DEBORAH OROPALLO Deborah Oropallo is an American artist best known for her digital montages. Morphing 17th and 18th-century European portraits with contemporary fashion images, Oropallo produces works which conflate history, symbolic meaning, and gender. “I use the computer as the tool, but painting is the language of deliberation that is running through my head,” she explained. “I do not want to just repaint an illustration of what the computer can do, but to push the pixels themselves as paint, and to layer imagery and veils to create depth and volume. Like painting, this process can engage nuance and subtlety.” Born in 1954 in Hackensack, NJ, she went on to study at Alfred University and later received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Earlier in her career, the artist mostly produced paintings from found images but over the years has evolved to incorporate digital technology. Oropallo continues to live and work in Berkeley, CA. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Boise Art Museum.


oil on canvas
76 x 67 in.
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