Bart Exposito

BIO/CV

Education

  • 2000

    MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

  • 1998

    BFA, University of Texas, Austin, TX


Selected Solo Exhibitions
  • 2014

    Bart Exposito, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2011

    Paper Primitives, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2010

    Bends, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2008

    Strange Loops, Finesilver Gallery, Houston, TX

  • 2007

    New Work, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

  • 2005

    Paintings, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2003

    Paintings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2002

    Paintings & Drawings, curated by Libby Lumkin, Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
    Paintings & Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Paintings & Drawings, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2001

    Bart Exposito, curated by Anna Helwing, Hot Cocoa Lab, Venice, CA
    Roomtone, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 


Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2014

    Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 2013

    Forty Years at the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2012

    Summer Group Exhibition, Michael H. Lord Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
    Abstraction, Michael H. Lord Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
    Architectural Disposition, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Vous Play, JB Jurve Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2011

    Unfinished Paintings, curated by Kristin Calabrese and Joshua Aster, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
    Greater LA, organized by Eleanor Cayre, Benjamin Godsill and Joel Mesler, New York, NY
    GOLDMINE: Contemporary Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA (catalogue)

  • 2010

    Painting, curated by Roger Herman, LA Art House, West Hollywood, CA
    Ecstatic Structure, with Warren Isensee and Stanley Whitney, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

  • 2009

    Fantastic LA, curated by Barry Blinderman, University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
    An Exhibition of Selected Skills of the Unemployed, WPA, Los Angeles, CA
    Summer Group Show, Thomas Solomon Gallery at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA co-organized with Sister and China Art Objects
    Abstract America, Saatchi Gallery, London, England (catalogue)
    Cut, Thomas Solomon Gallery at artLA, Santa Monica, CA
    Loveable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children, curated by Kristen Calabrese and Joshua Aster, Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2008

    Keeping it Straight, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
    Pruess Press at RENTAL Gallery, New York, NY
    Heavy Corner, curated by Kristen Calabrese, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA
    LA Potential, curated by Lioba Reddeker, Hangart 7, Salzburg (catalogue)

  • 2007

    No Jerks, Trudi at Rental Gallery, Rental Gallery, New York City, NY
    Automatons, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
    Painting ! Design, curated by David Pagel, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA (catalogue)
    Paper Bombs, organized by Bart Exposito, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2006

    Picture Postcards From a Neon Wilderness, Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna
    Bring the War Home, curated by Drew Heitzler, Qed Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Bring the War Home, curated by Drew Heitzler, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY
    Three Paintings, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2005

    In Between Bandwidths: Bart Exposito & Ry Rocklen, with text by Michael Ned Holte, Black Dragon Society, NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL
    Christmas in July, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
    In the Abstract, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 2004

    Painting & Sculpture, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Wake Up & Apologize, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2003

    Small Work, Margo Victor Presents, Los Angeles, CA
    Game Over, Galerie Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich
    Bart Exposito, Aaron Parazette, Susie Rosmarin, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX

  • 2002

    Summer Invitational, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
    Pierogi 2000, Flat Files, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2001

    Sketchy, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    The Stuff Dreams is Made of, curated by David Pagel, Frankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt
    Cloud 9, curated by David Pagel, Ginsler Architecture, Santa Monica, CA
    Ars Moralis, Bea Schlingelhoff/Galerie fur Gegenwarstkunst, Bremen
    Jacques de Beaufort, Bart Exposito, Monique van Genderen, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 2000

    For Example, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Proun, organized by Bart Exposito, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
    New School, Works on Paper Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Awards
  • 2018

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant


ARTIST STATEMENT

I was born in Amarillo, Texas and completed my education at the California Institute of the Arts. Since this time, approaching two decades now, I have worked as an artist and educator residing primarily in Los Angeles and most recently in New Mexico. I make paintings and drawings that have their basis in abstraction, but almost always incorporate some degree of recognizable imagery. Terms such as pop abstraction, neo hard-edge, and post painterly abstraction, to name a few, have been used to describe my work, situating it within a larger painting discourse. Stylistically, the work is bold with clean and graphic lines that are used to describe the forms within the paintings and drawings.

More recently, however, and for reasons I attribute to living in New Mexico, the work has become less singularly flat and graphic, engaging, instead, a variety of spaces and techniques. Existing in an environment of such indescribable beauty has impacted the way I the treat surfaces in my paintings and drawings. Ambient washes collide with flat surfaces in ways that relate to my own experiences of the land and the skies here in New Mexico. This, of course, is nothing new considering the extensive history of artists residing in New Mexico similarly affected by the landscape. While the mainstays of my visual vocabulary such as typography, architecture, and mid-century design, to name a few, have remained intact, they have been complicated by these new experiences in ways not altogether different than artists of the past. The result is work that sets out to achieve a visual complexity that upholds the notion that painting and the language of painting can occupy a space inherent to its own, affected by its surroundings, allowing me to conflate such disparate visual tendencies to create a personal, idiosyncratic, and nuanced body of work that could not have been produced in any other environment than New Mexico itself.

Prior to relocating to New Mexico and throughout the years I spent living and working in Los Angeles, I had been an artist and teacher with an extensive history that included regional, national, and international exhibitions as well as a teaching history that includes Otis College of Art and Design, University of California Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. My work has been the subject of multiple solo exhibitions in the major national art centers and has been included in multiple museum and curated group exhibitions both nationally and abroad. Additionally, I have been a visiting artist and have lectured at numerous institutions including universities, art schools, and museums.