Anthony Vega is a visual artist, educator and curator in the Philadelphia area. Originally from the rural town of Green Creek, New Jersey he has spent the last twelve years pursuing his artistic career. His undergraduate work was completed at Saint Joseph's University where he studied fine art and philosophy. His Master of Fine Arts degree was received from the University of Delaware.
He is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Delaware, teaching studio courses, contemporary art theory and media studies as well as adjunct faculty at Penn State Brandywine teaching drawing and painting courses. He exhibits his work in galleries, museums and other venues regionally and nationally.
Anthony was also the director of the University of Delaware Philadelphia gallery, UD@Crane in the Crane Arts building.
The main interests in my practice rest on my fascination of language, meaning and image. My work is an exploration of my current relationship to objects, culture and interpretation, both personally and socially. The investigation of our visual landscape, through Media; Internet, Print, TV, filled with virtual and augmented images, advertising, news platforms and other pervasive forms of sharing information, leads to a clutter, impacting how we see and interpret our selves and our surroundings.
Through these outlets, visual experience is changed; flattened, homogenized, controlled and the permutations of seemingly disparate images and ideas become overlooked. I look to my practice of painting as a metaphor of the current condition of images and ideas. My work, through content, scale, mark, material and color pushes to employ and challenge our contemporary conditions. The painted surface as democratic window to the virtual, the obscured yet eventually revealed image of icons, text, advertising, popular and obscure Internet photos of people and objects we think we know, all lead to a use, abuse and investigation of meaning in our contemporary culture.
The traditional medium of painting allows me to explore the nature of image as it relates to abstraction, the history of painting and the seemingly outdated interface of interpreting paint on a surface. As the person making the work my analogue decisions, corrections and mistakes as well as the use of recognizable images cause a shift in message or experience. A tension is found between image, meaning and abstraction. I skeptically and with great hope look to painting and the presentation of painting to contribute in new ways to our visual and artistic experience. My hope is that the work invites viewers to question and investigate their visual landscape in new ways.
Paintings, Le Cochon Noir, Philadelphia, PA
artPort, Noyes Museum at the Atlantic City Airport, Atlantic City, NJ
White (Paintings), Wilmington Library – Wilmington, DE
National Wet Paint Exhibition: China, Art Museum of Guangzhou, GAFA, Guangzhou, China
Red Dot Miami, represented by Oxenberg Fine Art, Miami, FL
RSVP 2, LG Tripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Fine Arts Benefit, Main Line Arts Center, Haverford, PA
A Meaningful Pursuit, UD@Crane, Philadelphia, PA
Works on Paper, New Wilmington Artists Association, Wilmington DE
Its Who you Know, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational: Brooke Holloway
Paintings, New Wilmington Artist Association, Wilmington, DE
Curator: Margaret Winslow
Wet Paint, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
Curator: Sergio Gomez – 2010
Observations, Tower Hill School, Wilmington, DE
Fresh 2009, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Paintings, Gallery 919, Wilmington, DE
Annual Member Show, New Wilmington Artist Association, Wilmington, DE
Let Release: MFA Thesis Show, UD@Crane, Philadelphia, PA
Symbiotic Factions, UD@Crane, Philadelphia, PA
Floor Show, New Wilmington Artist Association, Wilmington, DE
Process, Gallery 919 Market, Wilmington, DE
Aesthetic Altercations, Brooklyn Artist Gym, Brooklyn, NY
Reference Point, Recitation Gallery, Newark, DE
Look, Thomas Eakins House, Philadelphia, PA
Anomaly, ADM Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Newhall, Edith, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA
Hilgen, Jim, "INTERMISSION: STAGE Magazine Interviews Artists Anthony Vega and Dennis Beach at UD Art Exhibit ‘A MEANINGFUL PURSUIT'," STAGE Magazine
New American Paintings, Issue 81, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
Fabri, Anne, MFA Thesis Publication, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
2011 - present
Teaching Faculty, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
2009 - present
Curator/ Gallery Director, University of Delaware satellite gallery UD@Crane, Philadelphia, PA
Adjunct Faculty, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Member, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)
Look, Thomas Eakins House, Philadelphia, PA
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Recipient of Magnus Fellowship (2008 - 2009)
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
BA, Fine Arts and Philosophy