Biography of Vincent M. Grech
Vincent Michael Grech, born July 13, 1967 in Pittsburgh, always was enthusiastic about the fine arts and music as a child. Vincent didn't begin to take art seriously until enjoying and exiling during high school at North Hills High in Pittsburgh. While attending Community College of Allegheny County for an Associate Degree in Graphic Communication, Vincent began work as an Iconographer's Assistant for Robert Gerwing and Associates located in the North Side of Pittsburgh. As an Iconographer, Vincent constructed mosaics and painted icons for Greek, Romanian and Russian Orthodox Churches along the East Coast of the United States. Here he was introduced to new materials and techniques such as: gilding, faux finishes and the importance of geometry in the composition of painting. Upon completing college in December 1993, Vincent moved to Chicago and began working as an Artist/Fine Finisher. Here he painted murals, faux finishes, gilding, furniture painting and was introduced to more materials and techniques such as: Imitation Venetian Plaster and acids on metal leaf. This is about the time when Vincent began to incorporate these techniques and materials he was exposed to at work in his paintings.
In June 1999, Vincent opened the Thirteenth Floor Art Gallery in Wicker Park where he displayed work by emerging artists and his own. After about three rewarding years , he closed the gallery so he could spend more time on his art while being represented by Gruen Galleries in the Gallery District of Chicago.
Vincent is still experimenting with new materials and techniques for the purpose of future incorporation into his work. His dreams now are to get more representation in other galleries so he can concentrate on just painting.