I use a variety of materials in order to push the confines of printmaking to reinvent, rather than reproduce an image. Allowing an idea to emerge organically through curiosity, I manipulate ink and paper to create unexpected results that distort and redefine. I start with something expected, like a portrait, 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.

  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.