Brooklyn based painter Carolanna Parlato’s intensely colored canvases convey a vivid tension between the plasticity of her acrylic medium versus the amorphous organic forms that are created through the process of pouring paint onto the surface. Thick, elastic, and almost toxic looking colors are layered upon each other, creating some forms that are purely accidental and others that are intentionally controlled. Suspended between these polarities, Parlato raises questions about the nature of popular culture that streams between synthetic plasticity and organic naturalism, accidental and intentional occurrences. Her riotously colorful biomorphic compositions re-engerize process-based Color field painting tropes with a Pop attitude and sculptural presence.

 Parlato's paintings  have been written about in Art in America, The New York Times, The Boston Globe,,  ArtNews, Two Coats of Paint,  The New Criterion and The Brooklyn Rail. Solo exhibitions of her paintings have been shown at the Islip Art Museum, the Phatory (NYC) and Elizabeth Harris Gallery in NYC. Her work was included in the exhibition “Pour” which was organized by Elisabeth Condon and Carol Prusa for the Florida Atlantic University.  The show then travelled to the  Asya Geisberg Gallery and the Lesley Heller Workspace in NYC. She has exhibited in numerous venues such as the Drawing Center (NYC) Art in General (NYC), White Columns (NYC), Hunterdon Art Museum (New Jersey), the Brooklyn Museum, BRIC, the Dedalus Foundation Gallery at Industry City (Brooklyn, NY) OH+T Gallery(Boston), Scott White Contemporry Art (CA),  Sandroni Rey (CA), Fullerton Art Museum (CA),  Amy Simon Fine Art (Westport, CT) and Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC). Parlato’s paintings are included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum,  ArtBank Collection, US Dept. of State, Washington, DC, Public Art for Public Schools, NYC, the Francis Greenburger Collection, Islip Art Museum, Pfizer Inc. and several private collections.She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.   In addition, Parlato is a nominee for the 2016 Anonymous Was A Woman Award. 



2016    A Delicate Balance, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2012    Behind the Sun: New Paintings, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2010    Vortical, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2008    Nature Games, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

               Antiphony, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA

2006    On Becoming, The Phatory, New York

2004    Supersplat, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA

2003    Liquid Landscapes: works from the Perfume River series, Islip Art Museum, Collections Gallery, East Islip, New York

2002    Vivid: Recent Paintings, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA

2000    Perfume River Series, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY

1998    Dot-Blob series, Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art, New York, NY



2015    Surfacing, works by Parlato and Alyse Rosner, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

2013    Walk on the Wild Side, Works by Parlato and Laurel Sparx, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

2012    Works by Parlato and Drew, Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, CT



2017    Brushless, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2017    New Gallery, New Work, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2016    Festivus, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2015    Twofold, The Gallery at Industry City, Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

2014    Sideshow Nation, Sideshow, Brooklyn, NY

2013    Pour, Asya Geisberg Gallery and Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY

              Pour, Florida Atlantic University, curators: Elisabeth Condon and Carol 

              Prusa with an illustrated catalog with an essay by Stephen Maine, Boca Raton, Florida

              Holiday Delights, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2011    Art In Embassies Program, US Department of State, Guatemala City

              30: Brooklyn Salon exhibition BRIC Contemporary Art, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009    Kuf-Mold, A-Lokalite Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands

              Continuum, Amy Simon Fine Arts, Westport, CT

               Precious, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

2008    Material Color, Hunterdon Art Museum, curator Mary Birmingham, Clinton, NJ

               Conversations in Paint, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery at the Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY

                Kuf-Mold, Jan Colle Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

                Peace, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007    Kuf_Mold, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey Curator: Suzan Batu

               Everything But ..., Randolph-Macon College Gallery, Ashland, Virginia

               Pillow Talk, Ruth Bachofner Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

               Soulful, 3 person show, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

              Fluid Abstraction, 3 person show Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

2006    Mix Masters, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

2005    Splat, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              What did Puck Say?, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

              Surface Tension, Savage Art Resources, Portland, OR

2004    Open House: Working in Brooklyn, curator; Charlotta Kotik Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

              Summer Exhibition, Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

              Annual Benefit, White Box, New York, NY

              New Year/New Work, gallery artists, OH+T Gallery, Boston, NY

2003    Stroke, Schroeder/Romero Gallery, New York, NY

              Momenta Benefit, White Columns, New York, NY

              Summer Color, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2002    Jump, The Painting Center, New York, NY

               25th Anniversary Selections Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

               Tilt, Cristinerose Gallery, New York, NY

               Spill, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

               Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY

               Travel to Library of Congress, Washington, DC and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

              Annual Benefit, White Box, New York, NY

2001    Collection Insights: Recent Acquisitions, curated by Janet Goleas Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

              Minimal to Excess, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

              Summer Exhibition, Sandroni Rey, Venice, CA

               Fusion: Collaborative Drawing, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

2000    Fluid Flow, James Graham and Sons, New York, NY

               An Interactive Drawing Collage on the Theme of Place, organized by Adelheid Mers, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

               Eye Candy, traveling show

               location 1 -Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, Cal State University, San Bernardino, CA

               location 2 -Grand Central Art Center, Cal State University, Santa Ana, CA curator: Sue Joyce

              Abstract Works on Paper, Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, NY

              Out of Y2K, Im n IL Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1999    Skin Tight, The Workspace, New York, NY

               Size Matters, Neoimages and Gale Gates et al, Brooklyn, NY

               Outer Boroughs, White Columns, New York, NY

               Three Painters, LA.NY.LA., Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

1998    Little, Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art, New York, NY

               Fashioned, White Box, New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA

              Unnatural Selection, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ

1997    New York Drawers, works on paper from the Pierogi 2000 flat file, 

               Gasworks Gallery, London, UK and Corner House Gallery, Manchester, UK

               Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, works on paper from the 

               Pierogi flat file, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY