East entrance of the DAAP building during DAAPworks, summer 2015
The Art Academy of Cincinnati, located in the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine
(The book includes 181 full color and 15 black & white pho...)
The book includes 181 full color and 15 black & white photographs.
(Always drawn to the nature of symmetry and shape, these t...)
Always drawn to the nature of symmetry and shape, these ten photographs present a stark confrontation between organic and geometric forms, while also evoking the internal conflict between the trapping comfort of repetition and how much freedom is possible.
Ave Pildas studied at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture (now the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning) (1957-1959) and studied design at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1959 to 1963. He took graduate studies in design at Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland (1964-1967).
Ave Pildas worked early in his career as a photo stringer for Downbeat Magazine in the Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania in the 1960s and has been a successful photographer and educator for the past 40 years.
In 1971 Ave Pildas began working as the Art Director at Capitol Records in Hollywood and designed and photographed album covers for the label's recording artists. He launched a career as a freelance photographer and designer soon after, specializing in architectural and corporate photography. His photographs have been exhibited in one-man shows at the: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Photographers Gallery, London, Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, Gallerie Diaframma, Milan, Cannon Gallery, Amsterdam, Gallerie 38, Zurich, and numerous group shows. They have been featured in: The New York Times Magazine, 'ZOOM', 'PHOTO', 'CAMERA', 'photographic', and many publications both in the United States and abroad.
Photographs by Ave Pildas are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Bibliotheca National, Paris; the University of Arizona as well as numerous other public and private collections. He is a Professor Emeritus at Otis College of Design.
Ave Pildas created intimate portraits of Jazz greats in live performance, at small clubs and Jazz Festivals in the Midwest, many have never been seen before.
Ave Pildas currently lives in Santa Monica, CA in the solar-powered, zero scaped home and studio he collaborated on with W3 Architects. He is digitally archiving his vintage work, and continues with new projects while inspiring, polishing, and guiding young talent.
(Always drawn to the nature of symmetry and shape, these t...)2016
(The book includes 181 full color and 15 black & white pho...)1988