Conrad Marca-Relli, ‘Untitled (Number 8, F.119)’, 1962, Washburn Gallery

About Conrad Marca-Relli

Conrad Marca-Relli’s paintings and collages evoke architecture and the figure through intersecting abstract shapes. Working initially as a painter of surrealistic carnival scenes and cityscapes, he later came into contact with Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning, which ushered in a dramatic shift in his practice towards purer abstraction. While still retaining an interest in architecture and urban landscape, Marca-Relli experimented with abstract collage, integrating figural elements made from textiles, drawings, metals, and plastics: this would become the defining practice of his career.

American, 1913-2000, Boston, Massachusetts, based in Parma, Italy