This month, photographer Vincent Gattorno of Glen Cove has his photographic art work on display in a new exhibition at the Hutchins Gallery at LIU Post Library through Sept. 30.
An amateur art photographer, Gattorno shows his skill by using his camera to help his audience view things which occur in an instant and then no longer exist or from an angle we might never have thought of sighting from. Textures, colors and combinations of natural and man-made subjects join to delight the eye and even to cause the viewer, at times, to question what it is being seen.
Born in Cuba in 1961, Gattorno settled with his family in Venezuela two years later, following the Bay of Pigs invasion by the United States to unseat Fidel Castro. A holiday visit to the United States with his parents at the age of 13 led to a quest on his part to become an American citizen, a dream he realized 12 years after returning here, by himself, in 1993.
Gattorno comes from a family of artists, the best known being his uncle, Antonio Gattorno, who achieved international fame as one of the founders of Cuba’s Modernist Movement.
Gattorno, a resident of Glen Cove for the past eight years, was chosen by the Glen Cove Senior Center to have his first exhibition at their gallery in 2011. This was followed by one at the Glen Cove Library in 2012.
The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce chose one of his photographs to grace the program for their annual gala in the same year. Gattorno has also had exhibitions at the Uniondale Library in October 2013, followed by another at the Port Washington Library from December 2013 to January 2014.
A reception and an opportunity to meet Gattorno will take place at the LIU Post Library, 720 Northern Blvd., Greenvale, on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. Many of his photographs are accompanied by poems created by John C. Bartul, C.W. Post class of 1960.