The hyper-realistic paintings of Massimo Contran are examples of the artist's fascination with urban archaeology. Interested in architecture and details since childhood, Contran’s meticulous oil paintings of abandoned factories and industrial sites reveal the beauty of mechanics and the tendency of nature to overtake even the most durable of manmade structures. As with 19th-century watercolors of classical ruins, there’s something equally romantic and melancholic about Contran’s landscapes. He uses these industrial locations to explore the idea that, once abandoned, the tools of human beings become isolated and unsafe. Because of his desire to create as minutely detailed a scene as possible, the artist prefers to work with oils on board, utilizing glazing for a glowing effect.
Contran also paints more abstract work, which he says comes from his innermost psyche and reflects his personal research projects, ideas, concepts, poems he’s read and images he’s seen, subconsciously transformed into color and shapes on paper or board. He describes these works as his parallel world and the ultimate expression of who he is.