John Sparagana

1958, Rochester, New York –

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John Sparagana was born in Rochester, New York in 1958. His family moved to Oak Park, Illinois when he was seven and at age seventeen, Sparagana left home to be a writer yet turned to painting instead. He received his MFA in Painting from Stanford University in 1987 and is currently teaching art at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Sparagana considers himself to be a non-representational painter rather than an abstract one and has this to say about his work, “Art is a kind of metaphor for what I need to do in my life–that is to mix and balance a spiritual quest and its fairly abstract relationships with the reality of being in the world.”

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John Sparagana, Falling Out, oil on canvas