John DiPaolo - Step Up, 2015

John DiPaolo/ John DiPaolo

United States 1946

Abstract Art

John DiPaolo
John DiPaolo
Male
United States
1946

John DiPaolo is an American abstract artist, born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the leading abstract artists in the United States. DiPaolo was a realist in the beginning, but he shifted to abstraction early in his career.

Art by John DiPaolo

John DiPaolo - Blueband, 2015 - Striker #6, 2015
John DiPaolo – Blueband, 2015 / Striker #6, 2015

John DiPaolo received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1974, and his MA from San Francisco State University in 1977. He moved from Brooklyn, New York to San Francisco in 1971 so he could attend San Francisco Art Institute. As many artist abandoned abstraction in those years, a wish to explore abstraction and all of its possibilities was born in DiPaolo. For him, unknown is keeping excitement at high level, as he possesses the guts to paint out elements that are showing potential. The artist’s originality is maybe the most important aspect of his work, something that can’t be seen too often in contemporary abstraction.

Art by John DiPaolo

John DiPaolo - Back Before Dark, 2012 - Incendiary - Striker #4, 2014
John DiPaolo – Back Before Dark, 2012 / Incendiary: Striker #4, 2014

The ultimate goal of DiPaolo is to uncover the universal, something that is described as the spirit of the panting. The artist barely manages to keep control of his work. If he thinks that he clearly knows what he wants, something deep within him, his subconscious takes over, the work simply takes over. There lies the only, if can be called that, a weakness, of DiPaolo’s work. The effect that is produced by the paintings is drawing its energy not from the artist, not from the source of inspiration, but from the act of making the painting itself.

Art by John DiPaolo

John DiPaolo - Untitled, 2014 - Striker #3, 2014
John DiPaolo – Untitled, 2014 / Striker #3, 2014

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

John DiPaolo lives and works in San Francisco.

All images courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016John DiPaoloDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Selections from Permanent CollectionCrocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CAGroup
2012John DiPaoloDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2010New paintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Juicy PaintSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2008New paintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2006Recent paintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Recent paintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2003Di Napoli SkybridgeSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2002Visions 1982-2002 John DiPaolo RetrospectiveBank of America, San Francisco, CASolo
2002Spring ExhibitThe Heritage Fine Arts Collaborative, San Jose, CAGroup
2001John DiPaoloDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1999John DiPaoloDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1997John DiPaoloAndrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1996UnknownSan Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1995UnknownD.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CAGroup
1992John DiPaoloAndrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1991UnknownAllan Stone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1990John DiPaoloBank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CASolo
1989Six Italian-America ArtistsMuseo Fort Mason Center, San FranciscoGroup
1988UnknownIvory/Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1984Faculty Spring ExhibitDe Young Museum Art School, San FranciscoGroup
1983UnknownSan Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CAGroup
1982John DiPaoloMuseo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CASolo
1982UnknownSan Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CAGroup
1981UnknownSan Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CAGroup
1981New ArtistsDana Reich Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1980UnknownSan Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CAGroup
1980UnknownThe Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Downtown Center, CAGroup
1979John DiPaoloLucien Labaudt Art Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1979Italian-American ArtistsMuseo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CAGroup
1976Bi-Centennial Landscape ExhibitionCapricorn Asunder Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1973UnknownAlmond Rod Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1964UnknownLever House Museum, New York, NYGroup