Carlo Maria Mariani 1931 | Italy
Mariani is a conceptual painter. His work is a meditation on perfection and harmony - past, present and future. It is not enough for him to present to the world simply a glimpse of his own private vision. Instead, he offers an alternative mode of thought, to be used by all who seek refuge from mass-media induced mediocrity and cynicism...
He uses his dazzling craftsmanship and mythological themes to address the most advanced aesthetic problems of today. His work involves complex issues including reconciliations of past with present, memory with loss, and life with death...In his work, Mariani strives for heightened consciousness, and for a greater understanding of the dimensions, not only of space, but also of time."
-David Ebony, Art in America
Carlo Maria Mariani was born in Rome and studied in Italy at the Academia di Belle Arti. Mariani is a conceptual artist who uses painting as his medium. His work combines the language of both classical and contemporary imagery to express his personal vision and the hidden anxieties of our time. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Feltrinelli prize from the Academia dei Lincel in Rome for lifetime achievement in painting and has represented his native Italy three times in the Venice Biennale. He has exhibited worldwide Documenta, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Frye Museum in Seattle, Bologna Museum of Modern Art and his work is held in private and public collections in Europe and the United States, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Earl Mcgrath Gallery is pleased to hold an exhibition of his paintings at our New York location in the spring of 2003. Mariani lives and works in New York City.