SEPTEMBER 18 – 29, 2015

Carmen Cicero, Yellow Car, 1999, Watercolor on Paper, 22x29.5
Yellow Car, 1999, Watercolor on Paper, 22×29.5




SEPTEMBER 18 – 29, 2015


Kobalt Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by celebrated guest artist Carmen Cicero:  September 18th – 29th.  The “Art of Carmen Cicero” will feature original paintings and linocuts spanning decades of work.  Cicero, who turns ninety next year, will attend the opening reception at Kobalt Gallery on September 18th from 7-9pm.

Cicero has had a decades spanning career beginning in the early 1950s when he studied under Robert Motherwell. Unafraid to combine different genres, mediums and themes, his work has taken on a style all of its own. Part expressionism, part surrealism and part free association, his paintings include landscapes, literary references and exaggerated, almost cartoon like figures. Cicero’s compositions are filled with wit and humor, and beneath his bright colors and bold shapes lies a purely personal study of states of mind.

Forced to reinvent himself in 1971 after a studio fire destroyed all of Cicero’s work still in his possession, he began to explore what he termed ‘figurative abstraction’, which has been the focus of much of his later work.

Cicero’s connection to Cape Cod dates back to the 1970s when, along with the likes of Motherwell, Varujan Boghosian and Sideo Fromboluti, he became a founding member of the Long Point Gallery. He has exhibited in the area ever since, and he currently splits his time painting and living in Truro and New York City.

Born in New Jersey in 1926, Cicero received a BA from Newark Sate Teachers College before his graduate studies under Robert Motherwell at Hunter College, New York. In 1991 he received an MFA from Montclair State College, NJ.
Throughout his career Cicero has been recognized by major museums, galleries and collectors, in both America and Europe. He has exhibited in six Whitney Annuals, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, The Allbright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and was included in the 1959 exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum that inaugurated its Frank Lloyd Wright designed building. His worked is housed in the permanent collections of over 25 museums including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institute and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Among his many fellowships and awards, Cicero was twice the recipient of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and in 2007 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation