Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the U.S. and in Berlin, Paris, and Copenhagen. Porcella’s art has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice to name a few. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Porcella’s work is included in public and private collections across the United States and Europe. Porcella has received grants from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. Porcella is a 2012 recipient of the competitive West Collects Prize and a 2014 recipient of the Swatch Art Residency in Shanghai.
Inspired by nature, consumer culture, and science fiction, Porcella’s work is highly-reflective of his upbringing; his artist mother and physician father made almost everything by hand, which can be seen in his art that celebrates craft, the hand-made, and folk and outsider art. Porcella’s interest in nature and human evolution came from exploring the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Now living and working in NYC, Porcella seems to be recalling his earlier experiences in an animalistic call of the wild. By creating paintings, sculpture, drawings and installations from materials such as handmade wax and woven pipe cleaners, Porcella seeks to transform these low-brow materials and elevate them to a high art context, while simultaneously laughing at the human condition and presenting a unique world that is shamelessly awkward and unabashedly comical. Porcella’s work often references art historical movements, America’s rampant consumerism, and alien conspiracy theories, which allows the subjective and strange to penetrate humorous representations of a wildly imaginative reality.
MFA, Painting/Drawing, CUNY Hunter College
BFA, Painting/Drawing, California College of Arts and Crafts
BA, Psychology, University of California San Diego
Don Porcella with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ozaneaux Artspace, NYC
Don Porcella: Seeing is Believing, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Don Porcella: Two Heads are Better than One, All Roads Gallery, NYC
Don Porcella: Everything and Nothing at All, Spattered Columns Exhibition Space, NYC
“Natural Selection” at Cain Schulte Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Don Porcella at Alphonse Berber Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Cave Dwellers” at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
Don Porcella at ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
Don Porcella at Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Don Porcella Project Space, New York Container Terminal, Staten Island, NY
Don Porcella Project Space, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
Don Porcella: Are We There Yet?, Stefan Stux Gallery, NYC
“Evolutionary Baggage” Project Space, NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, Stefan Stux Gallery
“Swimming Hole” Project Space, Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
“Strip Mall”, Werkstatte Gallery, NYC
Don Porcella at Planaria Gallery, NYC
Don Porcella at Big Pagoda, San Francisco, CA
Don Porcella at Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, Modesto, CA
Don Porcella at AE Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Don Porcella at Gensler, San Francisco, CA
Don Porcella at Zonal, San Francisco, CA
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Beyond Limits: 2014 Polish (Mediations) Biennale, Louisville, KY
Annual Textile Art Exhibition, Yukiko Kawase Gallery, Paris, France
Annual Textile Art Exhibition, Villa Como, Como, Italy
Weird World, ISE Cultural Foundation, NYC
Museum of Art and Design Annual Auction
A-Side/ B-Side, Rhombus Space, Brooklyn, NY
Typhoon Haiyan Philippines Relief Benefit, The Lodge Gallery, NYC
Sunshine & Demented Minds, Mulherin+Pollard, NYC 2011
NY Fiber Art in the 21st Century, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Bitches Brew, Galerie Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Auction, Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
Emerging Artist Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Brian Leo & Don Porcella, Christina Ray Gallery, NYC
Museum of Art and Design Annual Auction
In-flec-tion, Hudson Valley Contemporary Museum, Peekskill, NY
Gracias Por Pensar En Mi, Parque Cultural del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia
Make Believe, New Jersey City University Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey
Escape from New York, Paterson Arts Council, Paterson, New Jersey
Director’s Choice, Cain Schulte Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Lumen: International Video and Performance Festival, Staten Island, NY
Performance by Don Porcella at Robert Miller Gallery, NY, NY
Fountain Art Fair, Miami, FL
Art Miami at Art Basel Fair, Stefan Stux Gallery, Miami, FL
“Happy Hour” at ISE Cultural Foundation, NY, NY
“Playing Around”, Brattleboro Museum, Vermont Low Blow, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
10-Year Anniversary Exhibition, Mixed Greens, New York, NY
NEXT Art Fair Special Project, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Art Miami at Art Basel Fair, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
Bridge Art Fair, Berlin, Germany Cain Schulte Gallery
West Collection, Pennsylvania. “Evolutionary Baggage”
Hudson Valley Contemporary Museum Auction. Yvon Lambert Gallery, NY, NY
London Art Fair, London, England Yukiko Kawase Gallery.
Mixed Greens Gallery, NY, NY. Road Trip.
Florida State University Gallery, FL. All Systems Go
Yukiko Kawase Gallery, Paris, France.
Human Nature #2, New Trans-Species Fantasy. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Jack the Pelican Presents, East Hampton, NY.
Scope Hamptons Art Fair
JetArtworks, Washington, DC.
GO FIGURE! A group exhibition of contemporary figurative work. Michael Martin Gallery, SF, CA.
Michael Martin Foundation Annual Art Auction.
Spike Gallery, NY, NY. Reality Check.
Michael Martin Gallery, SF, CA. Group Show.
Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY, NY. Unframed, First Look.
Spike Gallery, NY, NY. 27 Emerging Artists.
October 2013 The James Kalm Report, Don Porcella at Ozaneaux Art Space
Jan. 2012 “Most Memorable of 2011, Don Porcella at Spattered Columns”, Terry Ward, M Magazine Dec. 2011 "Seeing the World on a Budget", featuring Don Porcella at the Museum of Arts and Design, The New York Times Nov. 2011 article on Don Porcella in InStyle Magazine Oct. 2011 review of Don Porcella solo exhibition in CRAFT Magazine Oct. 2011 review of Don Porcella solo exhibition in Fecal Face Oct. 2011 review of Don Porcella solo exhibition in Beautiful Decay Sept. 2010 New York Times review of IN-FLEC-TION at HVCCA Museum, Peekskill, NY Sept. 2010 Fecal Face, Don Porcella at Alphonse Berber Projects, San Francisco, CA Sept/Oct. 2010 Fiber Arts Magazine, “Fanciful Figures” Sept. 2010 Global Magazine review of “Natural Selection” at Cain Schulte, Berlin Sept. 2010 Art Business, Don Porcella at Alphonse Berber Projects, San Francisco, CA Jan. 2009, Beautiful Decay Magazine Review Jan. 2009, Supercraft: The New Insider Folk Art by Noah Sudarsky, NY Press April 2008, “Don Porcella at Stefan Stux Gallery” by Michael DeNiro, NY ARTS Magazine April 2008, “Kunst Gruppe Adores Neon” by Noah Sudarsky, Village Voice April 2008, “Armory 2008” Don Porcella is one of 3 best in show, ArtCal Jan. 2008, “Are We There Yet?” Art Review. Chelsea Now. Volume 2, Number 16. Aug. 2007, “Best in Show”, Recommendations by R.C. Baker, Village Voice Dec. 2007, “Featured Artist - Don Porcella”, Auberge Floue Magazine from Paris, France July 2005, “Nick Payne and Don Porcella”, Ken Johnson, NY Times Art Review
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2014 SWATCH Art Residency, Shanghai
2014 Grier School, Artist-in-Residence
2013 Ensworth School, Artist-in-Residence
2012 West Collect Prize
2012 Museum of Arts and Design, Artist-in-Residence
2011 Emerging Artists Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park
2011 DCA Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council
2010 DCA Premier Grant from COAHSI
2010 NYSCA Original Work Grant from COAHSI
2008 ISE Award, Japan
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The West Collection
NYC Industries for the Blind
Southern Queens Parks Association
Jean Pigozzi Collection
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Kevin Hearn, The Barenaked Ladies
David & Susan Marco
Joel & Sherry Mallin
Marc & Livia Straus
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