Bart Exposito, artist, photo by Rainer Hosch, courtesy of Rainer Hosch

Bart Exposito/ Bart Exposito

United States 1970

Abstract Art, Painting

Bart Exposito
Bart Exposito
Male
United States
1970

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.

Bart Exposito’s Abstract Oeuvre

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.

Left: Bart Exposito - Untitled #1, 2014 / Right: Bart Exposito - Untitled #2, 2014, photo credits - artist, abstract paintings
Left: Bart Exposito – Untitled #1, 2014 / Right: Bart Exposito – Untitled #2, 2014

Visual Symbols in Exposito’s Paintings

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.

Left: Bart Exposito - Untitled #1, 2015 / Right: Bart Exposito - Untitled #2, 2015
Left: Bart Exposito – Untitled #1, 2015 / Right: Bart Exposito – Untitled #2, 2015

Bart Exposito at Thomas Solomon Gallery

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.

Bart Exposito - Paper Primitives, 2011, Thomas Solomon Gallery, installation view; Exsposito's second solo show at Thomas Solomon entitled Paper Primitives
Bart Exposito – Paper Primitives, 2011, Thomas Solomon Gallery, installation view

Teaching and Collections

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.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Strange AlphabetSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CASolo
2014Bart ExpositoThomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
2014Art Los Angeles ContemporaryThomas Solomon Gallery, Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
2013Forty Years at the Daniel Weinberg GalleryAmbach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2013Amarillo EntropyPowerstation Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2012Oppenheimer Collection, A 20th Anniversary CelebrationNerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KansasGroup
2012Summer Group ExhibitionMichael H. Lord Gallery, Palm SpringsGroup
2012AbstractionMichael H. Lord Gallery, Palm SpringsGroup
2012Architectural DispositionThomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2012Vous PlayJB Jurve Gallery, Los Angeles, California Group
2011Paper PrimitivesThomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
2011Greater LA, organized by Eleanor CayreBenjamin Godsill and Joel Mesler, New York CityGroup
2011GOLDMINE: Contemporary Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael GoldUniversity Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CaliforniaGroup
2010BendsThomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
2010PaintingLA Art House, West Hollywood, CaliforniaGroup
2010Ecstatic Structure, with Warren Isensee and Stanley WhitneyNerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KansasGroup
2009Fantastic LAUniversity Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, IllinoisGroup
2009An Exhibition of Selected Skills of the UnemployedWPA, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2009Summer Group Show, co-organized with Sister and China Art ObjectsCottage Home/ Thomas Solomon Gallery@Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2009Abstract AmericaSaatchi Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2009Loveable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard ChildrenGreen Gallery East, Milwaukee, WisconsinGroup
2008Strange LoopsFinesilver Gallery, Houston, Texas Solo
2008Keeping it StraightRiverside Art Museum, Riverside, CaliforniaGroup
2008Pruess PressRENTAL Gallery, New York City, New YorkGroup
2008Heavy CornerCreative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2008LA PotentialHangart 7, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2007Figure Looks a Lot Like Me In PaintBlack Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
2007New WorkClaremont Graduate University, Claremont, CaliforniaSolo
2007AutomatonsBlack Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2007Painting  DesignClaremont Graduate University, Claremont, CaliforniaGroup
2007Paper Bombs, organized by Bart ExpositoJack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, California Group
2006Picture Postcards From a Neon WildernessLukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, Austria Group
2006Three PaintingsDaniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles, California Group
2005PaintingsBlack Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California Solo
2005In Between Bandwidths: Bart Exposito & Ry RocklenBlack Dragon Society, NADA Art Fair, Miami, FloridaGroup
2005Christmas in JulyBlack Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2005In the AbstractAngles Gallery, Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
2004Painting & SculptureMark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2004Wake Up & ApologizeHayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2003PaintingsDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California Solo
2003Small WorkMargo Victor Presents, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2003Game OverGalerie Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, GermanyGroup
2003Bart Exposito, Aaron Parazette, Susie RosmarinTexas Gallery, Houston, TexasGroup
2002Paintings & DrawingsDonna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NevadaSolo
2002Paintings & DrawingsDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
2002Paintings & DrawingsBill Maynes Gallery, New York City, New YorkSolo
2002Summer InvitationalBill Maynes Gallery, New York, New York Group
2002Pierogi 2000, Flat FilesPierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2001Bart ExpositoHot Cocoa Lab, Venice, California Solo
2001RoomtoneAcuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSolo
2001SketchyAcuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2001The Stuff Dreams is Made ofFrankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2001Cloud 9Ginsler Architecture, Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
2001Ars MoralisBea Schlingelhoff/Galerie fur Gegenwarstkunst, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2001Jacques de Beaufort, Bart Exposito, Monique van GenderenRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
2000For ExampleAcuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2000Proun, organized by Bart ExpositoBlack Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2000New SchoolWorks on Paper Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
1999Cal Arts PostalStudio 9, London, United Kingdom Group