Peter Soriano

United States 1959

Abstract Art

Peter Soriano
Peter Soriano
United States
March 11, 2016
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Sometimes success and recognition aren’t enough. When your work seems predictable, easy or obvious, it’s time to move forward. Peter Soriano was already famous for his sculptures when he started to feel this way. The artworks were defined as childlike and with a pop sensibility, and they took an almost absurd amount of time to be finished. The artist just didn’t find himself in the world of sculpture anymore. The change was a necessity, and it was a radical change indeed. He now works in wall drawings, which he specialize for the exhibitions, and also in drawing on paper, which is much more intimate.

Soriano creates indoor murals and drawings on paper

Peter Soriano - Permanent Maintenance, 2015 (detail)
Peter Soriano – Permanent Maintenance, 2015 (detail)

From Sculpture to Drawing on Walls

By the mid 90’s, Soriano was famous for his biomorphic and deceptively playful, fiberglass made sculptures. After the residency at the Atelier Calder in France, in 2004, the artist started making wall-based sculptures by combining spray paint with pipes and steel cables. These structural elements were later abandoned, and the artist found his field of work – wall drawings, or murals. The only thing he carried from his past are the abstract elements, but when closer looked, his new creations, consisted of lines, boxes, notations and spray-painted arrows are the artist’s response to his surroundings.

He enjoys working in spaces imposed on him, and that makes his exhibiting pieces even better and the constant process of adapting gives them a personal note. In addition to the wall drawings, Soriano also creates on paper, and this line of work is inspired by the same subject matters. He uses watercolor, spray paint, colored inks and pencils to draw on the sheets of Japanese paper, which are then folded over and over again, until the drawings become almost structural. The process includes reworking, and the finished pieces are the result of the constant heightening and repositioning the relationship between forms.

The drawings are almost structural

Peter Soriano - Paris - Ober (Blue Tarp), 2014 (detail) - Berlin, 2015 (detail)
Peter Soriano – Paris – Ober (Blue Tarp), 2014 (detail) / Berlin, 2015 (detail)

Lessons on Drawing Came from Fernando Zobel

Peter was born in the Philippines and has French-American origins. He was artistically educated from an early age by his uncle, Fernando Zobel, who was famous in the field of abstraction. It was Zobel who insisted that the drawing is the basis of artistic development. Soriano spent hours in museums where he drew human figures and landscapes. It was these teachings of his uncle that led to where he is now. He considers drawing as a vehicle he uses to locate himself in various physical, metaphorical and psychological spaces. The paper is used to show how these places intersect, but also so the artist could clarify and understand them.

The artist earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1981 and later that year, completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Drawing is a vehicle the artist uses to locate himself in various places

Peter Soriano - At Intervals, 2014 (detail)
Peter Soriano – At Intervals, 2014 (detail)

Putting the Past into the Garbage

Making a fresh start isn’t easy. Before leaving for the Calder residency, Soriano gave up the lease on his studio in Williamsburg in which he worked for more than a decade. Much of his unfinished work ended up in the garbage, and the sight of all that work being trashed only made him more determined to use that change in his physical place to change his work to, by force, if necessary. That decision, in combination with the early lessons on drawing led to his new approach to art, and finding a place where he once again enjoys creating.

He is represented by the IdeelArt gallery in London, UK.

Peter Soriano lives and works in New York.

Featured image courtesy of IdeelArt.

