Adornato (BFA, NSCAD) is a Canadian contemporary artist, satirist, and reformed antique hoarder. His provocative art practice usually consists of sharp sociopolitical critique, themes of wealth inequality, consumer culture, state surveillance, pollution, and Capitalism-gone-wrong, with a hint of sarcasm or dark humor. Adornato explores a wide range of mediums and disciplines including painting, sculpture, assemblage, performance, ready-mades, video, and sound.
"Art is a language that, when done correctly, needs no translation." - Adornato
The Diefenbunker Museum exhibit: In April of 2018, Adornato exhibited his painting series, Ruined Landscapes, where he painted hazmat cleanup crews and toxic accidents onto vintage 'Bob Ross-style' landscape paintings. He also published a 24-page art book now available for purchase here. The exhibit is on display until July 15, 2018 in a 4-story Cold War era underground bomb shelter just outside of Ottawa. More info about the museum exhibit here.
The Ottawa Art Gallery: In June of 2016, The Ottawa Art Gallery exhibited a solo show of his latest subversive artwork called, I've Got Some Bad News which featured over 80 pieces of his incendiary, dystopian creations, including his painting hacks, Ruined Landscapes, The exhibit also featured a dozen vintage dolls wearing suicide bomb vests, titled BlowUp Dolls, which the CBC described as "Cabbage Patch Kids meet ISIS".
"Art is a combonation of curiosity, creativity, and a healthy dose of courage." - Adornato
Arbie Goes Rogue: In 2015 Adornato made national headlines when he submitted a painting of the Royal Bank of Canada building burning down, to RBC’s prestigious Canadian painting competition in response to their job outsourcing scandal. The four painting series went viral, and received national media attention, but he didn’t win. Check out As It Happens, a CBC national radio interview about 'Arbie Goes Rogue' here.
#MYPROTEST: In 2014 Adornato spent several months cycling around the streets of downtown Ottawa in rush hour traffic wearing a suit and gas mask as part of a dystopian performance project called #MYPROTEST, which lead to an extensive RCMP investigation that determined he was an eccentric artist, and was doing nothing wrong.
He received a degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bragging rights over the past decade include exhibits in the Diefenbunker Museum, the Canadian War Museum, the Bank of Canada's Currency Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum as well as numerous other galleries and art-friendly venues. His work resides in the permanent art collection of the City of Ottawa, the Diefenbunker Museum, as well as several private collections in Canada and the United States..