Abstract Expressionist painter John Grillo was born in 1917 in Lawrence, Mass. Grillo studied with Hans Hofmann during his first three years of living in New York, developing a signature style of using dynamic, yet warm colors. Grillo’s paintings started out as abstract during the earlier years of his career; later on, he developed a proclivity to figural works. In keeping with his use of color and layering techniques, Grillo’s works drew comparisons with that of Pollock and de Kooning. During his lifetime he served as professor of fine arts at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for 25 years.