Deborah Oropallo

American, b. 1954

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Deborah Oropallo

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American, b. 1954

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In her manipulated, history-style portraits, Deborah Oropallo deconstructs conventional tropes of painting to unearth their hidden social attitudes. She appropriates images of 17th and 18th century portraits of men from the Internet, layering over them erotic images of women in similar poses, embellished with painterly flourishes. Oropallo’s interventions strip the original images of their historical import and poise by placing potent male figures on the same plane as alluring females, and recognizing the paintings’ subjects as engaging in costuming, theater, and masquerade.

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Biography

In her manipulated, history-style portraits, Deborah Oropallo deconstructs conventional tropes of painting to unearth their hidden social attitudes. She appropriates images of 17th and 18th century portraits of men from the Internet, layering over them erotic images of women in similar poses, embellished with painterly flourishes. Oropallo’s interventions strip the original images of their historical import and poise by placing potent male figures on the same plane as alluring females, and recognizing the paintings’ subjects as engaging in costuming, theater, and masquerade.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial