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  • Michael Cataldi
    Founder and CEO

    Michael opened Paradise Framing in his artist studio after completing his MFA at UCLA in 2015. Prior to moving to LA for graduate school, Michael was a preparator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He loves working with artists and designing special details for their framing that become signatures for their works. The first example of that work is the x spline that he designed with artist Kelly Akashi. That was such an important project that we made into an icon that accompanies our logo. When Michael is not at Paradise, which is rare, he likes surfing and hiking with his partner and their dog Dusty.

    Sara Ybarra

    Sara’s a native Angelino from Hawthorne. She moved north to study Art History at CSU Sacramento & returned a week after graduating with honors to start a Getty Marrow internship. Sara recently joined our team in the summer of 2022 after spending 7 years as a registrar at the Autry where the most memorable project that she worked on was assisting in repatriation of cultural items to Karuk Tribe of Northern California. When she’s not working at Paradise she’s out hiking or running, or at home reading, cooking, and sharing meals with friends.

    Megan Russell
    Production Associate, Hinging & Fitting

    Megan earned her BFA in painting and drawing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in her hometown. She joined the team at Paradise in the summer of 2022 following a 3 year stint hinging and fitting artwork at Downing Frames in NY. Her favorite project so far has been engineering and troubleshooting museum microclimate or “passepartout” packages for two deKooning paintings on paper where the verso of the artwork had to be visible from the verso of the frame. When she’s DJing in the fitting room her go to’s are Tommy Guerrero & Slow Pulp. When she’s not hinging artwork at Paradise she likes to spend time exploring her new neighborhood or relaxing at home, reading, drawing, and playing guitar.

    Madeline Fletcher-Uranga
    Production Associate, Lead Woodworker

    Maddy grew up in Long Beach and resides there still. She attended Cal Poly SLO where she was a NCAA golfer and earned her B.S. in chemistry. She left her lab career and fell in love with woodworking at Cerritos College. Her most memorable project so far was building a lacewood display case with 16 double-sided frames for a set of Buddist Sutras. When she’s not running tools and wearing hearing protection she can be found listening to anything from punk to R&B in the shop. After work she’s often hanging with friends in Long Beach or working on her lathe at home.