Dating a painter
With a distinctly street-art flair, De Angelis combines a vocabulary of symbols and characters with his own experimental methods — using chopsticks, say, or spray-painting scavenged metal for fields of texture.
De Angelis fervently tries not to let his own negative experiences hurt others. "I think people take their aggressions out on other people, and I don't believe in that." Indeed, he sees promoting an ethos of love and gratitude as paramount, and the trials of dating and romance also factor prominently in his work.
Of the eight works he's sold so far, two went to a Tokyo buyer who discovered the artist through his postings in the Facebook group Asemic Writing: The New Post-Literate. He was raised Catholic in nearby Pelham, where, he said, "I did not have a good childhood." Since he's taken up painting, he noted, analyzing and discussing his artwork's relationship to abuse and his life at large have become an integral part of his therapy sessions. The painting "Eve," for example, is a split canvas.