Carlos Grasso
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

SELECTED JURIED & SOLO SHOWS

2021
UPCOMING
October-November – Dab Art Gallery (Downtown LA), Squarepants show
October – Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) Open Studio Tour
May 1 – June 2 – Solo Show at the Ojai Art Center
March – Ventura County Arts Council – Installation COLORSPACE on Victoria Ave (Ventura)

2020
September through December – Museum of Ventura County – Arte Forastero show
September through January – Ojai Valley Museum “Insight 2020” , Ojai Studio Artists Show
March through September – Gallery 825, Los Angeles, various online shows
February – Museum of Ventura County – Ojai Studio Artists “Mending The Divide” show

2019
December – Gallery 825, Los Angeles – “2019 OPEN SHOW”
September/October – Gallery 825, Los Angeles – Solo show

June through August – Museum of Ventura County – Solo show “Actual Reality”
Click here to read the show’s Catalog

2018
October – Ojai Art Center, Ojai Studio Artists Show

June – Ojai City Hall Gallery

February/March – The Loft at Liz’s – The “BLACK” show, Los Angeles

March/June – Ojai Valley Museum, “Scorched Souls” show

2017
December – Gallery 825, Los Angeles, “2017 OPEN SHOW”

September/October – Ojai Art Center – “Ojai Studio Artists” annual show

August – Irvine Center for Fine Arts – “All Media 2017” show

June – ART SHARE LA – “Cut it Out” show, Los Angeles

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
March – Salmagundi Club, New York – 83rd Annual National Juried Exhibition 

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

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 ArtsOctober