Village People: Aaron Canino Sketches Landscapes Real And Imagined

Sunday, April 25, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Aaron Canino, 28, said that he was inspired to start drawing architectural landscapes while a student in Mr. Jenkins’s art class at Proviso West. He’s been drawing with a passion ever since — from iconic New York cityscapes to local landmarks to buildings that are material only in Canino’s imagination.

The Hillside resident graduated from West in 2009 before going on to attend Triton College, where he obtained an associate’s degree in arts. He then transferred to Elmhurst College, but couldn’t afford to stay there.

He hopes that his drawings can gain enough traction to sell, allowing Canino to pay down student loans and return to school. He hopes to study architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Aaron Canino’s architectural drawings are on display inside of the Maywood Public Library throughout April. | File

So far, his work has been on display at the Westchester Public Library and the Historical Stone Temple Church.

“I’m hoping these drawings get everyone’s attention, so I can sell them,” Canino said. One drawing, in particular, however, has value that resonates beyond dollars and cents. It depicts the Bellwood home of his late grandmother, Barbara Hanna.

Canino said he learned to draw while a student at Proviso West High School. | File

You can see that drawing, as well as Canino’s other work, at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, until April 29. Canino’s work will also be on display at the Bellwood Public Library in May. VFP

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