THE ART OF CARMEN CICERO
SEPTEMBER 18 – 29, 2015
RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 18, 7-9pm
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.