Sparky Campanella (born Pittsburgh PA, 1960) is a self-taught fine-art photographer whose landscapes show a human presence in complement with the natural. Currently living in Los Angeles, his images have an emotive intent and tend towards abstraction with a poetic, minimalist aesthetic and a formal mastery of color. He approaches photography from a personal perspective and is inspired by instances of symbiosis between man and nature. Sparky’s interest in taking photographs began as a child, yet it was only in 2005 after a move to New York City that he poured all of his time and energy into photography as a second career. The five years Campanella spent in New York, building a portfolio and immersing himself into the city’s art community, exposed him to a range of influences that ultimately freed him to pursue his own vision.
Campanella has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally including SFCamerawork in San Francisco, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Koelsch Gallery in Houston, David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, Weston Gallery in Carmel and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a graduate degree from Stanford University. He has been awarded residencies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Anderson Ranch in Colorado. He is represented by Weston Gallery in Carmel.