Don Porcella (born 1963) is an artist currently living and working in New York. Porcella received a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, and received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He later received his MFA from New York’s Hunter College. His work has been exhibited at galleries throughout the world, including New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Paris. For his work, Porcella has received grants from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and has received an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Socrates Sculpture Park.
Porcella’s paintings, drawings, installations and sculptures feature his unique approach to high art through the use of common, humble materials. He is perhaps most famous for creating pipe cleaner sculptures on the themes of American consumerism, conspiracy theories, and historical art movements. Porcella’s work invites the audience to laugh at themselves and to question what constitutes “high-brow” and “low-brow” art. Comical, awkward, and imaginative, Porcella’s art creates a unique world. His work is featured in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe.