Mike Piergrossi is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida in 1996. After three years in New York, Piergrossi started his graduate studies with New York University studying in Venice, Italy. He earned his Master of Art in Studio Art in 2001, and has continued to show his work regularly in exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Mike has participated in the POOL Art Fair in Miami and in New York, and was recently part of a survey exhibition titled, “Strange Glue: Collage at 100,” at the Thompson Gallery in Weston, MA. The show looked closely at the practice of collage in painting over the last 100 years.
Over the past few years I have been painting at a table in my tenement apartment in Greenwich Village. Working at home has overlapped my personal and professional space. When I start to work very little is predetermined; allowing myself the freedom to build a story directly on the picture plane. The structure and composition is achieved through what gets added, painted, or edited out. This selectivity, combined with the use of recycled ephemera, and textures calls to mind the compositions of Donald Baechler. I want my work to be sensuous; its painterly and plastic qualities consumed both visually and theoretically. I appropriate different themes and styles from the history of painting to create a complex commentary on my surroundings. Embedded within the surfaces of my paintings are the by-products of my life. Old clothing, pictures drawn by friends, found images, and objects from my travels, are some of the elements that are the foundation of my work. Robert Rauschenberg’s idea that the materials he used “were meant to be a record of an immediate environment and time” resonates within my work. The painted and collaged items in my paintings, both physically and metaphorically layer the ideas of family, leisure, consumerism, and art into the tale of my own existence.
b. 1974, Reading, PA
Lives and works in New York, NY