Louis Gribaudo


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Archived Works

Artist's Biography

Louis Gribaudo is a Philadelphia, PA based artist, graphic designer and musician. In 1990, he made the decision to concentrate solely on painting watercolor landscapes and did so until 2006. Through that sixteen year period, his paintings became more abstract and these ideas set the precedent for his current work.

He has augmented this precedent with the addition of graphic elements and references to music. In his FREQUENCY DISTORTION series, the imagery is based on the colors and shapes he experiences when creating music. Many of his paintings are created using scraps of recycled materials, which often result in modular constructions. He approaches each painting with an emphasis on editing and experimental paint application, creating images that connect the mathematical with the natural world.

Louis attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1978 - 1980, where he studied figure drawing with Marshall Glasier. In 1994, at the Wayne Art Center, he won the Myrtle Jarvis Watercolor Award for his large watercolor of Sylvester’s Cove, Maine, and in 2007, at The Main Line Center for the Arts, he received the Canson Paper Prize for the mixed media work entitled “Memories of ’54”. His paintings and commissions are included in many private collections.

Artist's Statement

"There is the idea of what a painting could be,
then there is what happens while making the painting."

In my current work I employ a process driven call & response approach with the aesthetic goal of balancing shifting degrees of chaos and potential through the orchestration of organic and geometric structures.

I am inspired by diverse sources: patterns (natural & man-made), sound waves, cycles, waves, frequencies, urban decay, architectural artifacts, geometry, geology, astronomy, tribal & corporate symbols, icons, technology and commercial graphics. By making art, I endeavor to reveal the mystery that is common to them.

I am drawn to the history of things; to the possibility of different outcomes based on combinations of planned decisions and random events. I am intrigued with how small, repetitive actions consistently applied over the course of time, create complex systems that are greater than the sum of their parts.

My approach is exploratory, reactionary and cathartic. I start with a concept, and follow the cues that the painting process gives me, often using unpredictable means to apply and remove paint, recycling, re-purposing and repositioning. Some decisions are planned, some are not. The result is the consequence of my reactions to previous actions. This process leads to reinvention and discovery, erosion and re assemblage; a play of deliberation and chance.

Selected Exhibitions

The Philadelphia Sporting Club, Philadelphia, PA

The 4th Street Cafe, Ocean City, NJ

St. Georges Methodist Church, Philadelphia, PA

PHOTOgraphy 2007, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Art of the City, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

65th Painting Invitational, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

64th Painting Invitational, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

16 Emerging Artists, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

New Artists, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Phantom Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The American Flag, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Phantom Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Works on Paper, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Artist's Bibliography

Lear, Len. "'Art of the City' on display in City Hall", The Philly Record, September 27, 2007.

Donohoe, Victoria. "Art reaps what quilters sewed", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 27, 2007.

Hagen, Susan. "Raising the Bar", Philadelphia City Paper, July 12-18, 2002

Awards & Honors

Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
The Canson Paper Award

16 Emerging Artists, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Featured in Painting Invitational

Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
The Myrtle L. Jarvis Watercolor Award


InLiquid, Member
Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Member
Da Vinci Art Alliance, Member


1978 - 1980
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Full Scholarship

Main Studies
Life-drawing with Marshall Glasier
Critical painting with Bill "EO" Omwake