John De Fazio

Senior Lecturer
Sculpture/Ceramics and MFA Faculty

John de Fazio has produced an idiosyncratic body of work that blends themes of Pop culture with classic mythologies, recontextualized into meticulous crafted objects of desire. He spent nearly 20 years in New York creating and exhibiting paintings and ceramic sculptures while supporting his studio by working on sets and props for music videos at MTV, animation for Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and illustrations for The New Yorker Magazine. Current areas of interest range from the cultural deconstruction of kitsch and camp to the redefinition of contemporary funerary and crematory urns.

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • The Candy Store, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2010
  • Contemporary Monsters, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
  • The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2007

Selected Publications: 

  • Ostermann, Matthias. Masters: Earthenware. Lark Books, 2010
  • Schwartz, Judith. Confrontational Ceramics. A&C Black Publisher, London, 2008
  • Stardumb: Art by John de Fazio, Stories by Dave Hickey. Artspace Books, New York, 1999


  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
  • BFA, Philadelphia College of Art