Mauro Masin was born in Valdobbiadene, Italy, in 1989. Masin is a self-taught artist working with oil paint on canvas. In painting, he has made it his goal to depict ordinary, everyday life as he observes it, portraying subjects he is personally familiar with. Deeply influenced by Edward Hopper and his lifelong investment in painting the everyday, Masin uses the drama of light and shadow to emphasize a mood in his creations. The high-contrast quality of many of his paintings in conjunction with the strategic framing of the subject suggests a cinematic quality to the works: the viewer and the artist are together watching a scene unfold. Depicting architecture, landscape, and the figure, Masin often tends to focus in on a centralized point of interest.