Ralph Pugay (Portland, OR) was born in the Philippines and is a Portland-based artist who creates paintings, drawings, animations, and socially engaged projects that collapse cultural norms to humorous effect. His works often evoke the clunky, absurd, and dissonant experiences of assimilation. Pugay holds a BA and MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University and is a residency graduate from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Other residencies include the Rauschenberg Foundation at Captiva Island and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans. Pugay’s awards include a Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award. Notable solo exhibitions were held at the Seattle Art Museum, Upfor, Vox Populi, FAB Gallery (Richmond, VA), and King School Museum of Contemporary Art among others. His work is represented by Upfor Gallery in Portland, OR.
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