2017 ® GR gallery

Marco Casentini (La Spezia, 1961)

 

Marco Casentini divides his time between Los Angeles and Milan where he teaches at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.

The paintings from his first period in Milan are recognized by their typical Lombard coloring: sienna yellow, land color, green, the same colors that one can see in the urban setting of Lombardy’s cities. In 1996 starts to travel throughout the United States, mainly in the Western States.The colors and above all, the light, of these States have a big effect on his creativity as he abandons the use of earthly colors and introduces new colors and new atmospheres.

Casentini was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2005 for his outstanding artistic contributions.  He has had solo museum exhibitions at The Bakersfield Museum of Art – Bakersfield, California, USA,  The Riverside Art Museum – Riverside, California, USA,  CAMeC – La Spezia Italy,  Torrance Art Museum – Torrance, California, USA,  Museum für Konkrete Kunst – Ingolstadt ,Germany and Mestna Galerija – Nova Gorica ,Slovenia and in private galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, Palm Desert, Sun Valley, Milano, Munchen, Frankfurt  and  Paris.

 

…Marco Casentini’s paintings are elegant, minimal studies of geometric abstraction, often inspired by an experience tied to landscape or urban scenes. His work leaves the viewer with an impression or emotion, rather than a concrete image of a scene. He uses the juxtaposition of color, light, and geometry to convey that which he finds in his everyday life…

The painter nds the beauty in such everyday sites and phenomena, extracting their colors and, utilizing acrylic and alkyd paints, relaying the experience of them onto canvas

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2017 ® GR gallery