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Ron Barbagallo was conceived and baptized in Manhattan’s Lower East Side while being born and raised in nearby Bayonne, New Jersey. Barbagallo studied both Animation and Fine Art painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City while Keith Haring, Madonna and street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat were in and out of the school. As a student, Barbagallo received two of SVA’s highest achievements: The Roy Lichtenstein Award (1980) and The Rhodes Family Award (1981). He received his B.F.A. in 1981. Upon graduation, Barbagallo interned in California with Star Wars poster artist Charlie White III. Returning to New York City Barbagallo worked as a paperback book illustrator.

In 1988, Barbagallo founded Animation Art Conservation, a conservation practice devoted to the ethical repair of classic animation art. He is noted for being the person who brought museum-level conservation science to the commercial repaint world of animation repair. Barbagallo’s hands have mended art for: The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Hanna-Barbera, UPA, the estate of Andy Warhol, the estate of Maurice Noble, the personal art belonging to Jerry Garcia, and Roy E. Disney who Barbagallo worked with from 1995 to the day of Mr. Disney’s passing in 2009. Barbagallo preserved art from all eight Harry Potter films, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride puppets, Christopher Nolan’s Batsuits, and the Warner Bros. Retail Store items that survived the 9/11 attack on World Trade Center Tower One.


Throughout 1970s, and well into the 1980s, Ron made Fine Art with his twin sister Lori, who passed in 1988. At the time, Ron specialized in photorealist paintings while Lori explored photography in the area of Abstract Expressionist Found Object. Ron consulted heavily on all her imagery which focused on finding “art” in the streets of Bayonne, New Jersey and New York City.


the Found in Los Angeles project takes that pursuit to the streets of LA. Every piece in the exhibition can be found in the sidewalk just outside the ArcLight Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and in the streets of Los Feliz, Burbank, Downtown LA, West Hollywood, North Hollywood, Venice and the Hollywood Hills.


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