Artist: Peter Passuntino
Dimensions: 20″ x 16″
Oil on Canvas
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Peter Passuntino is considered one of the founding fathers of American Expressionism. For over 50 years, he has been honing his art practice to define a loose set of standards for American painting, post-pop. Passuntino demands that his pictorial language communicates to his audience through surreal narratives, realistic form, concentrating on the female and male body against implausible space. As Passuntino continues to explore figurative expression, he remains primarily focused on color and inventing new pictorial forms. This refusal to submit to a darker palette demonstrates a dedication to creating pieces that speak loudly to the art community, especially in New York, where he’s shown his work since 1960.
Born in 1936 in Chicago, Passuntino lives and works in New York City. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1954 to 1958, later studying in Paris at Institut des Arts et Acheologie and Sir William Hayter Atelier during 1963 through 1965. At eighteen, Peter exhibited in a group show at the Carnegie Institute and, at nineteen, had a solo show at the Artists Guild in Chicago. During the 1970s, Passuntino co-founded the figurative expressionist group Rhino Horn, contesting the New York School rhetoric and promoting political and social discourse. His 2014 “Explosive Color” exhibit at shny in New York City was a runaway success.