Ralph Pugay



Portland-based artist Ralph Pugay paints scenarios that are perplexingly surreal and often border on political incorrectness. Pugay’s colorful narratives juxtapose cultural norms and ideas that collide unexpectedly resulting in allegories that raise questions about our shared understanding of the world. Pugay holds an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University and is a residency graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Notable solo exhibitions were held at the Seattle Art Museum, Upfor, Vox Populi and FAB Gallery (Richmond, VA), among others. Group exhibitions featuring Pugay’s work include the Portland2014 Biennial, produced by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; and the 2012 CoCA exhibition in Seattle. Formerly a visiting faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, he was recently appointed the James DePriest Visiting Professor of Art at Portland State University. Pugay’s honors include a Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum, an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award. Most recently, he was awarded a Ford Family Foundation Fellowship to attend a Rauschenberg Residency at Captiva Island in 2018.