Joseph Fontinha’s work invites viewers to partake in pregnant moments, as a respite from the frenzied nature of contemporary visual culture. He insists we slow down enough to contemplate and seek understanding through the perspective of his installations and paintings. Fontinha is very intentional about conveying truths he feels can only be communicated through oil paint. He attributes much of his inspiration to annual trips to Nagano, Japan, where he’s visited family for the past 12 years.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MA, Boston University, MA, and Lesley University College of Art and Design, MA, fostered Fontinha’s formal artistic education. He now teaches drawing and painting at Stoughton High School and gives public artist talks on education. Fontinha has participated in juried solo exhibits and group shows through the Cambridge Art Association and Boston University. In 2017 he produced an immersive solo pop-up installation, Making a Painting, at Fountain Street Gallery.
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