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Paolo Arao


Artist Statement

I make sewn fabric paintings and installations that are rooted in geometric abstraction. I am mending this lineage of abstraction through textiles; crafting a narrative that reflects my heritage and lived experience as a gay, Filipino-American.

Made with hand-dyed fabrics, second-hand clothing, and weathered canvas drop cloths, the works resemble flags or quilts, often carrying physical traces of the bodies that wore them, imbuing the work with an intimate, imperfect and handmade quality.

Color is vital to my work. My relationship to color is not passive. It is political, it’s personal, it’s emotional, it is felt and it is in my very being.

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Artist Biography

Paolo Arao is a Brooklyn-based, Filipino-American artist working in textiles. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (1999) and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000.) Arao has shown his work in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has presented solo exhibitions at David B. Smith Gallery (Denver), Glass Box (Seattle), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Franklin Artworks (Minneapolis), Jeff Bailey Gallery and Barney Savage Gallery (NYC.)

Residencies include: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), the Millay Colony, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, NARS Foundation, Wassaic Project, BRIC Workspace, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Fire Island Artist Residency. He is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine and Esopus.



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