About Steven Parrino
Steven Parrino was born in 1958 in New York (US), where he also passed away in 2005.
Steven Parrino is best known for his signature “misshaped” monochromes with slashed, torn or twisted canvases. He was also an established pioneer in performance and video art. His radicalism was borne out of a deep understanding of the history of the painting and the avant–garde. The “vibe of his work” derives from his other loves: Pop iconography and the subversive counter culture of the Hell’s Angels, the occult, the No Wave and punk rock movements. His commitment to the belief that “radicalism comes from content and not necessarily form” radiates throughout his artistic practice, where he utilizes all the disciplines of painting, photo collage, drawing, film, video and super-sonic performance. At the end of the 1980s, Parrino’s work began to diverge aesthetically. Never completely comfortable with the “Neo–Geo” label, his work took on a darker more monumental character, transforming the iconic monochrome painting into a fusion of historical tradition and the defunct notion of the avant-garde to become radical, nihilistic, pop sculptural objects.
Steven Parrino is represented by V1 Gallery.