CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
Sage Paisner, has a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in the Photography and Media department. Paisner records family, friends and mentors using video and photography. He travels to specific places and communities in Northern New Mexico, Los Angeles and South Dakota with a “4 x 5 “ camera, positive negative film and a jug of water. Sage works in the field and also works in the studio using a gray backdrop. Sage’s real passion is the portrait and its ability to create a connection and reaction from the subject, viewer and artist. Sage has extensive background in photography, sculpture, metalwork, jewelry, glass design, graphic design and printmaking. Paisner studied with Patrick Nagatani and Joyce Neimanas at the University of New Mexico and earned an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude focus in photography in 2006. Recruited to be the first photographer in the Oppressionist Art Movement spearheaded by American Indian Leader Russell Means, Sage Paisner’s nude self-portrait photographs explore oppression and having to hide to continue spiritual practice. Sage Paisner is a curator known for the annual “Mentor’s Alchemy” exhibits at the ASA Gallery in Albuquerque, and has exhibition installation experience at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Sage was born in Oregon in 1982, grew up in Navajo Nation and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was Athlete of the Year at Santa Fe High for wrestling, football and track in 2001. His photographs have been published in The Magazine, Southwest Art and many other publications. Sage Paisner is Director of Photography for Paisner Brothers Studios, whose debut feature film “Rejection” with Gary Farmer premiered in 2009 at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
Contact Sage at SagePaisner@aluml.calarts.edu or call #505 470-2582.