Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga
Media: Drawing, Painting
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Nate is currently a senior from San Diego. He is in the Drawings and Paintings BFA program at CSULB. He used to be a kinesiology major after he graduated from high school and transferred here to study art. After he graduates he plans to pursue a job that he has lined up, but if that doesn’t work out he wants to go to grad school and acquire his credentials for teaching because he wants to be a full time teacher. He likes to work at night and enjoys working out, playing basketball, and hanging out with his family.
The art that has been showcased is very realistic and portrays images of Nate’s culture, family and past. He uses contemporary realism to paint landscapes and portraits and uses an oil paint medium to create composition. There are no clear defined lines in a lot of the paintings but they are painted in a way where you need to see the image from a distance to fully see what is going on. When seen up close, you can see the amount of colors and details that are painted into the canvas.
During the interview, Nate stated that a lot of his paintings are dealing with the social injustices and problems that are seen in his everyday life. He says that a lot of these paintings were inspired after his mom passed away. After such an experience he began to realize and see all the things that his mother wanted him to know about, and so he turned it into art. He also has portraits of his grandparents, so a lot of his work is influenced by family and the issues they had to deal with.
Synthesis / My Experience
Personally I was amazed by the paintings. I can see that Nate is super talented with his art form and I think he was very successful in expressing his message through his art. He mentioned that his favorite painting was the one of his house as a kid. I enjoy his art because it has a lot of sentimental and nostalgic value to it. He even said he doesn’t remember a lot of things very well but he tries his best to replicate it the way he remembers and I think it is a great way to stay connected with your roots. It speaks to me because it really reminds me of the family gatherings I used to have and my own relatives and family members.