Carlo Maria Mariani is an Italian-born artist based in New York City. Mariani is a conceptual painter. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at the HIrshhorn Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art Rome, and Philadelphia Museum of Art among others. He also exhibited in “Documenta,” Kassel and four times at the Venice Biennale. His work is in numerous museum, corporate and private collections throughout the world. —Courtesy of The Watermill Center
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About Carlo Maria Mariani
Beneath the surface of classical imagery, Carlo Maria Mariani’s hyperrealistic allegorical paintings constitute “a vital dialogue with contemporary art, concerns of the day, and human endeavor in a troubled world,” as one critic wrote. His elegant depictions of Greco-Roman nudes allude as much to Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, and Joseph Beuys, as they do to the antiquities that abound in his native Rome, or to the 18th-century Neoclassicism that revived those ideals of beauty. Ranging from enigmatic, conceptual scenes that juxtapose different styles to masterfully executed classical heads set against abstract backdrops, Mariani’s work, writes David Bourdon, “affirms his belief that certain ideals and values transcend the time and place of their origin and continue to exert a seductive appeal beyond the framework of history.”
Italian, b. 1931, Rome, Italy, based in Rome, Italy