Gabriel and Fernando 2004, Oil on canvas 72 x 60 inches

Gabriel and Fernando

2004, Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

John Sonsini

Born in Rome, New York, 1950
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Jeff Sonsini works in Los Angeles and looks to day laborers as the subjects for his portraits. Sonsini captures the present state of a life defined by its transitory and perpetually contingent nature with thick impasto and loose brushstrokes. The men stare out at the viewer with placid attentiveness, where they are not defined by their manual work but stand as individuals. Sonsini has developed a deep relationship with many of his subjects who sign the back of their portraits.