Ron Pokrasso

Ron Pokrasso

Ron Pokrasso

 

Ron Pokrasso has been an exhibiting artist, printmaker and educator for more than 40 years. He received his MFA degree from Pratt Institute in 1975 and has had over 50 solo exhibitions. His work is in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and has been featured in a number of books and magazines. For 11 years Pokrasso owned and directed Graphics Workshop (gifted to The College of Santa Fe in 1993). 

His teaching experience includes universities, museums, public schools and private workshops as well as Artist Residencies in the U.S., Scotland, Ireland and Italy.  Ron Pokrasso currently owns and directs the Galisteo Street Studio, a Fine Art Printmaking facility in Santa Fe, NM. The recent building of a new studio in Santa Fe has spurred a kind of re-invention for Pokrasso: 

“With a refreshed energy and a synthesis of old ideas I find myself gravitating again to the figure, landscape, and various icons but with a desire to convey a level of anticipation and mystery.”

Seldom do I try to portray a literal visual meaning. It is more important to allow content to come through me in the working out of a successful composition. This relationship with my art falls somewhere between taking full control and just letting things happen. The result is an exploration of balance between frenzied paint scribbling and the tight rendering of a tree; between the regularity of black and white lettering and a multi-colored paint palette. I like to juxtapose seemingly unrelated or competing elements to create visual and technical contrast. I have a conversation with the piece as it unfolds. As the work takes on its own personality, it lets me know where it needs to go and I attempt to get it there. “

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
    Art in Public Places Trust; Metro Dade, FL
    Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
    Chicago Public Library; Chicago, IL
    Guilford College; Greensboro, NC
    Harwood Foundation; Taos, NM
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
    Hunterdon Art Center; Clinton, NJ
    International Print Biennial; Cabo Frio, Brazil
    Museum of Fine Art; Santa Fe, NM
    Oklahoma Arts Institute; Quartz Mountain, OK
     Pacific Northwest College of Art
    Riverside Art Museum; Riverside, CA
    Riverside City College, Riverside, CA
    Sacred Heart University; Fairfield, CT
    Scripps College; Claremont, CA
    State University of New York; College at Brockport, NY
    U.S. Department of State; La Paz, Bolivia
    Westmont College; Santa Barbara, CA