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 using a variety of texture, color, and shapes to create fine art compositions that are both dynamic and highly poetic,” Baggetta explains.

Michael was born in New Jersey and grew up in Southern California in the early 70’s. The emerging beach culture and living next to the ocean influenced many of Baggetta’s earliest artworks. Mike worked part time at Disneyland while attending college 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 with Disney to attend one of the top design colleges in the country; Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

In 1984 Baggetta graduated from Art Center with honors. He quickly developed a reputation as a leading LA based graphic designer and art director, opening his own graphic design & marketing agency, Baggetta + Associates, creating design & branding for video packaging, posters, catalogs and print advertising materials for many of the top movie studios in Hollywood, such as MGM/UA, Warner Bros., CBS/Fox, Republic/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 fine art 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 graphic design background strongly informs his work with 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 the variety of compositions using rich layering of paint and texture, and the recent usage of geometric shapes, the result are fine art pieces with uniquely transparent, surfaces, rich and active textures, that speak beyond culture and time.

For commissioned pieces, Michael works with your interior space and input regarding color, to create custom artwork for your home or office. With years of experience working with interior designers, Michael can help you choose the right colors and design for your unique space. Please contact the artist directly for more information and pricing.