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BIO:

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Ronald Dzerigian was born in the city of Fresno, California, to a family of teachers, farmers and artists on September 11, 1976.  Throughout his early years he moved through a variety of rural landscapes including a Christmas tree farm and a little house near an isolated lake, as well as many weekends exploring the “urban” landscape of Fresno.  The result of this divided environment was a deep connection to two different worlds.  His constant closeness to the wilderness has provided his work with an understanding of the unpredictability and purity of nature.  At the same time there is a certain “used” quality to his work that is a direct reference to the layers of decay and renewal found in all cities.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from California State University Fresno in 2002.  In early 2003 he sold most of his possessions including all the paintings he had made in Fresno.  With one suitcase in tow he took the train from California’s San Joaquin Valley to New York City.  There he worked a variety of odd jobs and continued to immerse himself in his art for three years.  During the summer of 2005 he moved back to California.  He currently resides in Los Angeles and continues to explore new territories.  His work has been exhibited in several galleries and venues in New York and California.  A large number of his works can be found in a variety of private collections in cities such as Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles, London, Rotterdam, Portland, Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and Fresno.  Museum group shows that he has had the privilege of participating in were held at the Fresno Art Museum and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum. –written by D.B. 2011

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STATEMENT:

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"I am a product of cities and mountains.  My art helps me blur the fine line between all things tangible and mysterious.  As I am making an object my process can be equated to the movement of an animal in water.  I jump into each project blindly and let my subconscious lead the way until I have created something that pulls me in and moves me.  I consciously utilize both primitive and refined techniques to open windows into worlds exist simultaneously in two and three dimensions. Usually, themes emerge that have to do with my own childhood experiences, animal and human elements combined, sexuality, internal and external environments and the exploration (and challenges) of the unknown.  I will sometimes use text to bait the viewer.  Titles and text are often appropriated from literature, music, or anything else that I respond to that has words on or within it." -R.D. 2011