Artist Foad Satterfield regards his life and work as a continuous contemplative and relational process. When asked to describe his painting, which he regards as impossible to answer, he says, “my work is abstraction with a landscape in front.”
The idea of “landscape” is far reaching for Satterfield. His process maps fields of life affirming possibility. By Incorporating nature themes and motifs in his works, he acknowledges our inseparable relationship with the natural world. In his paintings the exploration is both local and global, a way of cultivating intimacy with this earth we inhabit.
Growing up on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana Satterfield developed an awareness and sensitivity toward the magnificence and fierceness of nature—its gentle seasons as well as its extreme expression such as hurricanes and floods.
In his practice Satterfield draws upon these early influences to consider the
profundity and spiritual qualities within the natural world by keenly observing
seasons as they withdraw and expand.
Foad’s experience of Nature’s paradox—seductive serenity in one moment, then violence and destruction in the next—mirrors the current social disruption he believes requires our urgent attention—to respect its awesome power,
unpredictability and demands.
Satterfield has been a member of the Emeryville Artists Co-Operative, 1975 to
Present, and Professor Emeritus, Dominican University of California 1980- 2018.

Gallery Exhibitions


1971    MFA, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (Painting)

1968    BA, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA



1980 - 2019   Professor of Art, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

1980 - 2013   Curator, San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

1973 - 1979   Gallery Assistant, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA




Spaces Before Us - Unrestrained, Malin Gallery, Aspen, CO

Emeryville 36th Annual Celebration of the Arts Juried Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

Present By Past, Solo Exhibition Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Retrospect 2, Solo Exhibition, 575 Sansome, San Francisco, CA


Abstract Land, group show, Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Recent Paintings, solo show, Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA,

Featured Artist,  San Francisco Art Market, Maybaum Gallery booth, San Francisco, CA        


Engaged, Group exhibition, Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Heartwood, Solo exhibition, Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA


Monte Verdi in Oakland, 2-Person Exhibition (Large scale paintings of themes taken from the Costa Rican rain forest in Monte Verdi, Costa  Rica), City Center, Oakland CA


Heart of the Matter, Solo Exhibition San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

Jive and Java, The Breakfast Group 50th Anniversary, Group Exhibition Richmond Art Center,  Richmond, CA

The Berkeley Breakfast Group was formed in 1964 by several UC Berkeley  professors who met each Friday to discuss art, aesthetics and the politics of art. In 1965 the group expanded into the eclectic gathering of professional artists, curators and writers who continue to meet weekly to discuss and organize exhibits and programs.


Open Space | Sacred Ground, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA


26th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Juried Exhibition and Catalog Emeryville, CA

On Paper, Of Paper, Art Faculty Group Exhibition, San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA


Resplendent Land, Group Exhibition, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA


24th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Juried Exhibition and Catalog, Emeryville, CA


Large Format Painting Exhibition, Art Works Downtown Art Center, San Rafael, CA

2008   Landscapes, A Language of the Heart, Solo Exhibition Public Utility Commission Building, San Francisco, CA

22nd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Juried Exhibition and Catalog, Emeryville, CA


Intimate Reflections, Paintings and Works on Paper, Solo Exhibition, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

Fire In The Heart, Objects of Power and Healing, Solo Exhibition of Paintings, West African Sculpture and Photographs, Alta Bates Community Gallery, Berkeley, CA


Art of Living, Group Exhibition, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

Guru Gita, Art from Sacred Text, Group Exhibition Siddha Meditation Ashram, Oakland, CA


Water Meditation: Sacred Paintings, Solo Exhibition, Siddha Meditation Ashram, Oakland, CA


New Work, Faculty Exhibition, San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

18th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Juried Exhibition and Catalog, Emeryville, CA


New Work, Large Scale Paintings and Tribal Objects, Solo Exhibition, Studio 57, Emeryville, CA

Berkeley Breakfast Group, Group Exhibition, Anolde's, Berkeley, CA


San Diego Annual Art and Garden Show, Group Exhibition, San Diego, CA


Recent Paintings, Solo Exhibition, Robert Else Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA


Art of Living, Juried Exhibition, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA


13th-17th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Juried Exhibitions and Catalogs, Emeryville, CA

Oakland Museum Coliseum Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, CA


Measured Marks and Meaning, Recent Paintings, Solo Exhibition,

San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

Recent Paintings, and Measured Things, Solo Exhibition, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA


New Paintings, Solo Exhibition, Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, CA


Faculty Art Exhibition, Group Exhibition, San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of CA, San Rafael, CA

New Work on Paper, Solo Exhibition, Joan Robuck Gallery, Lafayette, CA


Synopsis, Solo Exhibition, Microsystems Corporation, Mountain View, CA


Five Emeryville Artists, Pacific Grove Art Center, Group Exhibition, Pacific Grove, CA

Patents and Patterns, Group Exhibition and Catalog ("Second Generation"),

Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

4th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Juried Exhibition and Catalog, Emeryville, CA

Harambee, Group Exhibition, Hatley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA



