Houses of the Holy and other humble and not so humble abodes (installation detail)Death by #2Hot Tub of Holy Water (installation with exterior and interior detail views)Assisted Living (exterior and interior detail views)ABC-S.A.T. ( exterior and interior detail views)Nest Egg (exterior and interior detail views)Weightless (exterior and interior detail views)Weir have all the deer gone? ( exterior and interior detail views)Home Computer (exterior and interior detail views)Batter-UP! (composite with detail views)D.W. Horizon Funeral Home- "The Pelican Brief" (composite with 2 detail views)Nuclear Family (composite with 4 detail views)Excerpts from the film Puppets Gone Wild starring the Tubettini Sisters
Paul Farinacci


Whether drawn from current events or personal reflections, my narratives question society’s standards for living by examining the educational, political and religious institutions that power it. My recent work examines the effects of media/technology and the diminishing distinction between our public and private realms. The house as a metaphor for society provides the visual framework for my imagery. By peeking inside their tiny illuminated windows and doors, my interiors disclose dirty little secrets hidden within. As Reality TV and the Internet present to the masses, what used to be private moments, my current work explores society’s voyeuristic obsession.

In both my mixed media drawings and illuminated sculptures, paper provided the perfect medium to express the fragility of society’s collective soul. Constructed from cardboard boxes and recycled materials these earth-friendly structures are built predominantly from newspapers containing the very stories and headlines addressed in my subject matter. The building of my sculpture stands and the additions of video/sound and found and natural forms reinforce my internal dialogue.

Like a child whose inquisitive nature constantly reaches for answers, my work also explores the whys?

Paul Farinacci has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants throughout the U.S. and Europe, including residencies at Fundacion Valparaiso; Millay Colony for the Arts; Weir Farm Trust; Blue Mountain Center; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation. His artwork has been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries such as Artists Space, The Drawing Center, Sotheby’s, Islip Art Museum, and the Nassau County Museum. He is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright as well as grants from the NY Foundation for the Arts and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. His public commissions include the Carnegie Mellon Museum; The Royal Stock Exchange in London; and the NYC Mayor’s Office. His work was published in books entitled Tattooed Walls, On the Wall and Stone Canoe Journals 3 & 4. Farinacci is a professor at Hofstra University and an Art Specialist at The Shaw Avenue School.