. Archival museum quality, 255 gsm cold press with a light fastness of 100 years. Vivid color reproductions and archival museum quality. Their "Fine Art Smooth Paper" is a smooth 100% acid free cotton rag natural white, heavy weight. Brilliant crisp and clear colors, rich B&W prints. Archival Museum quality. 100 years light fastness and 250 gsm cold pres paper. "Hahnemuhle Bamboo" is 100% acid free heavy weight from highly renewable bamboo fibers. Archival museum quality, 100+ years light fastness and 290 gsm cold press paper. Warm tones and matt smooth finish. Considered environmental and eco-friendly. "Canvass Prints-Gallery Wrapped" Museum grade canvass with exceptional whiteness, great color saturation that looks like an original painting or drawing. The light fastness for this is 100-200 years. A "Gallery Wrapped" means that its a fine art canvas print that is stretched out on either a 5/8" or 1.5" stretched bar. This is the outer edge of the art piece that is wrapped around the 4 corners. * GSM = grams per sq. meter for paper weight indicator. .

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