2014   Juror, Alameda County Arts Fair, Painting & Drawing, Pleasanton, CA

2013   Juror, Art Exhibition, Ann O'Hanlon Art Center, Mill Valley, CA



2015   Recipient, Joseph R. Fink Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, DominicaN University of California, San Rafael, CA

2012   Selected Artist, City of Emeryville Art In Public Places Project, Emeryville CA

2003   Special Recognition Award, Hood Ceremony, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

2001   Jan Hart-Schuyers Artist Achievement Award, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1993   Nomination, Fleishaker Foundation Grant for Painting, San Francisco, CA



2018   Foad Satterfield,  Things Known, Exhibition Catalog, Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art

2013   Foad Satterfield, “Toward Insight: Foad Satterfield, Recent Work,” ISBN 978-0-615-74573-2

2007   Calkins, Dian; Cunningham, James B.; Satterfield, Foad; Kolipinski, Mietek; and Ghosh, Sibdas,  “Patterns of Life: Integrating Mathematics with Science, Culture, and Art.” Collected Faculty    Scholarship. Paper 60. Science Education & Civic Engagement: An International Journal 2: 56-71



2015    Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee, Article & Interview, February 2, “Grits: Foad

            Satterfield” Art Is Luv - Blog

            Elise Morris Interview, June 26, “Foad Satterfield” The Studio Work: Visits with

            Bay Area Artists - Blog   

2007    Richard Whittaker, Mention, September 28, “Interview: Carl Worth: Birth of an

            Art Center, May 19, 2007,” Works & Conversations, www.conversations.org

2000    Elizabeth Dolkey, Review, Recent Paintings, Foad Satterfield at

            Robert Else Gallery” Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA

1999     Mary Jane Baird, Article, Spring, “The Arts: Use Them Liberall”,

            The Torch - Dominican College News, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA

            Allison Gray, Article, February 25, “ Metamorphosis,” The Habit,

            Dominican College, San Rafael, CA

1997     Gallery Listing, September, Art in America, New York, NY

            Catalog, “ National Invitational Works on Paper,” University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI

1994     Sunny Marks, Article, August 1, “ Persistence Pays Off,” American Press,

            Lake Charles, LA

1990   Lynda Seaver, Mention, May 9, “ Oakland Shows Its Faces,” Oakland Tribune,

            Lifestyles Section, Oakland, CA

            Mention, March 4, The Monterey Peninsula Review, Monterey, CA



2015   Artist Talk: Monte Verde in Oakland, 555 12th Street City Center, Oakland, CA

2013   Panelist: UC Berkeley Art Alumni Symposium, “Authenticity, Appropriation and


2012   Conference Presentation: Vehicle Of Transformation/Forms of Creativity In

          Contemplative Practices; Dominican University, Forest River, IL

2008   Sabbatical Presentation: An Imagined Life: Study, Painting, Curiosity,

           Creekside Room, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

2007   Foad Satterfield, “Problems with Undergraduate Art Curriculum,” Paper

           Presented, N.C.U.R. Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

2006   Artist Talk: Fire in the Heart, Alta Bates Medical Campus, Berkeley, CA

           Lecture: Intimate Reflections, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

           Foad Satterfield, “Vehicles Of Transformation,” Paper presented, National

           Conference of African American Studies and Affiliates, Baton Rouge, LA

2005   Guest: Conversation With A Master Series, Marvin Laposky Dominican

           University of California, San Rafael, CA       

2004   Guest: Conversation With A Master Series, Oliver Jackson Dominican University

           of California, San Rafael, CA      

2002   Artist Talk: Orange on Your Palette, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

2001   Artist Forum: The African Sensibility Cosmology, San Francisco, CA

1995   Guest Speaker: Artists As Teacher, Shield Day, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA

          Panelist: Target 2000 Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

1994   Collage Workshop: Paste Up, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

1992   Lecture: Critical Reflections, Oakwood College Chapel, Huntsville, AL

1990   Multimedia Performance: Peace and Anwar Sadat, within Mutual Native

          Duplex, Produced by Ulysses Jenkins as part of Bay Windows Performance

          Project, Commissioned by Festival 2000,

          Broadcast by KQED TV & KQED FM at the San Francisco Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA



Mr. and Mrs. G. Smith, Sonoma, CA

Mr. and Mrs. Sultan, Hillsborough, CA

M. and J. Hoag, Atherton, CA

Kirk Allen, Oakland, CA

Susan August, Emeryville, CA

Dorothy Austin, London, United Kingdom

Jacqueline Chirunga, Arlington, TX

City of Emeryville, Emeryville, CA

Brenda Cox, Dallas, TX

Kaiser Permanente, Fresno, CA; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA

Barry Kaufman, Oakland, CA

Oumar Kiende, Dakar, Senegal; New York, NY; Paris, France

Ken Lynch, Berkeley, CA

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Hadley Martin, San Francisco, CA

Terry McMillan, San Francisco, CA

Gwendolyn Mustin, San Jose, CA

Lynn Sondag, San Francisco, CA

Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA

Deborah and Kenneth Stewart, Berkeley, CA

Janice Weingrod, Berkeley, CA

Cornell West, Preston, NJ

Xavier University Permanent Art Collection, New Orleans, LA.