Who are you?
I’m Felice Panagrosso. But I go by Phil, or Philippe where I live here in Paris. I am married to Caryn Kaftal, a management consultant, businesswoman and writer. We have two children, Bella and Sammy.
What do you do here in France?
I paint and make things. My paintings are mostly Landscapes, but also Still Life, Portraits and what I call Imagination and Memory paintings. We live in a region of France called the Yvellines, the home of the Impressionists, with Paris just a 20 minute train ride away. This is our second stay in France. We first landed in Paris on January 3, 2002, the first day of the Euro, and lived there until 2006, when we returned to the States and two years in Brooklyn and the New York Academy of Art. We returned to Saint Germain-en-laye in 2008 and have lived here since.
What are your paintings really about?
Well, as I said, I paint mostly landscapes, but really my paintings are about transience and and imperfection, and the beauty that is found there with the passage of time. You can think of this as nostalgia. One thinks of nostalgia for the past of course, but there can also be nostalgia for the future. Very often, nostalgia is simply for a memory, or a memory of an anticipated event. Then the event does not turn out as you had envisioned it, but you still hold on to the memory…. My memory series deals with that sometimes.
I think the idea that best describes this is the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi. The architect Tadao Ando describes Wabi-Sabi as “…finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay…the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered..”
Thank you for taking a look at my work on this website. If you have any questions, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org