Joe Lugara


Joe Lugara took up oil painting at the age of 11 after his father discarded it as a hobby. A film enthusiast and former film student, he made his first paintings by copying the covers of a favorite childhood fan magazine devoted to horror movies. An interest in monster faces (“Human faces stretched to emotional extremes”) combined with two decades of fiction writing, resulted in a long period of painting imaginary portraits, or “fictional biographies,” which eventually gave way to abstracted, frequently ominous images containing bastardized natural forms and inexplicable phenomena.