Salvatore Pecoraro - A Journey with an Edge: 1963-2012

DATES July 6 - September 1, 2013

RECEPTIONFriday, July 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Artist's SiteSalvatore Pecoraro

Visiting Info


Salvatore Pecoraro, 2nd Encore 13, n.d.


Salvatore Pecoraro, 2nd Encore 9, n.d.


Salvatore Pecoraro, 365 Skies 1970, 1970

Salvatore Pecoraro's career spans more than 50 years, during which time he produced major works of public and gallery art in the state. And during this time he was also one of the Bay Area's leading art educators, guiding hundreds of emerging artists in their careers. This exhibition will feature one of Pecoraro's most celebrated bodies of work, his Sky Paintings from the 1970s, along with recent work produced by the artist over the past 10 years. It is a tour de force presentation by one of our local masters.

From the artist:

Salvatore Pecoraro's career as a painter and sculptor has spanned over five decades. Born in Chicago in 1936, Pecoraro moved to the Bay Area in 1949 where his high school art teacher encouraged his talent and interest in art. He attended Oakland’s prestigious California College of Arts and Crafts with other notable classmates Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri. There, he studied under Richard Diebenkorn, whose work and approach to painting influenced the young artist. After completing his MA at San Francisco State University, Pecoraro launched his art career, and continued to make waves with his development of new materials available due to the technological advancement of plastics and fluorescents, and his airbrush painting technique that gave his work the luminous realism he labored to achieve through more traditional brushwork painting. His inclination to incorporate new technologies and advance his work beyond traditional methods aligns with the overall philosophy of Silicon Valley, where the technology-oriented audience embraced him. Pecoraro lived and worked for 25 years in Silicon Valley before moving his home and studio to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1992. He has carried out numerous public and private commissions for the likes of the IBM Corporate Headquarters, Saks Fifth Avenue, the city of Sunnyvale, Sanwa Bank California, the Ken Behring Estate and De Anza College. Widely exhibited since his earliest work, Pecoraro continues to maintain a vibrant and productive art practice today.

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