John received a BA at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT in 1974 where he was awarded the Ruth Chaney Goodwin Award. He also obtained a MFA at Pratt Institute of Design in 1980 where he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant and was named Pratt Studio Scholar.
He has been practicing Interior Design since 1974, is a registered Interior Designer in the State of Connecticut, and is the principal of the West Haven based design firm, Arabolos Design Associates founded in 1982. His firm specializes in restaurants, kitchens, baths, home theater, and design for residential, new construction renovations and remodeling.
Throughout his earlier career he founded and was the principal of Element Design Group in Fairfield and worked for Cohen Design of Westport and New Haven, CT, and Boca Raton, Florida, Domus Contemporary Interiors of Orange, CT and Gordon Micunis Interiors Inc. of Stamford, CT.
He has won many design competition awards and has had his design work published in numerous local and national publications including Kitchen and Bath Design Guide and Hanley Wood Inc. publications, Kitchen and Bath Magazine, Women’s Day Innovation Series publications, and Connecticut Magazine.
He is the current President of CCID (Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers, and previously served as the VP of Legislation from 2003 to 2013 and President before from 2000 to 2003. He has been a CCID member for 20 years and is currently in his thirteenth year serving on the Executive Board. He is also a Past President of the Connecticut Chapter ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) where he served as an executive Board member for eight years.
John has also been a practicing professional artist since 1969 exhibiting his work throughout the country. Since 2001 he has been represented by the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT. He has won numerous art competition awards and has had his work published by Art New England, Gallery & Studio, Direct Art, Periodicals, and the New Haven Register.
John’s artwork is an investigation of “Chaotic” patterns found in nature. These are patterns that have what is described as, “self-similarity”. That is to say; compositional elements, that are readily identifiable as the same, yet varying in size and scale and existing randomly in placement within space and time. He investigates these phenomena, by utilizing symmetry as a tool, thus forcing and creating order out of randomness. The artworks developed and created from his research can be seen at arabolosart.com.
Twelve of John’s Artworks have been reproduced and featured by the “Nature Publishing Group“ as front covers to the Nature Genetics” Periodicals.
In March 2005 John published his first book about his art titled, “Chaotic Symmetries – The Artwork of John Arabolos”©. The book is about the study and investigation of “chaotic” patterns found in nature whose random forms and self-similarity have been altered through the utilization of symmetry, geometric morphological sequencing and related mathematical principles to aesthetically control and create both order and systemic structure from random organic imagery.
A second Book relative to his current artwork and titled “The Fabric of Life Series“©, is planned to be completed and published within the next 2 years.
Based upon the graphic algorithm John developed to create his artwork, in July of 2008 he filed for a patent for a new “Disruptive Technology” for creating systemic morphological pattern sequencing. This design methodology enables the creation of an infinite number of self-referential patterns from any given pictorial reference. Although development is still ongoing, the process is currently being used for the creative development of pattern sequencing within the “Graphic Image Terrain” by design professionals in the fine and applied arts of the Interior, Architectural, Textile, Graphic Design and Education industries. In the summer of 2013 the domestic patents were approved. The European Patent is still pending .The process can be seen and utilized as on online design tool, at “Image Terrain.com”.