Once you reach the horizon, there's always another in front of you.
Piero Spadaro loves to paint horizons. "Once you reach one, there's always another in front of you," the 2007 MICA graduate said. That concept can also describe Spadaro's art career, as he has balanced the art of creativity with what he calls his natural business sensibility. "The most fulfilling thing about art is you have a place to put your creative energy toward," he said. But that's tempered by "being able to maintain the lifestyle that I like to live."
To do that, he is the director at Hang Art, a gallery in San Francisco. Not only does the work provide him with steady income, but "I'm constantly exposed to contemporary artists and other dealers and seeing what is being created and shared."
His time at MICA, where he was a general fine arts major, exposed him to different styles of art. Spadaro grew up in San Francisco and was familiar with the West Coast art scene, but "MICA afforded me the opportunity to have access to an East Coast experience. I think the West Coast looks toward Eastern traditions, and the East Coast looks to Europe," he noted.
Today, he prefers creating abstract paintings that have "meaning beneath their surfaces." His work was featured in a solo show at Hang Art last year, and was also showcased at the Red Dot Art Fair in Miami Beach.
As he moves toward each elusive horizon, Spadaro keeps three rules in mind to guide him as an artist: "Be persistent, be respectful, and always work, because if you don't do the work, it won't be there," he said.