Paul Rusconi (born 1965, California) is an American contemporary artist who began as a Post-War and contemporary art dealer based in Los Angeles.
Life and work
Raised in Santa Cruz, California, Rusconi studied at Pepperdine University, and is now living and working in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles based artist Paul Rusconi investigates the portrait with his own photo-based images as well as found or sourced images from popular culture. His work is a digital screening process often combined with nail polish, oil paint, engine enamel and monochromatic photography. The work is layered and framed. The shadow image on the monochromatic photographic is a simple projection through the Plexiglas. There is no image on the actual photograph until one is projected on it by the digital screen. His own photography is used for images that create a grey scale from blue, magenta, yellow and black. Up close all that is evident are colorful dots - and from about 12 feet away - those dots turn into a grey scale or what looks to be a black and white image. This notion came from the observation that a grey-scale could be created from color and therefore such a grey-scale could be broken down into color. Closely observing the surface, one can see that it is composed of a geometric pattern that recalls the benday dots of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. The subjects have included artists, musicians, politicians and currently with his fascination of pop-culture and its huge and wide-reaching skate sub-culture Rusconi focuses his current group of portraits on today’s 14 most influential skateboarders in the world.
Untitled (No Way Out) features an image of Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes from a magazine cover. The solid background reflects the shadow of the silkscreen. Untitled (Tyra) is a contemporary glamour portrait featuring a vignette of model Tyra Banks.
His works are represented in various notable private and public collections, including The Batonga Foundation, Washington, DC, The Weisman Museum at Pepperdine, Malibu, CA , The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Interface Foundation, the Castilla Foundation, Madrid and the Carnegie Art Museum, Photos and Phantasy: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, March 8, 2008 – May 18, 2008, and 20th Century Fox, Los Angeles, CA.,