My name is Ian Paratore. I am a mixed media artist, born and raised in San Francisco, and after learning to love other west coast cities, and living in New York and Madrid, I am back living by the Bay, in nature-filled California. I work with paper, and create art with anything on its way to disregard; never using brand new materials.


My work serves as a reminder to be critical, pointing to the finite nature of our lives, comforts, and surroundings, to foster urgency. I collage using only upcycled materials to allude to the disposable nature of our consumerism. My undergraduate years were full of the social sciences and taught me about the meaning of sustainability. Renewable energy became a focus of mine, but the money-oriented decision making of the energy industry deterred me from pursuing a career there. After spending some years in education, art was my way back into promoting a sustainable consciousness. In my work, you'll find like images meshing together to create symbols and visual puzzles.

Sometimes my work is thoroughly mapped out, other times it is more free flowing, and maybe it is simply the images that had risen to the tops of surrounding piles. I am inspired by individuals, young and old, who have accomplished amazing things, who had the courage to commit to a big change in their lives, or maybe to face a fear of heights. These people choose growth over comfort. A macro focus on constant improvement will start with brave individuals blazing the trail. I aim to help make those kinds of leaps more conceivable, with conversation and art.

 Ian took visual arts classes as a teenager, but only returned to art after his baseball years as an undergraduate.

He studied renewable energy and ecducation at UC Berkeley, and moved around the country after graduation. In 2019, Ian taught English in a high school outside of Madrid, Spain, and strarted to devote more time to his art practice.

"Used things are neglected, and become labled as trash far too soon.  I arrange them with the hope of something new and interesting. I started with magazines and sometimes I take those paper principles to other mediums.

New surfaces, new glues, different manipulations of paper, apparel, prints, and even live performances are in my future."

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Liquid Experience BFR Mural

In 2018, Break Fake Rules was born (on stickers). It is a personal philosophy that means one thing to me and another to you. Fake rules live hidden amongst real ones, and identifying them brings us closer to self-consciousness. It encourages my path as an artist, and I hope it encourages others to listen to their own voice more that the influences around them.

Past Projects

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Spectrums at Rolo - SF
All the Visuals - 3rd Place - Creative a
La Palma - Madrid Evend Flyer
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National Flags

Oakland Art Library - Oakland

Full Article on Art Rentals & NFTs



Rolo - San Franciscos












"Corona Virus" the Music Video

All Visual Arts International Contest

3rd Place - Creative Art Catagory





La Ducha Fria en Invienro

Cafe la Palma - Madrid
















San Francisco y Madrid

La Tuerta - Madrid














One Tree Planted

Don Buri - Madrid



Pintapiés - Madrid

Penny Project

Is bending over to pick up a penny worth it? I put 10,000 together, with help; all heads-up, for luck.  It was a busy Sunday morning and people asked questions. The money was swept up for a good cause. 



Untitled, Mockingbird - Nashville

Custom Holiday

What do you want on yours? I'll bring you images. Scissors. Irons. Drinks. Music. Collaboration. The event's purpose is to help share and spread creative energy.