Kyle Patnaude is based in Portland, Maine as an Assistant Professor at Maine College of Art. He completed his BFA in Sculpture from Pratt in 2006 and a MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012.
A mid-thirties gay man who grew up in a leather clad Harley Davidson biker family during the 1990’s culture wars, Patnaude has extended much of his life in attempts to empathize with those who hate and would wish him harm if it were not for some social or familial bond. Men protecting their masculinity in ways they saw fit, yet were counter to his own sense of masculinity. Patnaude’s work examines queer tribalism and the reality of gay white supremacists with its antithetical positioning in queer conventionalism.