Carlos Grasso Oils, Acrylics and Mixed Media

"What some might see as nothing but a thorn piece of canvas or a rusty sheet of metal to be discarded, I visualize as the perfect ingredient for my next piece of work. What others might view as worthless scraps of wood or slit fabric, I envision as works of art. They speak to me just as much as my paints and brushes, sometimes asking and sometimes flat-out demanding to be included in my art. They form the blood and bones of my current creations.

My most recent work, the “9” series, which I feel defies categorization, could be better described as visual haikus, short stories, or simply poems. Each one is different from the others, yet they are united not only by their color code, but also by a common theme or narrative such as States, Moods, or Statements. I’ve been using natural, fabricated, and found objects in the series, so the work is a blend of mixed media, straight figurative painting, and assemblage, and on top of that, eventually I envision transforming the whole series into a room installation piece.

Artists—in all branches and disciplines—are the main voice of the collective (as well as the individual) unconscious, and one of the purposes of art is to bring to the surface, to our awareness, all the processes that run deep, embedded, and often silently ignored. As the ancient philosopher once said, the unexamined life is not worth living.."

About Carlos Grasso
Carlos Grasso’s personal journey began in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his parents encouraged his interest in the arts, particularly music. As a young adult, while studying figure drawing in drawing workshops, he also studied both piano and flute at the National Conservatory of Music before moving to Paris, where he worked as a professional flautist for 15 years. During this period, he also trained and worked as a graphic designer. After moving to Southern California, it only took one class with artist David Leffel for Carlos to discover a new passion: painting. Over the last 17 years, not only has he transitioned from music to making art full time, he’s also shifted from representational works to abstraction and mixed media. Throughout this period, he has participated in many gallery and group exhibitions, and received a number of awards for his work. Most recently, his “9” series was featured in the 2017 LA Art Show. Lives and works in Ojai, California.

Click on the image below to read the article at The Huffington Post by Los Angeles Art Critic ShanaNys Dambrot.



Eduardo N. Gomez, Art Critic Nice-France, wrote about Grasso's work: "It’s an adventure to be face to face with a work by Carlos Grasso. It’s never a simple matter and one can’t be certain of the outcome. You may emerge unscathed but definitely not unchanged.
The “9” series, an effective and dangerous work in which a single line draws out unknown feelings like a looking glass in which we read our own reflection. A battlefield on which an ordinary scissor can become a sacred object and res, black and white are far more than neutral colors. These works use us as sounding boards while our eyes wide shut transcend normal vision; this is true art.
Confrontation becomes a magic act, a surprise, because we expect a work to speak of its creator. Here we are facing a work that instead speaks of us, that fulfills the true function of art, an open and generous act that guides us inward toward ourselves.
In other recent works and particularly in “Analog Canvas Deconstruction,” this creeps up on us like caramel coated poison, sweetly penetrating us but when suddenly we sense the danger within, it’s already too late.
Captivated from the start, in minutes we are trapped and then irreversibly transformed. A subtly elegant style and simple approach seize us, hypnotize us and reveal unknown sensations.
André Malraux’s thought, “Art is the shortest path from one human being to another,” has never been more appropriate.


SELECTED JURIED & SOLO SHOWS:

2017
April - Ojai Valley Museum - "Idealism Visualized" Ojai Studio Artists show
March - Buenaventura Gallery, Ventura - "Portraits Show" 2nd Prize, oils.
February - "Make America" show, Gallery 825 - Los Angeles
January - LA ART SHOW - PING-PONG Los Angeles Art Association
January - STARTUP Fair LA - Hollywood, Los Angeles

2016
September - Building Bridges Gallery at Bergamot Station
September - ART SHARE LA "Terra Firma" Show
July - CALIFORNIA 101, 2016
June - Studio Channel Islands Art Center - "The Next Big Thing"
June - Gallery 825 - "Out There"
May - OCCCA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art - "tXtMe"
May - Buenaventura Gallery, Ventura - "Mixed Media and Collage"
May - Gallery V, Ventura - "Art of the Earth"
May - Gallery 825, Los Angeles - "VS"
April - OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM - "Angles, Best of Ojai Studio Artists"
April - ART SHARE LA "Things Fall Apart" Show - Disintegration, ambiguity, entropy, enigmatic abstraction, cautionary allegory or the drama of distressed surfaces, the work speaks to mortal decay or primordial creation and the liminal moment when meaning does not yet fully exist.
March - Salmagundi Club, New York - 83rd Annual National Juried Exhibition (Hudson Valley Art Association)
January - The Oaks Gallery - Ojai

