Joseph Abbati on using Male Forms to Tackle the Censorship of Queer Contemporary Art on Social Media



Joseph Abbati Bio



I have been creating work in San Francisco since 1978.  In the 1980’s I started a menswear collection called Saxon.  In 1985 I was named Menswear Designer of the Year by San Francisco Magazine for their Golden Shears Awards.

In the 1990’s I turned my attention to digital arts and began working with photography.  I worked as an art director and designer during this period.

The 2000’s brought me into the marketing retail world where I worked as a Creative Director for three Fortune 500 companies.  My passion in photography, composition, and form translated well in the commercial sector.  Concurrently, I was working on more personal work through photography.



In 2010 I left the corporate world and started my own business, D Quarters, to fuse my love of photography with decor.  I came across a new digital technique that allowed me to…

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“We Belong – Pertenecemos” Exhibit

We Belong-Pertenecemos-1200“We Belong – Pertenecemos” opens Friday, October 11th, 2019 from 5-7pm at the office of Senator Scott Wiener in the State of California Building in San Francisco.  The exhibit will feature twenty-four Bay Area Latinx artists.  The artists include:  Frederick Alvarado, Adrian Arias, Michelle Bond, Magué Calanche, Jaime Cortez, Samu Cortez, Emily Cruz, Theosis Damian, Daniel Diaz-Tai, Delaram Farzaneh, Wilson Ferreira, Diego Gomez, Alexander Hernandez, Tanya Herrera, Kavin Orantes, Mimi Herrera-Pease, Eugene Rodriguez, Ezequiel Rodriguez, Gala Sadurni, Durba Sen, Cat Sommer, Eddie Valentine, Camilo Villa, and Victor-Mario Zaballa.

Curated by Joseph Abbati

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Foghorn Leghorn

Foghorn Leghorn was a Looney Tunes character I had an affection for as a child.  He was the “cock,”  the alpha-male of the roost.  I didn’t understand then how his character was such an influence to my attraction to the male persona.  These are some recent studies I’ve done for work expanding my experience with pop culture and its effect on myself.



Print“QueerEyes” is this year’s Pride art exhibit I’ve curated for Senator Scott Wiener’s office.  The exhibit will feature 32 LGBTQ artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.  The artwork includes painting, photography, video, drawing, digital, and mixed media. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 30 from 12-3pm. ( 455 Golden Gate Ave., Suite 14800, State of California Building, San Francisco).  The exhibit will be available to view throughout June and July 2019, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

The opening reception to this free exhibit requires an RSVP to enter the State of California Building.   RSVP at

The artists participating include Andrew Ogus, Cassie Castrejon, Martin Hsu, Judy Joy Jones, Gareth Gooch, Matt Pipes, Eden Gallanter, Austin Robert Boe, Karl Fjelstrom, SNJV, Oscar Gallegos, Joseph Abbati, Joset Medina, Gordon E Silveria, Ashish Kumar, Genevieve Pflueger, John Skinner, Anthony O’Donnell, Danyol Leon, Alex Prestia, Brea Weinreb, Jessalyn Ragus, Chris Robledo, Skylar Appleman, Michael Mcnamara, Kevin Lewis, Xiang Gao, Devlin Shand, William Salit, Yousef & Maryam Kazerooni, and Jordan Joel Pennock.