the artist

Paul Santoleri

Paul Santoleri

Philadelphia, PA

Paul Santoleri

Bramble is about the way we live.  Santoleri believes we must find a balance between our existence and the natural world, both within and without.  These tiles are images from observation of the nature on his walks back and forth to the Kohler factory in Wisconsin, where he made this piece.

The lines in Bramble are lines of a path, in every direction, the color is simple: black-and-white, like words in a book, something you can read.  In lines, we get lost and maybe found at the same time.

There is order within the squares: the pattern of the tiles, but there is a frenzy on the surface, there is a wildness about our nature, something we are inclined to subvert but it does come to the surface.  The line takes us down a path, of life, takes us down a path in the woods, takes us down into the depths of our understanding, existence, direction, chance, change.

Fast Facts

Name: Paul DiFuria Santoleri


Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1987 B.F.A. (Painting) – Tyler School of Art, Temple University
1991, M.F.A. – University of Arizona

Significant or special training:
1990~ FRESCO Assistantship – Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
1992 (patina, finishing) – Artworks Foundry

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Robert Colescott
Stephen deStaebler
Peter Gourfain
Richard Cramer

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Jean DuBuffet
George Herriman
Oyvind Fahlstrom
Marcel Duchamp
Sandro Botticelli
Heironymus Bosch
Brian Eno
Olafur Eliasson
James Turrell
Ai Weiwei
Claus Oldenburg

Favorite materials or media:
Gouache color

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Galerie Ligne13 – Paris, France

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