TR Colletta was born in New York in April of 1952 and at a young age became interested in music and painting. “In the eighth grade my parents gave me a set of oil paints. A first attempt at this mysterious medium was rewarded an honorable mention at our community art fair. It was even exhibited with the big people’s paintings. That’s a dangerous compliment to offer a child, because ever since that ribbon, I have not put down my brushes.”
Colletta graduated cum laude from New York College at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Before moving to Hartford, Connecticut to pursue his art as a full time profession he worked as a photographer and the Technical Director for the Charles Burchfield Center in Buffalo. He also continued to play organ and performed in the professional chorus Concora. He spent a year in New York before moving to California where he began painting a series focused on objects that define twentieth century Americana.
“These images of entertaining objects, which have infused our culture this past century, began to appear on my canvas in late 1995. They present a contemporary exercise in recognizable memories. The objects themselves inform my choices of color and design, while they unite diverse experiences through universal recognition. Though style and theme ally the canvases, each one remains singular in voice and execution.”