My name is Ian Paratore. I am a mixed media artist, born and raised in San Francisco, and after learning to love other west coast cities, and living in New York and Madrid, I am back living by the Bay, in nature-filled California. I work with paper, and create art with anything on its way to disregard; never using brand new materials.
My work serves as a reminder to be critical, pointing to the finite nature of our lives, comforts, and surroundings, to foster urgency. I collage using only upcycled materials to allude to the disposable nature of our consumerism. My undergraduate years were full of the social sciences and taught me about the meaning of sustainability. Renewable energy became a focus of mine, but the money-oriented decision making of the energy industry deterred me from pursuing a career there. After spending some years in education, art was my way back into promoting a sustainable consciousness. In my work, you'll find like images meshing together to create symbols and visual puzzles.
Sometimes my work is thoroughly mapped out, other times it is more free flowing, and maybe it is simply the images that had risen to the tops of surrounding piles. I am inspired by individuals, young and old, who have accomplished amazing things, who had the courage to commit to a big change in their lives, or maybe to face a fear of heights. These people choose growth over comfort. A macro focus on constant improvement will start with brave individuals blazing the trail. I aim to help make those kinds of leaps more conceivable, with conversation and art.
Ian took visual arts classes as a teenager, but only returned to art after his baseball years as an undergraduate.
He studied renewable energy and ecducation at UC Berkeley, and moved around the country after graduation. In 2019, Ian taught English in a high school outside of Madrid, Spain, and strarted to devote more time to his art practice.
"Used things are neglected, and become labled as trash far too soon. I arrange them with the hope of something new and interesting. I started with magazines and sometimes I take those paper principles to other mediums.
New surfaces, new glues, different manipulations of paper, apparel, prints, and even live performances are in my future."
Collage is rooted in Cubism and Dadaism via Picasso and Braque in the 1910s. Right from collage's inception, part of using disregarded materials was to question a definition of fine artsociety’s tendency to detach fine art from ordinary objects.
Bender's Bar and Grill
Oakland Art Library - Oakland
Full Article on Art Rentals & NFTs
Rolo - San Franciscos
"Corona Virus" the Music Video
All Visual Arts International Contest
3rd Place - Creative Art Catagory
La Ducha Fria en Invienro
Cafe la Palma - Madrid
San Francisco y Madrid
La Tuerta - Madrid
One Tree Planted Fundraiser
Don Buri - Madrid
Pintapiés - Madrid
Is bending over to pick up a penny worth it? I put 10,000 together, with help; all heads-up, for luck. It was a busy Sunday morning and people asked questions. The money was swept up for a good cause.
Untitled, Mockingbird - Nashville
What do you want on yours? I'll bring you images. Scissors. Irons. Drinks. Music. Collaboration. The event's purpose is to help share and spread creative energy.
National Harm Reduction Coalition
The Center for Asian American Media
Austrailian Red Cross Relief and Recovery