Antonio Petracca painted constructions are reliefs that protrude from the wall. The paintings usually incorporate imagery of landmark buildings. They are generally elongated slits with painted images taken from photographs of various exterior facades. The painterly information is abbreviated, therefore giving the viewer a compressed perception of what is contained within the extended rectangle.
He is interested in establishing the trace of memory, how our perception registers this memory, and how it becomes embedded. The artist crops realistic imagery that contain hints of a particular place, works border on abstraction due to the extreme manner in which they are cropped.
Antonio Petracca has had solo exhibitions at the Italian American Museum in NYC and the Garibaldi Meucci Museum. He has been awarded several grants and special projects including an MTA mural commission. His artwork is in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society, George Eastman House, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. His artwork has been written about in ARTnews, Art in America, and the New York Times.