May 4 - 5 , Site: 79
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
"Painting is a primal process of the mind and body melding materials into real images, into objects that are experienced and felt beyond a simple window to the world. My portraits reflect upon not only the sitter and the medium, but also the nature of portraiture in the digital age. I use subjects that I am familiar with that strike deep emotion or memory. I work from video, video stills and my memory to embody an expressive yet controlled portrait. Although I use digital technology to carefully record the sitter and analyze the movement and expression of the individual these works are more of an antithesis to the spectacle of the imagery that we are subjected to today through our society's addiction to digital information. I use color to convey emotion, to bend and pull the figure in a formal manner, to satisfy the composition. The mark of the brush is important in both its gesture and its depiction."
Andy Muonio is a long time Bay Area artist with a BS in Illustration, a BFA in Pictorial Art and an MFA in Pictorial Art all from San Jose State University. After a career in illustration, graphic design, and creative management, Andy turned to fine art and teaching. He has taught at Evergreen Valley College, SJSU, NDNU, and Cañada College as well as the Community School of Art in Mountain View and The Palo Alto Art Center. Retiring last year from of his college teaching position as Assistant Professor of Art at Cañada College.