Paul Rousso began his studies at Ohio’s Cleveland Institute of Art and went onto earn his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 1981.
He takes on pop culture and its inherent conflicting sensibilities with hyper-size sculptural work in his document series using unique mixed media on acrylic. Reaching dimensions of up to 4′ x 5′ in scale, Rousso plays on the ironic act of discarding elements such as money, candy wrappers, and magazine pages.
For all of the production and manpower exerted in the crumpled appearance of these objects, Rousso’s satire lies in inflating their size to inescapable proportions.
His practical experience in visual art was kick-started with stints as art director and freelance illustrator for Revlon, Clairol, Condé Nast, and Bloomingdale’s. He was also commissioned for a special project with the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina and as part of an interior design team for the home of Robert De Niro. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Atlanta, Charlotte, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Miami.
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