Amy Carani

Amy Carani

Monroe, WI


Sometimes known as Amy SquarePaints, Amy Carani is a visual artist that draws inspiration from pop culture. Knowing visual art does not have the mass appeal of pop culture, she creates colorful acrylic paintings with precise geometric shapes that guide popular themes on square canvases. By connecting pop culture and her geometric painting style, Amy creates an easy accessibility for those that may not be familiar with visual art.

Her paintings have been on display at Cedarburg Art Museum, Dubuque Museum of Art, Freeport Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Rockford Art Museum, The Trout Museum of Art, and The Wright Museum of Art, and several art galleries in the Midwest.

Amy Carani lives in Monroe, WI with her supportive husband and beautiful daughter.


Artist Statement

I began painting precise, geometric, and colorful abstract artwork on square canvases with pop culture influenced themes about twenty five years ago. 

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to produce clean and precise paintings with a bold visual impact. I developed painting system that consists of rulers and compass bows to assist in my desired precision.  

My final step in my painting process is when I paint the black outline edges freehand with a small brush. While I do not. Most suspect that I use tape or masks to create the black outlines due to the precise nature of my paintings. 

Pop culture is a common ground that I share with many. Visual art as a whole does not have the mass appeal of popular culture. To have visual art accessible, I adapt popular cultural references by abstracting the themes onto canvas with the solid blocks of color sharply defined black acrylic paint lines guiding the visual story. 

When connection pop culture themes and my colorful geometric painting style, I create an easy accessibility for those that may not be familiar with abstraction in visual art. The accessibility also generates a positive impact for the art community by creating new art enthusiasts and collectors.

Amy Carani, Rime, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12" x 1.5"