Baggetta Contemporary Art

Michael Baggetta’s abstract expressionist paintings are an evolution from his years of drawing and painting, his formal art training, and his professional design background. It is evident that his experience has shaped the direction of his work. “I’m fascinated with the physicality of paint and the juxtaposition of texture and color to create compositions that are both dynamic and highly poetic,” Baggetta explains.

Michael was born in New Jersey and grew up in Virginia where his fascination for the visual world was first nourished. Baggetta’s family moved to Southern California in the early 70’s. Baggetta worked part time for Disneyland where his talent and drive were recognized by the Disney staff. In 1980 he was asked to join the creative team being formed for the Tokyo Disneyland project. Continuing to pursue creative challenges, he left what had become a lucrative position to attend the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

In 1984 Baggetta graduated from Art Center College of Design with honors. He quickly developed a reputation as a leading graphic designer and art director, opening his own design & marketing agency, Baggetta + Associates, creating branding for video packaging, posters, catalogs and print advertising materials for many of the top movie studios in Hollywood, such as MGM/UA, Universal, Warner Bros., Republic Pictures/RKO, and Disney.

Baggetta moved north to Portland, Oregon in 1993. The combination of the diverse beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the vibrant arts community motivated Baggetta to reconnect with drawing and painting. Almost immediately Baggetta had a resonant connection with the abstract genre, finding a voice in the exuberant layering of paint in the abstract expressionist realm. It is evident that Michael’s design background strongly informs his work with a clarity of composition and color.

Each of Baggetta’s pieces begins as a field of textured color and is subsequently layered with additional color and texture. “I allow the unexpected to happen throughout the process and that can completely change the original direction of the artwork.” Through these simple compositions and rich layering of paint and texture, the result are paintings uniquely transparent, with rich and active surfaces that speak beyond culture and time.

Michael Baggetta’s award-winning artwork is exhibited and collected nationally. For custom pieces designed to fit your home or office, contact the artist for more information.