Paul D'Agostino, Ph.D. - bio, contact

Paul D’Agostino is an artist, writer, translator, curator and professor living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he has been producing and hosting art exhibitions and critical discussions at Centotto Gallery, situated in the living room of his shared loft, since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian Literature and is currently a member of the part-time Art Faculty at Parsons The New School for Design, and MFA Writing Advisor at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He has also taught language, literature, cinema and interdisciplinary studies courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CUNY Brooklyn College, the Department of Romance Languages at Fordham University, and the Italian Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

In 2017, D'Agostino was also Visiting Critic and Curator for the MFA Program at Queens College, Guest Curator of the Integrated Design Program's BFA thesis exhibit at Parsons The New School, and curator of Take Us Lying Down, a featured exhibit in the 2017 edition of Spring/Break Art Show. He was also Visiting Artist and Critic at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Visiting Critic at AHL Foundation and the NARS Foundation, among others.

D'Agostino writes in and translates among a number of languages, primarily Italian, German, French, Spanish and English, and he does translation work in several other languages as well. He is co-founder of and writer for two art blogs, ART(inter) and After Vasari, and Assistant Editor of Journal of Italian Translation. He was also until recently Art Editor at Brooklyn Magazine and The L Magazine. He now occasionally contributes critical writings on art, film and literature to Hyperallergic.

D'Agostino's academic writings and translations have appeared in numerous scholarly publications in the United States and abroad, and his poetry and prose have been published in several mostly Brooklyn-based literary magazines. His mixed-media, generally language-based artworks have been featured in many solo, two-person and group shows. His 2012 solo exhibition at Norte Maar Gallery, Appearance Adrift in the Garden, was accompanied by Bodies, Voids and a Tale of Seas, a limited edition chapbook of the artist's original writings in five languages. The following year, Twilit Ensembles, D'Agostino's second solo show, was at Pocket Utopia Gallery in Manhattan. It was accompanied by an artist's book of drawings and stories, Floor Translations, and the exhibit was reviewed in a number of publications, including by Roberta Smith for The New York Times. D'Agostino's arts activities have been reviewed or featured in ARTNews, Art Review, The New York Times, Vice, Whitehot, The Huffington Post, Paper Magazine, The New Criterion, Two Coats of Paint, Hyperallergic, ArtFCity, Gothamist, Rough Cuts, La Voce di New York, The Conversation Project and The Brooklyn Rail, among many others. He was also the featured artist in a "Critic's Pick" article in the February 2014 issue of ARTNews. His 2016 solo show, Scriptive Formalities, exhibited at Life on Mars Gallery, was accompanied by another book of Floor Translations, titled Lady Skyecharmer and Friends: Floor Translations, Volume II. The exhibit overall featured over a hundred pieces—including scores of his new Chromatic Alphabet paintings, as well as dozens of charcoal drawings and metal sculptures in his Floor Translations series—and it was reviewed or featured in a number of publications, including Hyperallergic, The New Criterion, Two Coats of Paint, ArtFile, Talking Pictures, Artefuse, Rough Cuts, Bushwick Daily, Gallery Travels, Year of the Goat, and Structure and Imagery. More press information available here. D'Agostino had a second solo exhibition in 2016, at Weathervane Gallery. It was called Rosetta's Stones, and it featured a large installation of the artist's Debris Portrait drawings. More information here. Photos from the exhibition and information about the series of drawings were subsequently featured on the European Space Agency's online archive of art pertaining to the Rosetta Mission.

In 2017, D'Agostino showed work in numerous group shows, as well as in Foofaraw & Spleen, a two-person exhibition at The Lodge Gallery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He also had his fifth solo exhibition in New York, Severalfold Souls, at Silas Von Morisse Gallery. In addition, he showed work at Satellite Art Show in Miami during Art Basel.

In the summer and fall of 2014, D'Agostino collaborated with Stephanie Theodore, of Theodore:Art, and with Karl England, Charlie Levine and Ben Street, of London-based Sluice_, to develop and produce a transportable art exposition platform called Exchange Rates. Its first iteration was Exchange Rates: The Bushwick International Expo, in October 2014. The second edition, Exchange Rates II, took place in October 2016. Information here.

Arts résumé and academic CV available here.


Home: 250 Moore St., #108
Twitter and Instagram: @postuccio

Director - Centotto Gallery
Parsons The New School for Design - Part-Time Art Faculty
The New York Studio School - MFA Writing Advisor
Co-Founder and Writer - After Vasari, ART(inter)
Co-Founder, Co-Producer - Exchange Rates
Assistant Editor - Journal of Italian Translation
Freelance Translator & Tutor - Italian, French, German, Spanish, English