Visionary Artist and Visual Explorer
Carlos Grasso is becoming more widely known these days for his innovative “shredded” painting series which he calls “Canvas Deconstruction” (click here to access the Canvas Deconstruction page). A native Argentinian, Carlos never imagined he would spend more than 45 years abroad in France and the U.S. making art, gaining an American passport and three children, and all that after a promising professional career as a musician.
Over the last 35 years, not only has he transitioned from music to making art full time, he’s also shifted from representational works (which he studied with master David Leffel) to abstraction, mixed media, installations and conceptual art.
In his studio in Ojai, California, one encounters a display of torn canvases, found objects and disproportionally big brushes – the tools of an inquisitive mind. With these, Carlos tells manifold stories and implements varied techniques.
Over the years, Carlos has participated in numerous Museum and Gallery shows: LA Art Show – The Museum of Ventura County – The Santa Paula Museum – Ojai Valley Museum – Art Share L.A. – OCCCA (Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts) – Building Bridges (Santa Monica, LA, Bergamot Station) – San Diego Art Institute, and many more. His collector base spreads throughout the United States.
In his own words:
“I usually greet collectors, curators and visitors to my studio with a “welcome to my playground!” My art requires the essential element of play, whether cutting and shredding painted canvas by hand, assembling found objects on textured panels or designing my own colorful modern mandalas on paper. The more I get out of my own way, the more creativity flows unobstructed and strangely enough, the more I control my medium.
Artists—in all branches and disciplines—are the preeminent voice of both the collective and the individual unconscious. Art brings to the surface, to our awareness, all the processes that run deep, embedded, and often silently ignored within. As the ancient philosopher once said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.“
Click on the image below to read the article at The Huffington Post
by Los Angeles Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot about Carlos Grasso's work in 2015.
EMS short film “Inner Structures” on the genesis of Grasso’s work in 2015