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Art & Life with Joseph Fontinha

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Fontinha.

Joseph, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started college in 1990 as an acting major, and after a couple years got lost in painting scenery, eventually switching to art school. Ironically after painting for twenty years, I have recently really been expanding into performance-based art, bring me full circle to how I got started in the arts.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is first and foremost about ideas, and ideas are truly the core of the medium. My work is about authentic human experience: what it looks like. I want my work to be made up of real life, so that it is something, not made to look like something. I try to meet my viewing audience where they are, and at the frenzied tempo with which the view, and go about their life. I am sharing with the viewer and aerobic and studio-centric look at a studio artist, a painter essentially- I am just not using paint that often, but in my head. Anti-selfies, studio artifacts, gifs that epitomize a night’s work in thematic content, movies that share my process, paintings made of backdrops for media art, installations inspired by studio happenings, and interactive experiences for viewers challenging their grasp on perspectival space or even their ability to focus are all parts of my work. It’s about what I look at, what it looks like, and how it looks. It is a forensic retracing of my steps as a maker and thinker. I work hard to uncover truths in my process, and to truly be more myself every day.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Make a life for yourself that has the stability you need to be an artist, and this may have to be the most creative thing you do.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am a core member of the Fountain Street Gallery at SOWA and show their frequently, as well as many other galleries in and around Boston, New York, and even Tokyo. You can see more of my work at

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Image Credit:
All Images Are My Own, From a Variety of Recent Movies/Projects.
They are solely my property.

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