Antonio Carreño, American, born Dominican Republic, 1963. Still in the Night, 2010, oil on canvas. Lent by the artist.
Antonio Carreño: Sequence of Thoughts
Sun, 06/03/2012 - Sun, 02/03/2013
James C. Fuller Gallery
Experience the mystical and entrancing abstractions of Harrisburg resident Antonio Carreño. Born in the Dominican Republic, Carreño attended the National School of Fine Art in its capital of Santo Domingo. In the 1980s, he immigrated to the United States, furthering his studies at the Art Students’ League in New York. Carreño’s mixed media paintings and works on paper continue the legacy of Surrealism in Latin American art, in the manner of Wilfredo Lam, Roberto Matta, and Rufino Tamayo, and also evoke European masters such as Joan Miró, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. However, Carreño’s marks—his confidently executed brushstrokes, scratches, and feather dustings—are uniquely his own, just like a signature. Carreño candidly invites us to inspect his internal world that is full of lyricism, spirituality, playfulness, and expressiveness. He leaves the meaning of his symbols, however, up to each viewer’s individual imagination.