Bart Exposito is an American artist known for his geometric paintings that evoke design and architecture. Exposito was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1970. His pursuits as an artist began in the mid-1990s with his studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where he earned his BFA in 1998. Two years later he received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, LA.
For more than fifteen years of artistic practice, Bart Exposito has developed a particular style of abstract painting which can be described as a unique mixture of graphic design and abstract expressionism. Using wet, as well as dry media, Exposeito achieves stunning result dissolving the traditional line between painting and drawing. A curved, hand-drawn, black line divide each composition most often vertically but in some cases horizontally, leaving visible themes of landscape, architecture and figuration.
Numerous of Exposito’s works imply a large number of visual symbols, primarily alphabets, calligraphic composition and maps. His taste for level, one-dimensional planes and simple combinations of color aren’t visually disturbing, instead, they’re subversive. When juxtaposed, variously colored shapes in his pieces can hint three-dimensional forms open to interpretation – the unrealistic landscape, or a schematic design for the human movement along a stairway.
Represented by Thomas Solomon Gallery, LA, Bart Exposito has participated in many individual and collective shows nationally and internationally. His works have been included in group exhibitions at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Santa Monica, Saatchi Gallery in London and at Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles, to name a few.
He has also had numerous one-person exhibitions in Los Angeles at Thomas Solomon Gallery (2010, 2011, 2014) and Black Dragon Society (2005, 2007), as well as at the Finesilver Gallery, Houston, Donna Beam Gallery, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and at Bill Maynes Gallery in New York City, among many others.
For many years Exposito has lived in Los Angeles where he has taught painting and drawing at the University of California and at the University of Southern California.
In 2012, he shifted to Santa Fe where he has worked as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque until 2014. Moving from noisy Los Angeles to the oldest city in New Mexico which has a high concentration of artists who have come over the years to find inspiration in the natural beauty of the landscape, influenced Exposito’s new work.
Also, he has been influenced by the work of American abstract painters such as Agnes Martin, Richard Tuttle and John McCracken.
Bart Exposito’s works are in many notable public collections including Bank of America; Saatchi Gallery, London; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles; West Collection, Philadelphia; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, among others.
Bart Exposito currently lives and works in New Mexico.
|2015||Strange Alphabet||Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA||Solo|
|2014||Bart Exposito||Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2014||Art Los Angeles Contemporary||Thomas Solomon Gallery, Santa Monica, California||Group|
|2013||Forty Years at the Daniel Weinberg Gallery||Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2013||Amarillo Entropy||Powerstation Gallery, Dallas, TX||Group|
|2012||Oppenheimer Collection, A 20th Anniversary Celebration||Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas||Group|
|2012||Summer Group Exhibition||Michael H. Lord Gallery, Palm Springs||Group|
|2012||Abstraction||Michael H. Lord Gallery, Palm Springs||Group|
|2012||Architectural Disposition||Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2012||Vous Play||JB Jurve Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2011||Paper Primitives||Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2011||Greater LA, organized by Eleanor Cayre||Benjamin Godsill and Joel Mesler, New York City||Group|
|2011||GOLDMINE: Contemporary Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold||University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California||Group|
|2010||Bends||Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2010||Painting||LA Art House, West Hollywood, California||Group|
|2010||Ecstatic Structure, with Warren Isensee and Stanley Whitney||Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas||Group|
|2009||Fantastic LA||University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois||Group|
|2009||An Exhibition of Selected Skills of the Unemployed||WPA, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2009||Summer Group Show, co-organized with Sister and China Art Objects||Cottage Home/ Thomas Solomon Gallery@Cottage Home, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2009||Abstract America||Saatchi Gallery, London, England||Group|
|2009||Loveable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children||Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Group|
|2008||Strange Loops||Finesilver Gallery, Houston, Texas||Solo|
|2008||Keeping it Straight||Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California||Group|
|2008||Pruess Press||RENTAL Gallery, New York City, New York||Group|
|2008||Heavy Corner||Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2008||LA Potential||Hangart 7, Salzburg, Austria||Group|
|2007||Figure Looks a Lot Like Me In Paint||Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2007||New Work||Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California||Solo|
|2007||Automatons||Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2007||Painting Design||Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California||Group|
|2007||Paper Bombs, organized by Bart Exposito||Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2006||Picture Postcards From a Neon Wilderness||Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|2006||Three Paintings||Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2005||Paintings||Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2005||In Between Bandwidths: Bart Exposito & Ry Rocklen||Black Dragon Society, NADA Art Fair, Miami, Florida||Group|
|2005||Christmas in July||Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2005||In the Abstract||Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California||Group|
|2004||Painting & Sculpture||Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2004||Wake Up & Apologize||Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2003||Paintings||Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2003||Small Work||Margo Victor Presents, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2003||Game Over||Galerie Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany||Group|
|2003||Bart Exposito, Aaron Parazette, Susie Rosmarin||Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas||Group|
|2002||Paintings & Drawings||Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada||Solo|
|2002||Paintings & Drawings||Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2002||Paintings & Drawings||Bill Maynes Gallery, New York City, New York||Solo|
|2002||Summer Invitational||Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, New York||Group|
|2002||Pierogi 2000, Flat Files||Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, New York||Group|
|2001||Bart Exposito||Hot Cocoa Lab, Venice, California||Solo|
|2001||Roomtone||Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Solo|
|2001||Sketchy||Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2001||The Stuff Dreams is Made of||Frankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany||Group|
|2001||Cloud 9||Ginsler Architecture, Santa Monica, California||Group|
|2001||Ars Moralis||Bea Schlingelhoff/Galerie fur Gegenwarstkunst, Bremen, Germany||Group|
|2001||Jacques de Beaufort, Bart Exposito, Monique van Genderen||Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California||Group|
|2000||For Example||Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2000||Proun, organized by Bart Exposito||Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2000||New School||Works on Paper Gallery, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|1999||Cal Arts Postal||Studio 9, London, United Kingdom||Group|