Born in New Orleans in 1992; currently based in Brooklyn
Dante Cannatella’s work is about when the landscape reclaims the city, when the lines between inside and outside are blurred, and how lives play out against the truth of uncertainty and impermanence. His gestural paintings reflect growing up amidst the destruction and rebuilding of New Orleans. Set against a backdrop of acid yellows, muddy pinks and greys, the figures are caught in the powerful forces of nature, commerce, and mass thought that shape both their inner worlds and outer realities. As in a play, figures and forms weigh against each other, assuming roles such as the self, authority, the conscious witness, the audience, and the Greek chorus.