wayne montecalvo

I work with image, process, and a variety of materials in order to push the confines of artmaking to reinvent, rather than reproduce an image. Allowing an idea to emerge organically through curiosity, I manipulate the medium and the materials to create unexpected results that distort and redefine. I start with something expected, and end up with something mysterious, aiming for singular or unique outcomes within a defined image. Taking a painterly approach gives me the option for discovery by welcoming chance occurrences to create a new way to see a familiar object. I consider my portraits aren't realluy about a person, perhaps not a portrait at all, but instead, go beyond that to someplace else, to a place where the figure or the person is not the focus of the piece. My goal is to end up with something that I didn't know was in my head to begin with.

Wayne Montecalvo is a multi-disciplinary artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives and maintains his studio in Rosendale, New York. Wayne’s work has been featured in solo and two-person exhibitions at The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper, Yamakawa, Tokushima, Japan; Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY; and CHRCH Project Space, Cottekill, NY. Wayne’s awards and honors include the 2016 Awagami Artist-in-Residence Program in Japan; Two Full Fellowship Awards from the Vermont Studio Center; Two Residencies at the Frans Masereel Zentrum voor Grafiek, Kasterlee, Belgium and the John Michael Kohler Foundation Arts/Industry Artist-in-Residence, Sheboygan, WI. From 1998-2013 Wayne taught in the Art Department at the State University of New York, New Paltz campus. Additional teaching and related experience include R&F Handmade Paints, Pilchuck Glass School, the Printmaking Center at the College of Santa Fe, and Bard College.