I am a photographer and visual artist. I have worked in painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. My current work examines the formal and narrative potential of photography as an abstract medium. I employ a variety of photographic techniques including cameras, scanners and digital media to create images that explore the boundaries of abstraction and representation. The images are not pure abstractions, as they are composed of recognizable features and elements. By manipulating these features, the images lose their real world specificity and present new readings. I draw upon the visual traditions of contemporary photography and modernist painting - namely, color, pattern, space and scale - to evoke alternative visions of the familiar.
Joseph De Leo (b. 1970) was raised in New Hampshire and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a concentration on painting and sculpture. Upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco where he worked as an art director for several national retail companies. After many years in California, he relocated to New York to establish a commercial and fine art photography studio. His commercial work has appeared in numerous editorial projects and advertising campaigns. He has been a guest lecturer at Pratt Institute and The International Center of Photography.
1994 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
1989 Photographic Studies, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA