Rodney Durso is a New-York based contemporary artist, graphic designer, and founder of the non-profit organization ArtBridge. Durso primarily works in acrylic paints and mixed media. His works are known for their vibrant, free-form structure.
In 1987, Durso received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing, Design and Advertising from Boston University’s School of Mass Communications. He also studied and worked in commercial television production in the United Kingdom. He has also studied architecture, film, and fine arts at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design, and has studied with Milton Glaser, Paul Davis and Ed Benguiat at the School of Visual Arts.
Durso’s career began with advertising and graphic design before it shifted towards a more creative path. In 1999 Durso founded Stormhouse Partners, Inc. in New York City, an international award-winning strategic branding and design agency. He served as the creative director and principal there and managed all client branding initiatives until 2005.
In 2006, Durso began teaching as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design.
Also beginning in 2006 rented studio space in the West Chelsea Arts Building, where he started to paint "as a way of prying [himself] out [his] daily work routine." Since then, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work has been shown at the James Cohan Gallery and the Gotham Art Gallery in New York, at The High Line Loft in New York, and at Alfa Art Gallery in New Jersey.
In 2008, Durso created a way for local artists to get exposure by founding Artbridge, which installs art on scaffolding. To date, there have been over a dozen ArtBridge exhibitions in locations including New York City; Kingston, New York; and L’Aquila, Italy. Durso continues to lead Artbridge as the Board President today.
Currently, Durso remains focussed on creating new artworks while simultaneously serving ArtBridge and working for his design practice.
Durso’s works include acrylic paintings and collages on paper and canvas. Much of his work is both abstract and nonfigurative, and many of its elements strongly reflect both a background and interest in graphic design. His paintings are created spontaneously, as Durso claims they can "come out of thin air". Durso's approach to art-making is a response to a structured method of thinking, and his process in artmaking is characterized as revealing a narrative or visual story.