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Keith Perelli

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New Orleans

Birth year
b. 1968

Works in
New Orleans


University of New Orleans, 1987, BA
University of Cincinnati, 1992, MFA

Representing galleries

surrealism, realism, mixed-media, figurative, Monotypes, printmaking-monotypes, monotype




1. Build Detail 2006, 2. trespass, 3. Relieving the Sore Minds Quiet Mouths, 4. Quilting the Discomfort of His Past, 5. Arbor, 6. Shield 300 portraits combined into one, 7. Not Here Pansy, 8. Broken detail, 9. Liquid Albinism detail #2

Inquiries, Contact: Keith Perelli, keithaperelli@gmail or Gallery link below


Keith Perelli b. 1968

1994 MFA, Painting and Sculpture, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1991 BA, Painting and Printmaking, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Keith Perelli is an artist working in painting and printmaking with a specialization in monotype painting.  His figurative mixed media work focuses on socio-political and personal themes of conflict and discord.  He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and teaches painting and drawing at New Orleans Center for Creative Art, a pre-college conservatory for the arts.  In addition to seven solo exhibitions in New Orleans, he has had solo exhibitions at Found Gallery Los Angeles, California and Nau-haus Art Space, Houston, Texas.  His work has been featured internationally in Innsbruck, Austria by invitation of the University of New Orleans, and in Italy in the cities of Como and Milan by invitation of Artist Alan Kaprow and the Ratti Foundation. His work was also featured in “Culture of Queer,” Leslie Lohman Foundation, New York, NY and an exhibit titled “Hurricane Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis,” at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado by invitation of Arthur Roger Gallery. He was awarded a commission for a public works project on Canal Street in New Orleans in 2010.  Mr. Perelli has received numerous grants and Individual Fellowships from the SURDNA Foundation, Louisiana Division of the Arts and Ratti Foundation.  He has studied with artists Alan Kaprow and Ron Pokrasso through fellowship awards.  His work will be featured in Tianjin, China this summer as part of an exhibit of American Contemporary figurative realism at the Huitai Art Center of Tianjin. A mid-career survey of his was exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana in the summer of 2012. A traveling exhibit of his paintings and monotype collages were featured at gallery 308 in Muncie Indiana, Southeastern Louisiana University in 2013 and later at Delgado Community College, New Orleans and Fairfield University, Fairfield, NY in 2014.


Keith Perelli is an artist working in painting, drawing and printmaking with an emphasis in mixed-media collage and monotypes.  His figure-based narratives fuse illusory realism, abstraction and naturalism.  His work most often focuses on the social, political, sexual and environmental proclivities of man.  His fascination and research of figurative art, observational painting and biology imbue the work with moments of tangible clarity within an otherwise complex tapestry of linear drawing and his penchant for the abstract mark.  Perelli renders his figures as though they were stripped, dissected and inextricably woven into environments of their own making.  His figures dissolve into space sometimes rendering them limbless, thus compromising their stability while amplifying their vulnerabilities.  He intentionally interrupts space with lines, flat shapes and the physicality of the collage materials to remind us of the surface as though it were a façade of our projected psyche. The environments are perhaps just as telling of the mood and gesture of the figure as the subject itself.  This duality, further adds to the ideas explored in his work that play more to presenting a narrative psychological dilemma than resolving one or being didactic.  Perelli says, “One of the biggest challenges of my work is knowing when to edit, before I expose every intimacy of what I find captivating about the subject.”  For the past four years he has investigated the monotype process as a source of inspiration and challenge to his experience as a painter.  He is interested in this particular printmaking technique due to its ability to record and transfer the near photo exactness of natural forms and the textural nuance of each painterly mark.  As a lover of all that is beautiful and cruel in nature, Perelli sees the potential of using actual organic and man-made environmental detritus as both mark-making tools and objects in themselves.  His creations weave e is intrigued by much of what we see is filtered through the siphon of one’s experience.  His creations therefore require a certain willingness and participation of the viewer to find links between our behaviors and environments of which these actions were influenced.




2013            Mobile Museum of Art, Front and Center Exhibition Space, Mobile, AL

2012            Keith Perelli: A survey of Figurative Works, Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, LA 



2013            Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery, “Process, Print and Paint:

                    A Survey of Work by Keith Perelli” Hammond, LA

                    Muncie Indiana, Keith Perelli, Works in Paint and Print. Muncie, IN

2012            Mosquito Muerto, Large Scale Monotype Collages, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2011            Perforate, Monotypes and Paintings, Nau-haus Art space, Houston, TX

2010            Empathy, Monotypes and Paintings, Nau-haus Art space, Houston, TX

2009            Monotypes, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2008             Return and Profile Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2007            Return Series, Found Gallery, Los Angels, CA

2006            Empire Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2003            Structures and Homeland Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2001            Limbo, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1999            Our Father’s Gifts, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1997            Skein Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1994            Myso-Physio-grams, Insitu Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

                    Myso-Physio-grams Thesis Exhibit, Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH



Evacuate #2 oil on paper on wood, 2006  Waiting, oil on paper on wood, 2006



2013            True Colors, LGBT Inaugural Pride Exhibition, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

2012            Wax On, Works by Louisiana Encaustic Painters, St, Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA

2011             Conscience, Laura Richens Curator, Tulane University, Newcomb Art Cent. New Orleans, LA

2010            Figurative Works, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

2008             40 Days and 40 Nights, Group Exhibit, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, LA

