About Alfonse Pagano
A self-taught artist from Paterson, NJ, Alfonse Pagano was an assistant to Len Lye in the 1970s before attending The School of Visual Arts and the New School in NYC. His work has been shown across the country at galleries and museums, such as the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas, and is held in various collections, including the Carnegie Mellon Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 1990 Pagano took up photography and co-authored a photojournalism book, “Dreads,” in 1999. With an introduction from Alice Walker the book published by Artisan/Workman Press is on its eighth printing.
Moving to Newark from NYC in 2011 led to a development of a new technique/language combining both disciplines of painting and photography.
Art remains as a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. Its power is in the possibility it offers to open, expand and maybe even change our minds. This plus an uncontrollable urge to make things are the primal motivators that drive me to continually search, learn, and generate a new language and technique to express myself in the work I make.
I have spent half my life as a painter and the other as a photographer. It feels only natural to me to combine these disciplines. The use of materials in my work is calculated and usually layered. I am often looking for avenues of the unexpected and just as I like to be surprised, provoking a participant to new and perhaps unexplored territory is my aim.