Troy X. Musto

Living. Breathing. Making Art.

12 Inches of SIN

Painting, ExhibitionsTroy MustoComment

There was an art show titled "12 Inches of Sin," and although my submissions weren't accepted I'm still very proud of these pieces. They highlight the diversity of my friends here in the City of Brotherly Love, and more specifically, a group of people that live, and in some cases, thrive on the margins of the mainstream. This is mostly by choice, but often times out of necessity. 


Fu*@*!g Brad

IllustrationTroy MustoComment
8.5" x 11" Wax, ink, pencil on handmade paper. 

8.5" x 11" Wax, ink, pencil on handmade paper. 

Have you ever had someone come in and out of your life and it's to the point now where it's out? That's what was going through my mind while working on this one. It's not necessarily the person in question however the representation is close enough

A Proper Macchiato

Stuff Makes You Go MMMTroy Musto

Ordering a cortado then a macchiato and noticing the subtlties between each drink isn’t for every coffee shop and certainly not for many baristas. That isn’t the case at WinWin as you see, my barista served up two perfect examples each! On my coffee shop scale WinWin is a total WIN! But honestly there are so many ways to make these drinks, it’s like a really good bartender knowing about the subtlties.

A cortado is a beverage that consists ofespresso coffee mixed with a small amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity.[1] The wordcortado is the past participle of the Spanish verb cortar (to cut), in the sense of “dilute”. Cortado is a well known drink in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.

Caffè macchiato is an espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk, usually foamed. In Italian, macchiato means “stained” or “spotted” so the literal translation of caffè macchiato is “stained coffee”, or coffee with a spot of milk.

And really after reading this I’m still left like… huh? That didn’t explain anything. The point is, find yourself a good coffee shop!

Inspiring 'Through Line and Color'

Exhibitions, IllustrationTroy MustoComment

When viewing the nude artworks presented at this show, you’ll find that the lines and subtle blue and pink highlights invite your senses to appreciate their forms. Delightful hands and soft, curvy hips are sensual and bare. Constructing a figure with a few graphite lines and suggestions within a 15 second application process is consistent with romantic philosophy. This, along with the nude models, was my inspiration for Through Lines and Color.

PII Gallery?

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I knew Monika Malczewska from The Flying Saucer, the coffee shop I owned and operated in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. My cafe was just a few short blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and seemed to fuel the atmosphere. I was able to make an unfamiliar patron feel at home because my coffee was amazing and I helped make a relaxed environment. Monika and I would have enlivening conversations about art and life, which some would find quite controversial.

We may look cool but be reassured this was one hot summer in the ‘City of Brotherly Love.’ I think she owes me an iced coffee..