Photography:  Rafael Soldi ©   2016      CONTACT:    mrupard@pratt.edu    (484) 772-0501

Photography: Rafael Soldi © 2016

CONTACT:

mrupard@pratt.edu

(484) 772-0501

I grew up moving frequently around different parts of the U.S. and traveling across long distances. Looking at the American landscape, often quickly and through the backseat window of a car, became a tool of understanding the world since I was a child. This sense of transient observation is present in my work; my paintings are journalistic and have a snapshot quality of subjects that I encounter and places that I move through in my daily life in New York. Armed simply with my iPhone camera, I quietly take photos in public areas ranging from museums to parks to grocery stores. Back in the studio, I carefully select those photos whose lighting, composition, and characters particularly strike me for painting reference. The transformation in the studio from photo to painting becomes a very thorough and egalitarian way of studying the image. By slowly breaking it down into formal elements by hand, the everyday subject such as a store can slip out of its practical meaning as a place to shop and be contemplated purely for its visual phenomena and rich colors. My marks reveal a history of liquid movement on the surface, betrayed by the lines of bristles and texture of the brush. An approach that aims to paint the air around objects is how I try to make sense of a space in its dimension, floors, ceilings, and skies. My work is about sentience, wakefulness, presentness, and grace. In other words, my paintings are about looking at things.


 

EDUCATION

MFA candidate at Pratt Institute, 2019

BFA Studio Arts, Honors, Brigham Young University, 2016

 

EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS

May 2019 — Solo thesis exhibition “Dream Worlds of Mass Culture”, Dekalb Galley, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

May 2019 – Painting published in CURA Magazine, Fordham University

April 2019 – Exhibiting in “All-In” Group Show, Pratt Manhattan Campus, New York, NY

February 2019 – Curated and Exhibited in Group Show “Adventures in Reproduction” in Pratt Fine Arts Office Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

January 2019 - Exhibited in Group Show, CFCP Gallery, 963 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

January 2019 - Paintings published in Inscape: A Journal of Literature and Art, Fall 2018 volume

October 2018 – Co-curated and exhibited in “Mythologies: Assembled, Dispelled,” Group Show, Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

September 2018 - "Breaking Down Primaries,” Group Show, Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

September 2018 - “At Which the Flight,” Group Show, Acumen Galleries 630 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY

July 2018 – Exhibited in "The Spirit World," Group Show, Writ & Vision Gallery, Provo, Utah

May 2018 – Exhibited in "Lust for Life," Group Show, Acumen Galleries, 630 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY

March 2018 - Participant in Vittorio Santoro Performance at NADA Art Fair

January 2018 - Paintings published in Inscape: A Journal of Literature and Art, Fall 2017 volume

Fall 2017 - Spring 2019 - Pratt MFA Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY

August 2017 - Exhibited "Flora", Solo Show, Scissor and Bone Gallery, 600 N State St, Orem, UT

March 2017 - “The Great Good Place” at Alice Gallery reviewed by 15 Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine.

March 2017 - Group Exhibition “The Great Good Place” at Alice Gallery, a Utah Division of Arts & Museum Site, Salt Lake City, Utah

Fall 2016 - Painting published in, Exponent II Magazine, Fall 2016 issue

July 2016 - Exhibited in NASAD Show at 303 Gallery, Brigham Young University

December 2015 - Exhibited “Flatlands” BFA Solo exhibition, B. F. Larsen Gallery, Brigham Young University

August 2015 - Work featured and interviewed on SALTArtists.com

July 2015 - Exhibited in “Get it Together” Group Show, Gallery Gallery 670 N 800 E Provo, Utah

April 2015 - Received “Talent Award Scholarship for Studio Arts” from Brigham Young University Department of Art

April 2015 - Exhibited in “Hot and Ready” in 286 Gallery, Provo, UT

April 2015 – Exhibited in BFA Open Studios Group Exhibition, Jesse Knight Building, Brigham Young University

November 2014 – Installation in Group Show “Running Parallel” 303 Gallery, Brigham Young University

Fall 2014 - Participated in Stockhausen Performance as painter with Brigham Young University Department of Music

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

June 2019 - The Ora Lerman Trust’s Soaring Gardens Residency, Laceyville, PA

March 2019 – Recipient of the Pratt Institute Graduate Student Engagement Fund for book “Old World | New World.”

January 2019 – Fulbright Semi-Finalist for English Teaching Assistantship in Hungary

July 2018 - Artist Lecturer at “Mormon Arts Center Festival 2018” New York, NY

Spring 2018 - Recipient of the Howard Memorial Scholarship and the Calrow Memorial Scholarship through Pratt Institute.

Fall 2017 - Recipient of Pratt Institute Merit Scholarship.

Spring 2016 - Inscape Fine Arts Award for Inscape: A Journal of Literature and Art.

February 2016 - Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

September 2015 - Recipient of Oscarson Discovery Grant from College of Fine Arts, Brigham Young University.

Spring 2015 - Recipient of Talent Award Scholarship for Studio Arts from the BYU Department of Art.

Spring 2012 - Recipient of the Will Ward Scholarship and the George and Geraldine Watkins Scholarship through Brigham Young University.