Jeff Del Nero

As a person from the central valley of California, one who grew up living in a small town doing agricultural labor, my thoughts of becoming an artist seemed distant and futile. Somewhere between grade school and high school, friends and businesses around town started asking me to paint signs for them. This was my opportunity to trade in my current tools — shovels, and now employ my much-preferred tool — lettering brushes for my work. I continued working in agriculture while taking any “art” job I could. By the time college came around, I was ready to try the art world, no matter what the cost. My early influences in painting were Rene Magritte, Grant Woods, and Thomas Hart Benton for their depictions of common life in ways both unusual and banal. After moving to Los Angeles to continue my education, and seek out the art world, and seeing influential shows by painters such as Anselm Kiefer and David Hockney helped me discover what art could be. I have been working in Phoenix for the last 20+ years in our home studio, with a combination of illustration, graphic design, teaching and painting.

Jeff Del Nero


Azusa Pacific University, California, MFA — Visual Art
California State University, Fullerton, B.A. — Painting & Drawing


2017 ~ “Accidental Monster” Duke Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, CA

~ “Unity Through States of Being” Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ

~ “HyperObjects” Exhale Unlimited Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2016 ~ “Transitions & Transformation” Emergent Gallery, Aurora, IL

~ “Artificial Realities” Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA

~ “Quartet Interpretations” Exit Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

~ “Pneumatological Imagination” SPS, Life Pacific College Gallery, San Dimas, CA

~ “Resolution” Exhale Unlimited Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2015 ~ “Recolor, Recover” Exhale Unlimited Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2014 ~ “Fresh Art 2014” Marin Society of Artists, Marin, CA

2013 ~ “Dia de los Muertos,” Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2012 ~ Velcro Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 ~ 411 Gallery, ASU Downtown “action, advocacy, arts” Phoenix, AZ

2006 ~ Cazabba Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2005 ~ Phoenix Little Theater, Phoenix, AZ

2002 ~ Gallerie U7, Frankfurt, Germany

2000 ~ Selected Arizona Commission of the Arts, Touring Exhibition

1999 ~ Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum Of Art, Tucson, AZ

1997 ~ “La Phoeniquera” Phoenix, AZ

1996 ~ Loma Linda University “The Two Jeffs” Loma Linda, CA

1996 ~ Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

1995 ~ Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum Of Art, Tucson, AZ

1994 ~ Searching For The Hidden, Biola University, Los Angeles, CA

~ C.S. Lewis Foundation, Cambridge, England

~ “Elements” Gallery W, Sacramento, CA

~ Realm Of The Miniature, Artegeo Contemporary Exhibitions

1993 ~ Orange Ramble, Open Studios, Orange, CA

1992 ~ Nese Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

~ Mark Masuoka Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

1990 ~ “Heros, Idols and Icons,” Muckenthaler Cultural Center,  Fullerton, CA

1990 ~ “California Perspective,” MMOA Modern Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA

Selected Juried Exhibitions:

~ 18th Annual All Media Juried Art Exhibition, Juror: Lynda Forsha,

Curator of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

~ Irvine Creative Arts Guild, Second Annual Juried Exhibition,

Irvine Fine Arts Center, Juror: William Otton

~ OCCCA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art - Fifth Annual Juried Competition

Juror: Josine Ianco-Starrels, Curator of Barnsdall Park Art Center, Los Angeles, CA


www.theartsbeacon, RAW Program: Unity Through States of Being at Modified Arts, Review, 2017

Frankfurt Neue Presse, Review, 2002

Tucson Weekly - Arizona Biennial, Margaret Regan,Tucson Weekly, Arts & Leisure Review, 1995

MMOA California Perspective Catalogue, 1991

Modesto Bee, Inspiration In Rural Life, June 1984

Patterson Irrigator, One Man Show, June 1984

At Art Center, The Age Of Ingenuity, February 1983

Private Collections:
Works held in private collections in Germany, Austria, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas

Jeff Del Nero
tel: 602.574.2716
studio location:  1239 E. Moss Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020