TriBeCa, New York: SALOMON ARTS GALLERY is honored to present “Paintography,” a selection of work by New York-based artist, Salvador Rosillo. The outsider artist has long defied the art world’s expectations, painting with his fingers to directly achieve impeccable intention of action. This ignite the childlike creativity he feels within because thinking is an act therefore his method of painting breaks the boundaries of the brain decision making. The process of paintography magnifies these instincts, sharpening his paintings’ colors and exquisite details. Rosillo also looks to the historical implications of the line, drawing inspiration from calligraphy, Buddhism and Taoism. The combination of the childlike, the futuristic, and the art historical exemplifies the tension in Rosillo’s work. It cannot be categorized, and neither will he.
Rosillo has worked at a gold company in Mali, and in the hemp industry in the United States. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Treasurer of HempAmericana, Inc. He is a poet, a painter, and a philosopher of film. In his published book, Akira Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well: Analysis, Drawings, and Diagrams, Rosillo suggests that light and shadow affect the audience’s ability to participate emotionally. The artist was a key figure in the TriBeCa and the Lower East Side art scene in the 1980s, experimenting with performance art, action painting, and gestural painting.
The interdisciplinary nature of Rosillo’s life spills into his work. His paintings confront society’s tendency to categorize and isolate, offering instead an alternative: a series of juxtapositions that break the boundaries of the brain’s decision-making. These include the childlike and the mature. The intuitive and the researched. The artist and the capitalist. Judgement and acceptance. Thin swirling lines and dense blocks of color. In “Paintography,” these dualities become bridges. Thinking becomes an act, pulling information from both the subconscious and conscious minds to paint worlds that vibrate with energy.