By: Noa Urbaitel, Outreach Coordinator
Paul Fabozzi has completed four new works that continue to exhibit and explore his geometric and architectural inclinations. The four paintings, entitled Col Tempo (Olympic Stadium, Berlin), Col Tempo (Galleries Lafayette, Berlin), Col Tempo (Kanyon, Istanbul) #1, and Col Tempo (Kanyon, Istanbul) #2, all use vibrant hues with varying degrees of opacity in order to create a sense of light and depth. These new paintings expand upon the ideas and inspirations conceived in his previous works and effectively augment the journey of his conceptual process.
Fabozzi cites his inspiration to architectural structures and trends in cities such as New York, Rome, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, London, and Berlin. “[My paintings and drawings] are a visual record of my intuitive reckoning with these spaces – a way of forcing them to look back at me.” The viewer gets a sense of being surrounded by sharp angles and sloping walls, as if they are looking at a building from a never before seen vantage point. The use of shadow and rich color that is present in each of his works gives the illusion of different locations at various times of day; the viewer may be transported to the Olympic Stadium in Berlin at noon, or Istanbul at sunrise.
Fabozzi paints not only in order to fully appreciate the architecture he views, but also to make intuitive connections between hard numerical data and the overwhelming artistry around him. “As the information about every conceivable part of our waking lives from every angle mounts and the structures of organizing this data become more complex, the body retreats. This work mirrors that retreat but at the same time celebrate what, for me, is the cornerstone of being – the simple act of breathing as I move through space.”
Fabozzi’s education includes a BFA from Alfred University, and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he studied at SUNY Buffalo in Siena, Italy and The University of Georgia at Athens in Cortona, Italy. He has been included in exhibitions across the world including New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Rome, London, and Vienna. His work has also been collected privately and publically, and can be seen at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Fidelity Investments, the University of Pennsylvania, the Forest City Commercial Group, The New York Public Library, and the San Diego Museum of Art. In 2005, he received a fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and he edited an anthology of essays on contemporary art entitled Artists, Critics, Context: Reading in and Around American Art since 1945 which was published by Prentice-Hall in 2002. Fabozzi currently works as a Professor of Fine Arts at St. John’s University in New York City.