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Joseph J. Laurro

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bird, 2012 Mixed Media On Paper 18"X24" © Joseph Laurro
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Black Rabbit, 2012 Ink, Wax & Graphite On Paper 11"X14" © Joseph Laurro
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Black Angel with Blue Birds, 2016 Oil On Canvas 20"X16" © Joseph Laurro
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the bather/ saint in the water, 2016 Oil On Canvas 24"X18" © Joseph Laurro
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Rochester, NY
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Schools
SUNY New Paltz, New York, 1993, BFA Painting
Tags
figurative, mixed-media, video-art, performance, photography, exhibition/performance
Statement

"Art making has always been my place of refuge and exploration, a place I found anything possible. I did not always know what it would look like, but I knew I could do it. Painting for me is visceral. There is an intuitive response in the process I find very challenging. Often lyrical, images are developed along with the re-contextualized and imaginary. My love for nature, animals, the ocean and dance are never far from hand. Oil, enamel, flashe paints, printing ink, graphite & charcoal are among some of my materials." In 2013 Joseph's paintings were chosen for Curate NYC. His work was also featured by Rachael Thomas, the Senior Curator/Head of Exhibitions of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin). In 2014 Joseph was interviewed for Brooklyn Independent Media (BRIC) "On Air" with Sheba Legend. He has exhibited locally and nationally, including; The Mercer Gallery, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Collette Blanchard Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery and Local Projects. He remains committed to art-making and the idea that the arts are a vital, necessity in communities & a healthy world. Recently, Mr. Laurro has enjoyed working as a guest Teaching-Artist in the NYC schools.

Recent Works with Saatchi

http://www.saatchiart.com/josephlau...

Exhibitions:

2015 NYSpirit Publication

2015 The Salon Show
Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014- Brooklyn Independent Media (BRIC) 
"On Air" 15 Minutes Project 
with Sheba Legend

2014 Open Studio's- Ditmas Park. 
Brooklyn, NY

2014 The Salon Show
Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Curate NYC Exhibition with Guest Curator: Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator/Head of Exhibitions
Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin)

2013 The Salon Show
Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Humans, Words & Animals. 
Local Project, NYC Curator; Carolina Penafiel

Curate NYC Executive Producers- Danny Simmons & Brian Tate

2013 Open Studio's- 
Ditmas Park. Brooklyn, NY

2013 360° Dance Company, Art Exhibition 
Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater NYC

2013 Saatchi Art, 
Chief Curator; Rebecca Wilson 
Featured Works

2012-2014, 6x6 annual exhibit 
RoCo Rochester, NY

2013 Guest Artist, Talk with Q&A
SUNY College at New Paltz, NY

2012 The Legacy Exhibition, 
The Art Gallery at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO

2011 ASHES TO BEAUTY; Hope for Haiti
The Dumbo Loft, Brooklyn, NY

2010 SOAPBOX II; The Laundromat Project,
Collette Blanchard Gallery, NYC

2010 In The Midst,
Bread & Roses Gallery, NYC

2009 SOAPBOX; The Laundromat Project, 
Envoy Enterprises, NYC

2002 Deviations; 
Curated by Jon Tomlinson, 
Nigel Hamill Gallery, NYC

2001 Solo Exhibition- Paintings
Mercer Gallery- Rochester, NY

1997 Painting & Drawing,
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 
New Paltz NY 

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