Peter Granados’s (b. 1989) paintings feel like immersive novellas. And, in a way, they are. He begins by writing a story and translating it into a series of little drawings—eventually adding select visual vignettes to the canvas, one by one. Many of his stories stem from his childhood in the “Fourth Way School”—a cultish esoteric organization founded by a Russian mystic—which gave Granados a sensitivity to the complex truths beneath seemingly idyllic scenes. While his whimsical brushstrokes and vibrant colors connote joyful tales, a closer look reveals a full spectrum of emotion: joy, yes, but also terror, jealousy, humor, sadness, and hope.