Sal Salandra is a self-taught artist with parents from Italy. After a long career dressing hair in New Jersey, NJ, his passion for his favorite pastime, needlepoint, has taken center stage. His large-scale, embroidered canvases — what he calls “thread paintings” — are now intricate and explicit tableaux of distinctive sexual scenarios.
Salandra draws inspiration from his life experiences, religion, and sexual subcultures. Salandra’s erotic work blends lore from the Catholic Church and sexual subcultures. In 2020, Salandra exhibited in the Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY; Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco, CA; Villa Noailles, Hyères, France; Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and galleries in New York, NY; East Hampton, NY; and Nashville, TN. Salandra lives and works in East Hampton, NY.