John Pastoriza-Piñol

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Biography

I consider myself a contemporary visual artist whose practice sits within the genre of botanical art yet rebels against its continued traditional representations and tropes.  I have exhibited nationally and internationally, in solo and group exhibitions for the last 22 years in private and public galleries.  This has evolved into a commitment to painting as both a method and as a form of deeper inspection which continues to draw upon the power of close observation. Using rich luminous hues in gorgeously exotic and rare botanical specimens epitomise my work, however these are more than representational flower paintings. Closer inspection unearths a certain ambiguity of form and intent towards a dark and complex narrative which is born of the association between eye and hand, and sense and thought.

A recipient of many awards and accolades, such as the American Society of Botanic Artists (ASBA) Dianne Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2013, my work is now held in numerous public and private collections around the world such as:
National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of Ballarat; Hunt Institute, USA; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK; Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne; RMIT University and the Collection of Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton.  My artworks are also included in both the ‘Highgrove Florilegium’ and ‘Transylvania Florilegium’ projects created under the aegis of the H.R.H Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation.

I am currently represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Australia and I teach intermediate/advanced classes at the Geelong School of Botanic Art, Geelong Gardens and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. I have expanded my teaching circuit to include interstate and international masterclasses too.

CONTACT

email: john@botanique-art.com
Instagram: @johnpastoriza