Richard Cutrona is a mixed media artist, independent curator, and filmmaker living and working in Philadelphia, USA. He holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University. He has lectured at universities across the United States, including the University of Alaska Anchorage, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Fitchburg State University. His work has been exhibited at universities and commercial art galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
My work questions the boundaries of human tribalism through a conflation of artistic conventions and motifs. By utilizing type-forms, architectural elements, facets of mechanical drawing, decorative patterns, and calligraphic manipulations, I am able to reference, or reject, cultural assignments as I work. In doing this I ask the viewer to question their own preconceived aesthetic bearings. I am heavily influenced by traditional Islamic calligraphy/design, Bauhaus architecture, and the graffiti art of the 1980s.