Aaron Parazette

(American, b. 1960)

Free Dive, 2015

Acrylic on canvas; 72 x 192 inches

Aaron Parazette’s paintings explore geometric shapes and patterns through a tape-painting technique. His calculated use of shape and color are a result of his quest to find magic in the materials, mathematics, and mechanics of painting. The viewer is invited to enjoy the graphic splash and vibrant colors he employs as they ponder the nature of paint and the history of painting in his iconic abstractions. Parazette played with the ability to create images of depth and dynamism on an otherwise flat wall. The cool colors of “Free Dive” invoke the sensations of water, while the warmer colors in “Remembering Next Summer” remind us of days in the sun and leisure. Parazette received his BA in painting from the University of South Florida and his MFA from The Claremont Graduate School. In 1990 he came to Houston as a Core Fellow of the Glassell School of Art, and in 1997 he became a professor in the School of Art at the University of Houston. He has finished multiple public works for the city of Houston including crosswalks in Mid-Town and multiple murals. Parazette won Texas Artist of the Year from Art League Houston, Texas 2010 Stars of Design Award for Art, and the Decorative Center Houston 2005 Award, along with many other awards and grants.


University of Houston
Student Center South
Second Floor Lounge