Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Desiree Palermo

Desiree Palermo

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Emerging
Experienced With For-hire services, Commissions, Collaboration, Leading workshops, Lectures, Public art, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

Through my work I embrace a fascination with paint and interaction with itself and other materials.  Beginning with a variable plan regarding composition helps me to respond to incidental occurrences in my process.  I look for different structural starting points—referencing a snap shot, using pours from my studio floor, or throwing down “trash” in order to achieve variety in my compositions.  To invoke happenings on the surface, I pour paint, apply brushstrokes and integrate collage materials.  I respond to the forms by orchestrating contrasts: color against color, values to textures, and types of edges against one another.  I am interested in multiple areas of tension and visual dynamics that are created in these relationships.  Using disparate materials intertwined with spontaneous paint pours and mark making drives much of the varietal harmony in the work.  

Painting in this intuitive, automatic process is important to me, as it focuses on the present, and allows for associative connections to naturally come forward. Using materials directly from my studio, including wrappers, diagrams, and collage elements emphasize an instantaneous quality to the work.  Texture, color, and graphic design are already present in the materials, which interact with the paint application and enforce the automatic approach that I practice. 





Desiree Palermo (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1986) earned a B.S.Ed. in art education

at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and earned her M.F.A. in painting at the

Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia. She had her most recent solo show, "Fleeting Elation" at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts,  and group

exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and Savannah, including “Electric Kool Aid”, “Just Say'N”, and “Port City Review Showcase”. She

creates large-scale abstract paintings with a focus on relationships between the

materials, formal elements and intuition. Currently, Palermo is a studio art

teacher at Propel Schools in Pittsburgh, and is exploring sculptural elements in her




Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15226
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  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Mixed-media
  • Found object
  • Cut paper
  • Drawing


  • Abstract
  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic paint
  • Collage
  • Expressionist
  • Gestural
  • Latex
  • Oil Paint
  • Paper