EDUCATION

 

1976 - 1882

 

National School of Fine Arts

 

Art Students League, New York, NY

 

 1988, 1990

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

 

2015

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

 

NNamdi Contemporary, Miami, FL

 

2014

Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

 

2012

 

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

 

The Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

 

2011

 

Messineo Art Project, New York, NY

 

Wyman Contemporary, New York, NY

 

2010

 

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

2009

 

Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

Wallace Fine Art, Long Boat Key, FL

 

2008

 

Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Parish Gallery, Washington, DC

 

Messineo Art Project, New York, NY

 

2007

 

Peg Alston Fine Art, New York, NY

 

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

 

Messieno Art Project, New York, NY

 

Wyman Contemporary, New York, NY

 

2006

 

Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

Peg  Alston Fine Art, New York, NY

 

Parish Gallery, Washington, DC

 

2005

 

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

JoySmith Gallery, Memphis, TN

 

Madelyn Jordon, Scarsdale, NY

 

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

 

2004

 

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

 

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Concordia University  Museum, MI

 

Stella Jones Gallery New, Orleans, LA

 

2003

 

JoySmith Gallery, Memphis, TN

 

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

 

Parish Gallery, Washington, DC

 

2002

 

Corbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FL

 

2001

 

Corbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FL

 

Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

 

 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

2000

 

Leonora Kreiger Gallery, New York, NY

 

1999

 

Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

 

G.R. N’Namdi Galleries, Chicago, IL

 

Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

 

Bender Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

 

J.Rainey Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

1998

 

Corbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FL

 

Parish Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC

 

Virgina Miller Gallery, Miami, FL

 

Bender Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 

1997

 

Parish Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC

 

Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

 

Sindin Galleries, New York, NY

 

Corbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FL

 

1996

 

Corbino Galleries, Sarasota, FL

 

La Vita Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

Drew Cryst Gallery, Sparta, NJ

 

1995

 

Arden Gallery, Boston, MA

 

Medicci Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

Drew Cryst Gallery, Sparta, NJ

 

1993

 

Infinity, Art Gallery, New York, NY

 

1987

 

Centro de la Cultura, Santiago, DR

 

1985

 

Dominican American Institute of Culture, Santo Domingo, DR

 

1982

 

The Reserved Bank of the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, DR

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

2015

 

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, N.Y.

 

NNamdi Art Center, Detroit, Michigan

 

Peg Alston Fine Arts, New York, N.Y.

 

2011

 

Philharmonic Art Center, Naples, FL

 

Parish Gallery, Washington, DC

 

Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

2010

 

G.R. N’Namdi Art Center, Detroit, ML

 

2007

 

G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Seven Voices, New York, NY

 

Parish Gallery, Group show, Washington DC

 

2004

 

G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Art Miami, Miami, FL

 

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, New York, NY

 

Henoch Gallery, New York, NY

 

Stella Jones Gallery, BAF, New York, NY

 

2002

 

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

 

A.A.F. New York, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, NY

 

Stella Jones Gallery, New York, NY

 

Kenkeleba Gallery, Rutgers University, New York, NY

 

2001

 

Corbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FL

 

Stella Jones Gallery, New York, NY

 

Stella Jones, Gallery, New Orleans, LA

 

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 

Madelyn Jordon Fine Arts, Scarsdale, NY

 

2000

 

Corbino Galleries, Longboat Key, Florida

 

Bender Fine Art, Atlanta,

 

G.R. N’Namdi gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Parish Gallery, Washington, DC

 

1999

 

Corbino Galleries, Longboat Key, Florida

 

Ira Pinto Gallery, Washington, DC

 

Parish Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC

 

Amalia Mahony, Chicago, Illinois

 

1988

 

Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

 

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL

 

Simon Gallery, Morristwon, New Jersey

 

Brenda Kroos Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Art Vancouver, BC Stella Jones Gallery

 

1987

 

Sindin Galleries, New York, New York

 

Simon Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey

 

1995

 

Corbino Galleries, Sarasota, Florida

 

1994

 

Carib Art Gallery, New York, New York

 

1993

 

Arden Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

 

1992

 

Jacob Javitts Center, New York, New York

 

1991

 

Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, DR

 

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

 

Dillar University, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Dominican America Institute of Culture, Santo Domingo, DR

 

Latin American Museum of Modern Art, Washington, DC

 

Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, DR

 

Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey

 

The Reserved Bank of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, DR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Eloysa Johnson

Ph.D.

Art historian and Critic

ANTONIO CARRENO

Born June 13, 1963 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, he attended the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo from 1976-1982. He also studied at the Art Student League in New York in 1988-1999. Carreno recalls that he was always drawing as a child, but is not quite sure when he began the actual activities most of his encouragement came from his mother who loves paintings, and was highly involved in the arts. 

She provided inspirations to him as a young child. She was the one that took him to the National School of Fine Arts at a very early age.

Carreno describes his work as very personal. However, he admits that  It does follow certain styles and personalities.

Theoretically, it remains quite autographical in the sense that it reverts back to his remembrance or recollection of his place of origin. Each layer of paint on canvas uncovers the multiples layers of his life and the tropical landscape that dominates his native country. The Dominican Republic has a rich artistic history that combines indigenous traditions and modernism. Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the new world, has the oldest street,  cathedral, and university in the country.

Much of this history is infused into Carreno`s work richly colored paintings.

Carreno

In this new work,  uses broad strokes that slide across the canvas, while other strokes seem haphazardly applied in jerky strokes.

Bright colors of yellow and red hues predominate here, with a touch of blue. The composition of colors imposes its will on a dark blackish surface that is neither dull nor completely dark yet gives the painting a more somber note. Instead of the play of colors that suggest the sun and sky in previous works, this painting is quiet and subdued; more inward-looking.

It seems to be an offshoot of the Sublime series that the artist created earlier in his career. Carreno explains this new direction*

AC.I was changing the title of this year paintings to the process of which they are made, which there is a flow to,  that is uniquely you....Since 2007, I have been using both, traditional brushes and the spatula, so in theory that ... I use the spatula and the palette knife, I use the brushes for lines and on the surface of the painting... the Sublime series, series and most of these work in 2010. so somewhere around 2010, 2011, 12 and 13, 14, I was finished with this work and then started on the Gravitation series.

In his earlier work, Carreno sometimes built up the composition with sand or added layers of paint like encoustic to acquire the translucent quality that this technique affords. But he does not stop at experimentation.

AC: I do not necessarily disregard any of my works and the style that I have to develop and continue to work on, on a contingency basis... just that I suppose I might be interested in experimenting on just the process of the materials itself, or sometimes that might grab your interest ... or put you into the experimentation process that you create another series...and I like that ability to be able to understand that experiment and go in and out and around the styles. I have used others that have an inheritance to that pictorial...picture, I would say groups that I have worked or created.

Unlike some artist who works through a process and feels like they have reached some mode of perfection or conclusion, he does not. He continues to experiment until his recent work borders on the non-representational. Carreno is not beholden of any particular style or movement. He is quite aware of them, yet he does not want to be labeled or constricted by any. In his experimentation with technique and methods, he seems to be hurtling toward the non-representational, and like Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fictional character in Star Wars, he is asking us to trust the force: our instincts. But as human beings we resist, peering into his work as a Rorschach test,

trying to find the familiar, the recognizable, and discovering only a reflection of ourselves, not him. But there is a little disappointment. Carreno is asking us to trust the spiritual, the celestial, for deeper meanings. Then and only then, perhaps, we will see what he sees and knows- that there is always something deeper to explore and learn; we just have to trust our instincts.