Don Porcella

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Don Porcella’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the globe. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, LA Times, Hyperallergic, Vogue China, Fiber Arts Magazine, The Village Voice, Elle China, Design Boom, Juxtapoz, and Beautiful Decay to name just a few. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego; a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts; and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Porcella’s work is included in public and private collections across the globe and has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale in Italy. With 25 years of art teaching experience from kindergarten to college, Don has the background and experience to teach a variety of subjects with enthusiasm and real world application.

Artist Statement

I was born and raised in Modesto, California and inspired by nature, consumer culture, and science fiction. My work reflects my upbringing, which can be seen in my art that celebrates craft, folk, and outsider art. By creating paintings, sculpture, drawings, and installations from materials such as cardboard, puffy paint, crayons and pipe cleaners, I seek to transform these low-brow materials and elevate them to a high art context — simultaneously laughing at the human condition and presenting a unique world that is shamelessly awkward and unabashedly comical. My work often references art history, rampant consumerism, and alien conspiracy theories, which allows the subjective and strange to penetrate humorous representations of a wildly imaginative reality.