Paul Pinzarrone started off playing classical piano, studying biology and pre-medicine chemistry. He detoured playing keyboard in various rock & roll bands, playing piano for musicals, singers and dancers and worked as an orderly in a trauma center emergency room and surgery. He studied art history and painting at the University of Illinois, earning a BFA Painting with Highest Honors.
Paul taught drawing and design at Rockford and Rock Valley Colleges, exhibited at juried contests and galleries in Chicago, Miami, Louisville, Muskegon MI, Ohio and New Orleans. Exhibitions include Art Institute Biennial, Butler Institute of American Art, Gilman Gallery, Horwich Gallery, Union League Juried and Zhou B Art Center [Chicago].
Earlier work included film photography, acrylic and airbrushed lacquer constructions on the back side of clear Plexiglas. Always trying to match the process to the imagery, Pinzarrone explored the science-fiction look of spraying bronzing powders with layers of acrylic lacquers for an inaccessible, reflective presentation. Film photography transitioned to digital while today’s airbrush is an electronic version with Photoshop and other digital painting methods. To be “art”, Pinzarrone contends that it must be new….. new version of a Vermeer or Michelangelo or Titian using digital photos, photoshop and fractal software, printed on Plexiglas or high gloss aluminum. It must have a new look, using new materials, presenting a new approach to how great masters saw life.
Current work includes numerous texture-free digital layers, photographic manipulation and a high gloss machined-looking flat piece. The viewer tries to solve puzzles of why the figures are emotionless and passive, all expressions have been wiped away with most wrinkles and blemishes. The figure’s skin is Pinzarrone’s canvas now, drawing from Titian and other master themes and poses. Tensions are explored to pull in the viewer to wonder if it is a photograph or fabricated reality. Craftsmanship counts.
Selected recent Juried exhibitions include Freeport Area Art Museum, Midwestern Regional Juried, Harvard Starline Juried, many Exhibition Without Walls and Light Space Time Juried shows, Adam and Eve National Juried, Emotion and Energy of Color National, Art Scene Today themed contests, Reinventing Ourselves National Juried, Future So Bright International Juried, Creek Gallery Juried.
Selected recent Invitational and solo exhibitions include 3-person Artery Mid-coast Fine Arts, solo shows at Beloit Fine Arts Incubator and DeLuna Gallery. Work was shown at the fall and Spring ArtScene invitationals, Invitational Aeon Gallery and various Artist Portfolio quarterly or themed contest.