From the first time Van Saro held crayons in his hand he loved to draw, but the path from crayons to Krylon cans and from ghetto to gallery has been no easy ride. Looking at his work now – whether an enormous mural or commissioned portrait, it’s evident that Van has spent many years obsessively perfecting his skills as both a painter and a storyteller. The son of Armenian immigrants, Saro has witnessed much hardship, but never lost ambition. Following in the footsteps of artists like William Bouguereau, Charles Bargue, and Norman Rockwell, Van Saro brings to life the stories of his present world. Unlike his classical predecessors (and even his peers), he uses graffiti to articulate the narrative within. Songs also make an incredible contribution to the emotional translation of street life in Van’s paintings. His book is over 40 pages of full color paintings from cover to cover. This book encompasses everything from his oil paintings to his street graffiti. Hardcover.