alfonse pagano

Newark, New Jersey, United States

Biography

Art remains a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. Its power is in the possibility it offers to open, expand and maybe even change our minds. This and a primal urge to make things are the main motivators that drive me to continually search, learn, and generate new ways to express myself in the work I make.

I have spent half my life as a painter and the other as a photographer. It feels only natural to me to combine these disciplines. The use of materials in my work is calculated and usually layered. I am often looking for avenues of the unexpected, and just as I like to be surprised, provoking a participant to new and perhaps, unexplored territory is my aim.

Art remains a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. Its power is in the possibility it offers to open, expand and maybe even change our minds. This and a primal urge to make things are the main motivators that drive me to continually search, learn, and generate new ways to...
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Exhibitions

Exhibits

2019

“All Politics are Local”
Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, Il

2018

“Rush to Relics”
Mana Contemporary

“In the Age Of Trump”
The Center for contemporary Polical Art
Washington DC

“Rituals and Identity” Anne Street Gallery, Newburg, NY

“One Year of Resistance” Untitled Space Gallery New York, NY

2008

“We Cover the Waterfront”
Seaport District Cultural Association, New York, NY

2005 “Dreads” WBGO Gallery, Newark,

2004 “Dreads” Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ

2003 “Dreads” Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ

2002 “Dreads” Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford CT

2001 “Dreads” University of Maryland, College Park, MD

1990 Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1989

“New American Talent”
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

Henri Gallery Washington, DC

1988

“Ten Americans”
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA

Concept Gallery, Pittsburg, PA

Henri Gallery, Washington, DC

1987 “PAPER PAPER PAPER”
Helios Gallery, New York, NY

1980 Paterson Arts Council, Paterson, NJ

One Man Show

1978 Synecia Arts, Middletown, NY

1989 “HARDTACK SUITE”
Wenger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989 RUMORS OF YOUTH
Concept Art Gallery
Pittsburg, PA

1982 “WORKS ON PAPER”
Zoma Gallery, New York, NY

1978 Synecia Arts Center, Middletown, NY

AWARDS

1975: Change Incorporated Grant

1989: NY Foundation of the Arts Grant

PROGRAMS

2019 Boot Camp (Immigrant Artist Mentor Program) NYFA

Exhibits

2019

“All Politics are Local”
Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, Il

2018

“Rush to Relics”
Mana Contemporary

“In the Age Of Trump”
The Center for contemporary Polical Art
Washington DC

“Rituals and Identity” Anne Street Gallery,...
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Press

DREADS co-authored published by Artisan/Workman
DREADS co-authored published by Artisan/Workman

Influences

A self-taught artist from Paterson, NJ, I was an assistant to Len Lye in the 1970s before attending The School of Visual Arts and the New School in NYC. My work has been shown across the country at galleries and museums, such as the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas, and is held in various collections, including the Carnegie Mellon Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1990 I took up photography and co-authored a photojournalism book, DREADS, in 1999. With an introduction from Alice Walker the book published by Artisan/Workman Press is on its eighth printing.

A move from NYC to Newark, NJ in 2011 inadvertently led to a development of a new technique forging both the disciplines of painting and photography.

A self-taught artist from Paterson, NJ, I was an assistant to Len Lye in the 1970s before attending The School of Visual Arts and the New School in NYC. My work has been shown across the country at galleries and museums, such as the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas, and is held in various c...
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alfonse pagano

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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