Longo, Paul

Paul Longo CHAA


Paul Longo CHAA




Paul Longo CHAA


Paul Longo CHAA





Artist Statement

I want my artwork to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. I want it to shed light and call attention to beauty, coherence, and unity; and, I want it to cast doubt on falsehoods, oversimplifications, and absurdities. I’d like to be instrumental in deepening our awareness and appreciation of the fullness of life, including its complexities, ambiguities, and paradoxes. I draw and paint on an iPad with an Apple Pencil or my fingers using a variety of drawing/painting apps; although, I still work in wood and clay as well. iPads are portable and versatile, require little set up, and there’s no clean up. They’re the perfect medium for what I do. I can quickly convert ideas into illustrations and share them or time-lapse videos of them on social media. I can also prepare the images for printing on metal, paper, and canvas surfaces in a variety of sizes.   



Biography

In his youth, Paul Longo plowed through what only later would be called dyslexia. In college, he read Don Quijote in Spanish for the first time and discovered an interest in anthropology. He went on to complete 3 graduate degrees and has studied, taught, conducted fieldwork, created art, or otherwise lived in 7 countries and 9 states since then. Paul was also a Benedictine monk and lived in a monastery for nearly 8 years, until he met and married his wife. Together they were survivors of Hurricane Katrina as residents of New Orleans.  But it was not until 2013, while living in a downtown loft in Des Moines, Iowa, that Paul complained to his wife, a CIO in higher education, about not having either a basement or a garage in which to make art. A few days later she gave Paul her old iPad with an installed drawing app and said, “here’s a studio for your lap.” He takes his "studio” everywhere he goes nowadays. 


Throughout his eclectic journey, Paul has created and shared his art to make sense of the world, to give voice to new identities and experiences, and to engage more intentionally with others. Paul maintains an illustroblog at www.portfoliolongo.com and can be followed @plongeaux on twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook: Paul J. Longo. His digital artwork was selected into the Top 100 at the Mobile Digital Arts & Creativity (mDAC) Summit in Palo Alto, CA: Throw Dog (mDAC2015) https://tinyurl.com/yd6qta2h and Lumpensammler (mDAC2016) https://tinyurl.com/y9qb2b2a.

 

Paul Longo CHAA

Paul Longo CHAA

Paul Longo CHAA