Born in Rhode Island in 1973 of Italian and Lebanese descent, Brett Cimino spent his
adult career as a plumber and contractor. In December 2012, he was forced to have
neck surgery. Though difficult and painful, it opened his eyes to the world of self-
creation. Naturally hyper-productive and finding himself in traction, he sought
something to build. Given his physical constraints denied him his body, he began a new
life as a creative, writing his first book and painting while recovering.
Seven years later and without formal visual arts training, Cimino has created an
enormous body of paintings that speak to the pain, joy, and absurdity of being human
through intimate tales that are full of irony, humor, and terror. His work is energetic and
purposeful, autobiographical, and filled with social commentary.
“Some visuals sting so hard that they bring tears to my eyes, with others, a moment of
happiness. Either way, it’s all about emotion; a feeling of raw nostalgia, the history of a
mark that can tell a thousand stories. The relationships between colors and shapes
make me emotionally stimulated. They remind me of things I’ve seen or experienced in
my life or what other people go through. I paint to process, to filter, and frankly to stay
alive.” -Brett Cimino