2007             Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis, Curator, Michael DeMarsche, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO

2006            Culture of Queer, Curator, David Ruben, Leslie/Lowman Collection, NY, NY

2005            Culture of Queer, Curator, David Ruben, CAC, New Orleans, LA

2004             3 UNO Alumni Works on Paper, Curator, Doyle Gertjajensen, Innsbruck, Austria

2003             River fest Exhibition, Curator, Preston Gilchrest, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

1997             Foundation Ratti Exhibition, Curator, Allan Kaprow, Via Farini Gallery, Milan, Italy

1996            "29th Anniversary, Contemporary Art Center," New Orleans, LA

                     Create and Collect, Curators UC Faculty, Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1995             Strange Angels, Curator, Marion Wilson, Syracuse, NY

1994             AIDS Remembrance and Tribute, Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1993             Artists React to Issue #3, Curator, Robert Brasier, Insitu Gallery, Cincinnati, OH




2010    Art melt 2010, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

            1st Annual Print Show, Louisiana Artworks, New Orleans, LA

            Southern Printmakers, Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond, LA

            Southeastern University of LA, President’s Residence Exhibition, Curator, Dale Newkirk, Hammond, LA

2009     22nd September Exhibition, Curators 1st Place Award, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

             Studio Visit, Juried Catalog of US Artists, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA

             Southeastern University of LA, President’s Residence Exhibition, Curator, Dale Newkirk, Hammond, LA 2008             

             20" x 20" x 20" Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA.

2004      Louisiana Artists, Louisiana State University Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2005      Louisiana Open, Curator, Deborah Haas, CAC, New Orleans




2010-12 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition, Kirschman Art Space, New Orleans, LA

2010       Bento Box/ NOCCA Faculty exhibition, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

2010       ’08, ‘06, ‘04, ‘02, ‘99, ‘98 d.o.c.s. Gallery Group Exhibition, D.O.C.S. Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2009

                The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA            

2001         NOCCA Exchange, Vaclav Art School, Prague, Czechoslovakia

1998         And She Series, SOHO Gallery, Featured Artist Exhibition, Pensacola, FL

1997          Fondazioni Ratti, Course Exhibition, Ex Church of San Francesco, Como, Italy

1996          The She Series, Carols Corner Café, Cincinnati, OH

1995          Awareness ’95, Cage Galley, Cincinnati, OH

1994          DAAP Works, Wolfson Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Males reflecting, monotype collage on wood, 28" x 36" 2009 This and other pieces that focus on urban casualties, were part of series exploring dilemma’s in neglect and cycles of poverty.

Shield, oil on aluminum riveted, 54" x 48" x 1/32" 2004 This work features tiny honorary portraits of the first 300 soldiers to die during the Iraq War. I wanted to bring a face to the fallen soldiers whose stories and lives were not questioned as failures of the Bush Administrations failure to equip and anticipate the determination/ psychology of invading a Sovereign nation.



2012         Keith Perelli, World Famous Contemporary Painter Series, Tianjin yangliuqing Fine Arts Press, 60 pgs 4000 copies

                 printed in edition.

2013         The Art of Man, Magazine, Feature Article. Firehouse Publications. Eric Gibbons 



2009            New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, A Studio by the Water, Gecan, Alex, April, p. 48-53

                     Art New Orleans, “Tapestry of Symbolism and Surrealism,” Kronowitz, Deborah, Fall, p. 30-35

2001            New Orleans Magazine, “people to Watch,” Depp, Michael, New Orleans, LA, July, p.49

                     Gulf Coast Arts Review, “Keith Perelli,” Goeke, Marlene, New Orleans, LA Mar. 3, p. 12-14



2012            Undercover, Maryland Institute College of Art, Gallery,  Baltimore, Maryland

2011            Juror, 23rd Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, LA

2010            President’s Residence Exhibition, University of South Eastern Louisiana, Hammond LA

2009            Studio Visit, Juried Exhibit in print, Open Studios Press, March Edition, 2009

                     22nd September Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

                     President’s Residence Exhibition, University of South Eastern Louisiana, Hammond LA

2006            Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis, Curator, Arthur Roger, Michael DeMarsche, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center,    

                     Colorado Springs, Colorado p. 24

2005            The Culture of Queer, A tribute to J. B. Harter, Rubin, David, S. p. 15, 16, 35, 37, 48,

1999            Kaprow, Fondazione Ratti, Daneri, Anna and Vettese, Angela,  Skira Press, p. 121, 123, 143



2013  , Selected as Louisiana Representative, Launch 2013


2012  , Advocate Magazine Online, Artist Spotlight, Christopher Harrrity


Envelop, 26" x 26" oil on panel, 2006

Recent Exhibits

Keith Perelli participated in these exhibits:

May, 2013 Of Paint and Paper; Figurative Works
Gallery 308
Feb, 2012 Under Cover
Decker Gallery
Jan, 2012 Under Cover
MICA - Maryland Institute College of Art
Mar, 2008 20"x20"x20" National Compact Exhibition.
LSU Union Art Gallery
Sep, 2007 Return: Keith Perelli
Found Gallery
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