Week 7 – Artist Conversation – Nathaniel Paderanga

Quick Background:

Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga

Exhibition: “SOCIAL”

Media: Oil on Canvas Paintings

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: @theartofnate (http://www.imgrum.net/user/theartofnate_/466420399)


About the Artist and his Art:

I love “Social.”

Now that we got that set in stone, let’s talk about why.

One of the main uses of art and various mediums of art, and one way Nathaniel uses his own artwork, is to document history. Often our perceptions of what ‘history’ and historical figures/settings/events look like come from these mediums through which art is expressed. For instance, I was never there when Nazi’s were around, but I do have a picture in my mind as to what they look like, and that is because of films and photography. For Nathaniel, his artwork revolves around documenting his own past experiences and (family) moments. This method is far more expressive than simply memorizing and remembering his past. Through the use of exquisite oil-on-canvas paintings, Nathaniel paints his memories and brings them to life. He shares these moments and people that he cares about with us as well.

The attention to detail is clear. To illustrate, the paintings of his elderly family members show a strong commitment to portray them as realistically and respectfully as possible. It’s as if they were standing right there as Nathaniel was painting their portrayal- maybe they were. In addition, Nathaniel is doing something that makes his work, in my opinion, even more effective: he tells a story in his paintings, if it is just a moment. Whether that moment is of a day out fishing or hanging out with a cousin, Nathaniel captures these brief but precious seconds through his artwork. These are the kinds of memories that make us and enrich us as people, and for Nathaniel he does not hesitate to show and emphasize them. This kind of expression helps distinguish Nathaniel and it makes him stand out as an artist, at least to me.

A very well done job, and I wish him the very best of achievements in his future.


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