Wk 7- Artist Conversation

Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga

Exhibition: “SOCIAL”

Media: Oil on Canvas Paintings

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A


This week I decided to do my assignment on the exhibit known as social. The artist of the exhibit goes by the name of Nathaniel Paderanga. He believes that everyone has a story to tell. His exhibit consists of his story and memorable events that occurred in his life over the course of one year. I believe his idea was to show individuals how serious social events such as homelessness can be.


As I examined the art work I was instantly interested in finding out about the work. I noticed that the art mainly consisted of different people in different events. Although, I still wasn’t quite sure on what the art meant. I then began to analyze the actual quality of the work. In my opinion the art is extremely good. It is pretty obvious that the artist is passionate about painting and begging creative. I came to that conclusion due to the fact the the artist went into great details within his work. Overall I really enjoyed viewing his art work.


As I was walking through the exhibit I really analyzed the art work. At first I didn’t really quite understand the concept of the work, therefore I began to ask the artist a few questions. He explained to me that his work represents every day social issues. He also said that his work represents a few memorable events that occurred within his life, that also involved social issues. The art work itself, along with the concept of the work is quite brilliant in my opinion. His work is interesting not only because of the concept, but also because of the type of oil he used in order to create the art.


In conclusion, I really enjoyed this exhibit due to the fact that the art itself meant so much more than just art. It shows a story, it shows social issues, it shows how some struggle. Which is why I really enjoyed the art. It really just shows life within art, and I believe life is art, creating something way more meaningful than just a man holding a fishing pole.



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