New York artist Rodney Durso got his post-college start as a graphic designer and film production assistant. He continued his design explorations with Milton Glazer, Paul Davis and Ed Bengait at the School of Visual Arts. Later he studied fine art and architecture at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. Since 1990, Rodney has worked as a graphic designer, brand consultant and creative director in New York City where he founded Stormhouse Partners, an award-winning branding agency. For more than eight years he was responsible for the bulk of the creative output in a number of mediums including print, web, packaging and environmental design (www.stormhousepartners.com).
In 2005, while working as a design consultant and while teaching at Parsons, Rodney rented a studio in West Chelsea and began his transition into painting. His first show, Mega-something, was a reaction to the rigid confines of his commercial branding and design assignments. The first paintings were bold, large-format works india ink and acrylic.
“I began painting as a way of prying myself out my daily work routine — I needed something really new. I chose painting because technically it’s foreign to me. It’s also been interesting to work without the constraints of budgets and schedules which had always served as a kind of compass for my branding and design work”
Recently, Rodney founded art-bridge.org, which hopes to bring emerging artists exposure through public exhibition. He has also produced several solo shows and has participated in group shows throughout New York City where he lives with his girlfriend Donna.
2007-2008 Parson School of Design, M-Arch
2006 Columbia University, Architecture Intensive
1986-1987 Imperial College, London, UK British Design and Advertising
1987 Boston University, BS Design and Advertising
2005-2008 Adjunct Professor, Parsons School of Design, New York
2007 Printmaking, Penland School of Crafts, Ashville, NC – Printimaking
2006 Painting, Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Island, ME – Drawing and painting
2008 High Line Open Studios, New York City
2007 Gotham Art Gallery, New York City
2007 High Line Open Studios, New York City
2006, 2007 Post Cards form the Edge, Visual AIDS, New York City
PIECES GIFTED FOR AUCTION AT
2008 PINK 2008, for Susan G. Koman, Atlanta, GA
2008 Hudson Guild, Chelsea, New York City
2007 Boys Towns of Italy, New York City
2006, 2007 Friends of the High Line, New York City
Spring 2009 Artbridge (www.art-bridge.org), New York City
PRINCIPAL & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
1998-2006 Stormhouse Partners, New York City
Visual Artist & Designer
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