John Maggiotto

John Maggiotto is an artist living in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He studied Art History and Studio Photography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His true apprenticeship in fine arts took place at Hallwalls from 1977 to 1980, becoming the director in 1979. His work at Hallwalls, an alternative artists’ collective, lead to a three year position at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. In 1983, Maggiotto moved to Los Angeles where he exhibited his SX-70 Polaroid works at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA Institute for Contemporary Art, and the LA County Museum of Art. The work explored the television world of idealized roles through appropriated gestures and glances directly from the screen, all depicted in the painterly palette of Polaroid Instant film. These early works relied heavily on the grid for a sense of abundance and scale. In 1985 he moved to Brooklyn, NY, and abandoned traditional photo materials for marble and plaster, the viewer now had a more visceral reaction to the images. Using architectural tiles (usually 12″ sq.) he built collages around themes such as labor, love, and ambition. Poured emulsion layers, repeated images, and color underpainting portray the influences of Steichen, Muybridge and Warhol. As the art world caught upto the artists, and fully accepted the photograph,Maggiotto returned to the large print as the vehicle to frame his vision.



2008 Argazzi Fine Arts, Lakeville, CT 1988 NY Foundation for the Arts

2006 Argazzi Fine Arts, Lakeville, CT 1989 Art Matters, Inc

2005 Argazzi Fine Arts, Lakeville, CT

2003 Deborah Davis Fine Art, Hudson NY

2003 Gallery at Chappaqua Library, Chappaqua, NY

2001 The Studio Annex, NYC

2001 Industry, A Gallery, Tucson, AZ 1988 2000

2001 An American Space, NY, NY.

1990 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY

1985 White Columns, New York, NY

1984 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, (LACE)


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