Steven Parrino (1958-2005) lived and worked in New York City. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York (1982).
Parrino is best known for his large modernist monochrome “misshaped paintings” with slashed, torn, or twisted canvases, that he started whilst in art school. These sculptural, performance-oriented works were a response to the shaped paintings that had preoccupied abstract painters in the early 1960s. He also created painted environments, films of his making process, metal sculptures mimicking the shapes of his canvases and photographs of his chaotic desk space that depict the newspaper stories, magazine spreads and music albums that often inspired him, archiving his present. He was a pioneer in performance and video art, he approached all of his work with a radicalism born out of a deep understanding of the history of painting, the avant-garde and love of Pop iconography, subversive countercultures, the occult, and punk movements.