C. Dennis Guastella: Biographical Sketch
C. Dennis Guastella was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1947 and majored in painting at Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at Eastern Michigan University. Guastella is currently Department Chairperson, Visual Arts Technology, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Guastella's work appears in numerous museum, university and corporate collections. Among them are those of the University of Nebraska, Sheldon Art Galleries; Rutgers University; South Dakota Museum of Art; Sioux City Art Center; University of North Dakota, Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Chicago, Illinois; Livonia City Hall, Livonia, Michigan; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; National Bank of Commerce, Lincoln, Nebraska; Handleman Corporation, Troy, Michigan; Hackley Art Gallery, Muskegon, Michigan; and Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. Additionally, his work has earned numerous awards in numerous national and regional exhibitions. Guastella has received two Creative Artists Grants awarded through the Michigan Council for the Arts in recent years.
For several years Guastella's works have integrated a systemic patterning of small beads and thin lines of paint in geometric formations. These patterns allude to woven girders or framework in an explosion of color and charged cubist space. Many of his works would include other materials such as string, wood, plastic and silica. Applications of paint give the surface a relief and jewel-like quality. Now Guastella's work has moved into a more expressive painting order where abstract constructions based on biblical themes are formed by incorporating mixed media with thickly applied paint in a contrasting gestured marking system.