Deborah Oropallo

DEBORAH OROPALLO (American, born in Hackensack, New Jersey, 1954) received a BFA from Alfred University and an MA/MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. Originally trained as a painter, Oropallo incorporates mixed media techniques, including photomontage, video, computer editing, printmaking, and painting into her practice. Whether still or moving images, the resulting works bear traces of the distortions that evolve or remain from the image manipulation.  Her composite works layer visual sources producing dense interplay between time, place, form, and content. She has collaborated on video works with Andy Rappaport since 2017.


Her exhibition history includes monographic exhibits at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, the Boise Art Museum, Idaho, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California,  the San Jose Museum of Art, California; and work in exhibits at the Whitney American Art Museum (Whitney Biennial), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and The Jewish Museum, New York, New York. Oropallo’s work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, California. The collaborative video work with Andy Rappaport titled Smoke Stacked (2017) is in the collection of the Nevada Museum of Art as a part of an ongoing initiative to collect and support works operating at the intersection of art and the environment. The artists’ video FLIGHT (2019) was featured in an exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California in 2019. In 2020, FLIGHT was acquired by 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, Kentucky for its permanent collection. Also, in 2020, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive acquired Oropallo’s video Going Ballistic (2017) for its permanent collection.


Oropallo’s work is the subject of two monographs: POMP (2009) published by Gallery 16, and How To, published by the San Jose Museum of Art. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Engelhard Award and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.


Oropallo lives in West Marin, California and has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 2013.