Aaron Parazette

Biography

Aaron Parazette was born in Ventura, California in 1960 and grew up in Hermosa Beach, California. He received his B.F.A from University of South Florida and his M.F.A from Claremont Graduate University. Parazette is a professor in the School of Art at the University of Houston where he has been on the faculty since 1997. In his earlier work, the artist used appropriated geometric forms, clip art, and wallpaper patterns as the basis for abstracted paintings. Much of his work is completely abstract, but he has become known for his large, colorful works in which he manipulates the order and scale of the letters in words to create a new patterns and shapes. He uses these letters as the basis for paintings which playfully explore the formal properties of color, materiality, scale, and process. His work allows interaction with the viewer who can attempt to decipher the phrase and fill in the gaps.

Parazette has exhibited his work in solo shows with institutions such as the Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas; Decorative Center Houston, Texas; and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas. He has received numerous awards including an Artadia Award in 2005 and Art League Houston’s Texas Artist of the Year in 2012.

Exhibitions

Aaron Parazette

Irregular Quadrilaterals
Talley Dunn Gallery
November 12 – December 17, 2016

Aaron Parazette

Dallas Contemporary
September 25 – December 4, 2011

Videos

Press

Houston Chronicle

“Aaron Parazette and Sharon Engelstein build artistic rapport with individual visions” 
by Molly Glentzer
October 16, 2018

Culture Trip

“Meet the Painter, Aaron Parazette” 
by Barbi Barbee
December 17, 2016

Glasstire

“Aaron Parazette” 
by Laura Lark
August 11, 2010