Larry Madrigal is a figurative painter currently exploring the genre of portraiture through a traditional painting style with contemporary urban sensibilities. His work has been exhibited in the Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art and international juried exhibitions across the country. Madrigal is also a 2014 recipient of Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum Artist Grant. He lives and works in Peoria, Arizona, with his wife, Melinda, while teaching Studio Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.
For the past five years, I have been exploring the genre of portraiture. The ability to confront the viewer with different ideas through subtle visual devises fascinates me. Contemporary figurative artists such as Jerome Witkin and Vincent Desiderio have been impactful in journey as a painter. Likewise, the work of the 16th century Northern Renaissance master, Albrecht Dürer, has also influenced my approach to drawing and self-portraiture. To the same degree, I am also inspired by old master depictions of saints in Art-History. For this reason, I often paint local hip-hop artists and dancers who engage their audience with counter-cultural values. I consider them to be our hidden cultural heroes. In a way, my paintings are a continuation of the historical depiction of saints in Art-History, with the addition of urban theologians.