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Paolo Arao

2019 Artist In Residence

Paolo Arao explores the queering of geometric abstraction through sewn paintings, fabric collage, and textile constructions. Using secondhand clothing, hand-dyed fabrics, and used canvas drop cloths, Arao creates compositions of bold color and repeated geometries that disrupt perceived symmetries and ask audiences to reconsider their expectations of what queerness looks like. At MAD, Arao created a series of multidimensional works that are intimate in scale.

Arao has presented solo exhibitions at Glass Box, Western Exhibitions, Barney Savage Gallery, Franklin Artworks, and Jeff Bailey Gallery. Arao is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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