Vincent Desiderio is an American realist painter who has trained as not only a painter, but also as an art historian and critic. He lives and works in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He currently is a senior critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art. Desiderio was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1987, as well as two National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1987 and 1991. His solo exhibitions have spanned the country, and he has consistently shown his work at Malborough Gallery, NY since 1993. His work is in several public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. Desiderio’s paintings float between realistic and heartbreaking depictions of the reality and eerily off images of a world imagined to be. His painting The Sleep was recently used by pop culture icon Kanye West as the basis of imagery in the 2016 music video Famous.