2015
October 10-11-12 - Ojai Studio Artists Studio Tour, Ojai - California
August 1st - Los Angeles - Gallery 825 (LAAA) Annual Benefit Auction
July - Art Fusion Show - Gallery H, Los Angeles
July 18 & 19 - Artwalk Ventura - Ventura, California
July - The Hud - Ventura, California
June - Tokio, Japan - "Art Olympia 2015" First International Art Competition held in Tokyo.
Judges for the show were: Kara Vander Weg (Director of Gagosian Gallery), Gregory Amenoff (Artist, Professor at Columbia University), Eric Shiner (Director of The Andy Warhol Museum / Pittsburgh), Brett Littman (Executive Director of The Drawing Center / New York), Nicolas Touron (Artist, Professor at School of Visual Arts).
May - San Diego Art Institute - "What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art" show
May - Orange County Center for the Arts (OCCCA) - "Moist" show
April - Buenaventura Arts Association - "3rd Annual Collage & Mixed Media Open Competition"
April - Ojai Valley Museum - Condition Report Ojai Studio Artists Show
April - San Fernando Valley Art Center - "All my best" Show
March - Los Angeles - ArtShare LA: "Finders and Keepers" Show
January - June 14th - The SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM - DOS DEL SUR (two from the South) - Duo Show with assemblage uruguayan artist Sylvia Raz.

2014
December through February - Los Angeles, The Loft at Liz's - "Hwit" WHITE Show
November - Gallery 825 (LAAA) - "Aurora" Holiday Show
November - Los ANgeles - "FRESH" at South Bay Contemporary, curated by Matt Gleason
October - Santa Cruz Art League - Degrees of Abstraction
October - Ojai Studio Artists Tour 2014-Oct. 11, 12 and 13-2014
August - Artist Portfolio Magazine - article
July - Art Walk Ventura - Group Show
June - Los Angeles - Omnis International Show - Minan Gallery
May - Art Talk at The Ojai Valley Museum
April - Sylvia White Gallery - Collector's Choice Show
April - Ojai Valley Museum - Ojai Studio Artists Group Show
March - Ojai City Hall- Solo Show "Red, White & Black"
January - Buenaventura Art Gallery, Ventura - California

2013
November - Primavera Gallery - Ojai
November - Ojai Art Festival - "DiscARTed"Show
October - Santa Paula Museum - "De Colores" Show
October - Ojai Studio Artists Group Show at the Ojai Art Center for the Arts
July - Artwalk Ventura Group Show
February - Linus Gallery Juried Show - Pasadena
April - Ojai Center for the Arts - Solo Show

2012
January - Tool Room Gallery, Ventura. Group Show "Love"
June - Ojai Art Museum Group Show
October - Ojai Studio Artists Group Show at the Ojai Art Center for the Arts
September - Tool Room Gallery, Ventura. Group Show Contemporary Latin Artists

2011
February - Blossom 2 - Art of the Flowers Juried Show Naples Museum of Art
April - Salon International - 10th Annual Juried Exhibition - Greenhouse Gallery of fine Art
June - Ojai Art Museum Group Show
October - Ojai Studio Artists Group Show at the Ojai Art Center for the Arts

2010
May - Arc Renewal Center International Salon 2010 - finalist
May - Beverly Hills Art Show Juried Exibition

2009
March - Buenaventura Art Association Show, 1st Prize - Painting
April - International Artist Magazine Competition - Honorary Mention

2008
August - Best of Show Ventura County Fair
December - Palm Loft Gallery Juried Show

2007
March Ojai Center for the Arts - Solo Show
May - Phillips Gallery of Fine Art - Carmel
October - Gallery 113 - Santa Barbara

2006
March - Santa Paula Art Association Juried Show, 1st Prize - Painting
April - Santa Barbara Art Association - Best of Show

2002
May - Represented by Gallery Americana- Carmel

1999-2000
February - Represented by Portnoy Gallery - Carmel

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS of the past:
2010 Ventura County Star (Profile in Artistic Touch)
2010 Ojai Quarterly (Cover and Cover story article)
2006 June Issue of American Artist (Cover and Cover story article)