March 2012 Featured Artist Ken Vallario

Post Mondrianism by Ken Vallario

Post Mondrianism by Ken Vallario

Ken Vallario Truth?  You want the truth about me? That picture says a lot…I was the class clown of my school as well as the art club president. Most likely I have been labeled a low-level terrorist because of my non-violent activism, which equates to an adult form of class clowning…and the art world won’t have me cause I refuse to act like a slave. The art world, now that I’ve mentioned it, is a joke and I should know, I’m a jokester.  But they aren’t very funny.  I’m funny.

Visual artist and author Ken Vallario is a funny guy

Visual artist and author Ken Vallario is a funny guy

I’m also dead serious…about art, about truth and whether or not it exists, and about being a human being in a machine world. I love my family, especially my daughter who is the light of my life. That’s me in a nutshell…i’m not looking for fame…i’m looking for glory…if you don’t know the difference I can’t help ya!

Gallery 141 Ken Vallario is an artist from New Paltz, NY.  His work has shown in New York, Philadelphia and throughout the Northeast.  His work is an eclectic attempt to take the fractured elements of 20th century modernism and recombine them to form a constructive dynamic style suitable for our 21st century ambitions.

Ours is an age of deep complexity. Vallario responds to this complexity by attempting to re-imagine the centrality of the human being in a cosmos that gets more and more illusive with every advance in knowledge.

The struggle for identity and meaning in a world of parallel universes and post-modern deconstruction signals for Ken Vallario that the act of painting has become the highest form of philosophy.  As the anxiety of influence increases every day so does the need to transcend this with an alchemical breakthrough.  Commitment to humanity and an optimism about the future drives these works, as does a desire for honest one of a kind works, that stand alone, as fully developed expressive works.  Some of his more recent works like the one above, The Heart of Markets, are accompanied by essays that delve more deeply into his philosophy of 21st century art-making….read more

Singularity 1 by Artist and Author Ken Vallario

Chronogram At a time when the world seems so divided and everyone at odds, one artist dares to dream of a unity so grand it shakes the very core of the planet. It’s an optimism new to Ken Vallario’s work, but one he’s ready to embrace.

“As I get older I am consciously trying to make art to uplift people,” said Vallario.

Pangea Ultima, the title painting in his upcoming show at Qbix Art Gallery in Philadelphia, refers to the theoretical land mass scheduled to coalesce in 250 million years when the planet’s plates collide. The earth’s crust smashing together to form one supercontinent may sound apocalyptic to some, but for Vallario, the metaphor for the world coming together is a pregnant woman symbolizing planetary rebirth.

The painting is rich in symbols. The figure’s legs bisect the letters “W” and “E” that represent the west and east and together spell the word we. Three maps of the planet depict the supercontinent cycle. At the base of the painting in dark colors is the current divided state of the world. On her round stomach, like an ancient globe, is the former continent of Pangea. Above her head, like a halo, glows the future united world. Despite the positive message the figure sheds a giant tear.

Pangea by Ken Vallario

“Most of my work has a deep spiritual pain,” said Vallario. “My work reflects a very specific emotion, an existential love of life but at the same time the mystery and pain of being in the world.”
The bittersweet imagery is a signature of the work of Vallario, who constructs his shows like musicians compose their albums. “Every album has a great rock song they put on the radio,” said Vallario. “I wanted Pangea Ultima to be that title piece. The other works refer to other ideas I am working on. In every piece I’ll cover a variety of new feelings.” He creates a catalog of emotion. “I normally have something that is purely beautiful, something that is a little provocative, and something that covers an obscure idea I’m into,” said Vallario. Whatever the combination he tries to make each painting stand on its own so that viewers do not think they are seeing the same work over and over again.

With impending fatherhood and his upcoming one-man show at Qbix in Philadelphia, this New Paltz artist has plenty of reason to continue mining this optimistic vein.

Ken Vallario’s exhibition “Pangea Ultima” will open at the Qbix Art Gallery in Philadelphia, on October 5 and run through the end of the month.
(215) 625-2521; www.qbixart.com.

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Bio

BORN IN    

Miami, Florida    1975

GRADUATED    

B.F.A.  Florida State University 1997 – Big ups to Ed Love

LIVED IN NYC FOR 7 YEARS…THAT TAUGHT ME MORE THAN ANY GRADUATE DEGREE WOULD…AND I GRADUATED FROM THAT PROGRAM BY MOVING OUT TO THE COUNTRY…

I’ve had a bunch of shows, sold a bunch of paintings…I don’t like namedropping or namedroppers…

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