artist biography

Francis Palazzolo is an artist who brings awareness, critique and resistance to the many problems of polarization. His practice alters historically oppressive forms and formations through art. Within this reimagined space he organizes solo exhibits, curates shows, activates audiences, and cultivates opportunities for co-authorship.

Palazzolo's art practice is extensive. He presented his work at the New Museum, co-curated a show at the Museum of Modern Art and lectured at the Queens Museum. Reviews of note include Art Forum and the New York Times. Between 1994 and 2016, Palazzolo founded several New York City based art studios and galleries, where he also served as the Creative Director.

“In Transition” is Palazzolo’s current project at BronxWorks temporary emergency shelters. He and residents co-create Intersubjective Portrait Events, and together they lift individual residents' visibility and self-representation. In connection with this residency Palazzolo founded Being Neighborly, socially engaged art projects and exhibitions that offer opportunities for adults confronting social marginalization in New York City.

Palazzolo was born in New Jersey in 1960. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture at School of Visual Arts in 1984, and his Master of Arts at New York University’s Gallatin School of Independent Study in 2000, with a double major in Fine Art and Philosophy. His advisor was Bruce Ferguson, Dean of the School of Arts, Columbia University.

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