Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga
Media: Oil on canvas
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
About the Artist
Nathaniel Paderanga is a 4th year undergraduate student pursuing his BFA in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting program. He is originally from San Diego, but moved to Temecula and commutes to Long Beach. He claims that he has always had an affinity for art and that he is above average among his peers. He has been drawing and painting since he was younger and hopes to develop his passions into a career. Many of his works focus on the importance of family and the close bonds he has with them.
Padaranga’s pieces are all done with oil on canvas and are all realistic paintings done from photographs he has taken. Each piece takes from little as three hours to as long as three months to complete.
For this exhibit, there are a total of eight paintings: 2nd Street on Corona, Get Together, Untitled, The Fisherman, Karen S. Paderanga, Happy Birthday!, Pass It On, & The white house, second from the corner, respectively.
2nd Street on Corona: This piece shows a nighttime perspective of a street in San Diego. It is a shot taken in front of a print shop and a liquor store. There are three distinct people walking and a homeless person sleeping in front of the print shop.
Get Together: This painting has two people sitting on a sofa in a living room. One person is looking at their phone, while the second person is holding their phone while looking at a tablet. There is also a dog on the floor, looking bored, staring at a ball toy.
Untitled: This piece consists of two paintings put together for one piece. The portraits are both bust shots of Padaranga’s grandparents.
The Fisherman: This piece is of a elderly-looking male holding a coffee cup, gazing over a nameless pier. He is wearing a red cap, glasses, green jacket, and black pants.
Karen S. Padaranga: This piece is a tribute to the artist’s mother who, unfortunately, passed away last year. It is from a photo that he had taken of her at a place that he recalls the most- a nice beach in San Diego that they could not visit often.
Happy Birthday!: This painting is one of a random group of people in a park. It shows a celebratory mood with balloons and many colors.
Pass It On: This piece was also of random people during a holiday. It shows three people: a person holding a camera and a firework, a little girl getting her firework lit, and another person lighting the girl’s firework.
The white house, second from the corner: This painting is what Padaranga can recall of his old house in San Diego. It is a nice white house with trees in the front in a seemingly suburban neighborhood.
Padaranga wanted to showcase social issues in today’s society, such as, technology, homelessness, and mourning a loss, whilst using his own narrative and family. He wanted to tell the story of his own life and how he has experienced each of these things in his life time. He also uses this exhibit to portray the importance of family and having close bonds and support throughout one’s lifetime.
Synthesis / My Experience
In my honest opinion, I am very “okay” with realistic paintings, especially after growing up around it so much (thanks, dad). However, after looking and hearing about the story behind them, I realized that I should not be so quick to judge. The piece that hit me the most is Untitled and Karen S. Padaranga, because it had reminded me of my grandpa who had passed away earlier and I remember painting and making him a card for his birthday (which was a little earlier before he had passed away). I remember the struggle and pain of having a loved one gone and hearing the artist talk about that painting had just touched me in a way.