All images copyright © Peter Soriano.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Permanent MaintenanceColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MESolo
2015Drawing Now Paris: Le Salon Du Dessin ContemporainGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceSolo
2014La chaleur de l’usureDe Markten, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2014Busan BiennalleBusan Museum of Art, Busan, South KoreaGroup
2014Inhabiting Ten EyckStorefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2014Real EstateVentana 244, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2013PanoramaGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Bagaduce ->()<- East 19thStreet.Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, MESolo
2013New WorkLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
2013L’artiste collectionneurDix 291, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Other Side and what followsDomaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, FranceSolo
2012Autre Pareil 2, le retourGalerie Une Poussiere Dans L'Oeil, Villeneuve d'Ascq, FranceGroup
2012Break / StepRadiator Arts, Long Island City, NYGroup
2012La Fureur de L’eturnuementGalerie Marcel Duchamp, Yvetot, FranceGroup
2012Les pélagiques #2: La mesure des chosesMusee des Beaux Arts, Dunkerque, France Group
2011Other Side -> (NUM)BERS <- + DessinsGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Autre pareilMusee des Beaux Arts, Dunkerque, FranceGroup
2011Provisional PaintingModern Art Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Dimensions VariableFrederico Seve Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010Points Touching/Spaces DefinedGalerie Bernard Jordan, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2010It’s the uncertaintyTHEODORE:Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010EbullitionsArtais, CEPF BNP Paribas, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Geometric IllusionFrederico Seve Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Ends and MeansLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYGroup
2010L’ArabesqueBleu Acier, Inc., Tampa FloridaGroup
2009The Line is a SignFrederico Seve Gallery/latincollector, New York, NYGroup
2009EmmenagementGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France Group
2008Other Side..(...IDOL, AJAC, IONA, EMEU...)..Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceSolo
2008Oeuvres abstraites extraites des collectionsArtotheque du Limousin, Limoges, FranceGroup
2008Flow ChartLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY Group
2007New Sculpture & DrawingLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
2007Running FixFonds Regional d’Art Contemporain (Frac) Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, FranceSolo
2007L’art dans les chapellesChapelle Saint-Fiacre, Melrand, France Group
2007La couleur toujours recommencee: Hommage a Jean FournierMusee Fabre, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2007Taking ShapeLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York Group
2006Oeuvres recentes realisees a l’atelier CalderGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceSolo
2006La Force de l’ArtGrand-Palais, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Jean Fournier: Un choix d’oeuvres sur papierLe Ring, Artotheque de Nantes, Nantes, FranceGroup
2006Synthetic AestheticRoger Smith Lab Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Artists Curating Artists: Plastic FantasticThe Shore Instutute of the Contemporary Arts (SICA), Long Branch, NJ Group
2005Kittyfat/Sache Workday DrawingsEcole Regionale des Beaux-Arts, Caen, FranceSolo
2005Non compatibles, une peinture sans qualitesVilla Tamaris Centre d’art, ToulonGroup
2005Gallery ArtistsLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYGroup
2005Works on Paper 2005Schmidt Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2005Maine Connections: The Obscure and the Celebrated Artists of Maine, 1920-2005Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill, MEGroup
2004Oeuvres recentesAtelier Calder, Sache, FranceSolo
2004Pose sur le papier, dessine sur le mur, carnet et une sculpturegalerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, FranceGroup
2004Toys in the AtticLennon Weinberg, Inc., New YorkGroup
2004Le Syndrome de BabyloneVilla du Parc, Annemasse, FranceGroup
2004Il y a autant de raisons que de facons de dessinerNouveau Theatre, Angers, France Group
2003New Sculpture & DrawingLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
2003Corporal Identity–Body Language, 9th Triennial for Form and ContentMuseum of Art and Design, New York, NYGroup
2003Corporal Identity–Body Language, 9th Triennial for Form and ContentMuseum fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2003Corporal Identity–Body Language, 9th Triennial for Form and ContentKlingspor Museum, Offenbach, GermanyGroup
2003Quatuor PlastiqueEcole des Beaux-Arts, Valence, France Group
2002SculpteurEcole national superieure d’art (ENAD), Limoges, FranceSolo
2002Peter SorianoEspace d’art contemporain Camille Lambert, Juvisy-sur-Orge, FranceSolo
2002Juste pour voir—dessin(s)Ecole national superieure d’art (ENAD), Limoges, FranceSolo
2002ArchipelagoMuseum of Contemporary Art, Denver, COGroup
2002Points, Lignes, PlansGalerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Brussels, Belgium Group
2002Made in BrooklynWythe Studio, BrooklynGroup
2002Drawn from a CollectionColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MEGroup
2002New Year New York New WorkLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYGroup
2001Peter SorianoGalerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, FranceSolo
2001Avatars du papierGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceGroup
2001FIAC 2001Galerie Bernard Jordan et Eric Seydoux editions, Paris, FranceGroup
2001Mir2Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2001Figstract ExplosionismBridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery, New York, NY Group
2000Philippe Richard-Peter Soriano: peintures, sculptures 1990-2000Musee des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, FranceSolo
2000Snapshot : An Exhibition of 1,000 ArtistsThe Contemporary Museum, Baltmore, MDGroup
2000New Acquisitions : A Decade of CollectingFogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MAGroup
2000Simple StatementsFine Arts Center Gallery, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI Group
2000Almost Something: Deceptive AbstractionCatherine Moore Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2000Made On MarsGlassbox, Paris, FranceGroup
2000LusciousElizabeth Harris, New York, NY Group
1999New SculptureLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
1999Peter SorianoInterface 4, Marseille, FranceSolo
1999Peter SorianoLe 19 Centre regional d’art contemporain (CRAC), Montbeliard, FranceSolo
1999Peter SorianoVilla Steinbach, Musee des Beaux Arts, MulhouseSolo
1999Peter SorianoAncien college des Jesuites, Reims, FranceSolo
1999SkulpturenRenate Schroder Galerie, Koln, GermanySolo
1999Carte Blanche a Jean FournierGalerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, FranceGroup
1999Ecole regionale des Beaux-ArtsRouen, FranceGroup
1999LusciousElizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999Art BerlinGalerie Rothamel, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1999Photographs by Painters, Photographers, SculptorsLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY Group
1998Peter SorianoMK Expositieruimte, Rotterdam, NetherlandsSolo
1998Peter SorianoLa Maison d’Art Contemporain (MACC), Chailloux de Fresnes, FranceSolo
1998Peter SorianoGalerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, FranceSolo
199822/21 VisionEmily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NYGroup
1998L’abstractions et ses territoiresLe 19 CRAC: Centre regional d’art contemporain, Montbeliard, FranceGroup
1998Southern ExposureAmbrosino Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
1998Nine International Artsists at Wanas 1998Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, SwedenGroup
1998Rencontres 11La Vigie Art Contemporain, Nimes, FranceGroup
1998Pop AbstractionMuseum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1998Anne et les garconsGalerie Athanor, Marseille, FranceGroup
1998UtzLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYGroup
1998Art Cologne 98Renate Schroder Galerie, Koln, GermanyGroup
1997Peter SorianoSchmidt Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MOSolo
1997SculptureJames Graham & Sons, New York, NYGroup
1997Just what do you think you are doing Dave?Willamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1997Couleurs couleursGalerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, FranceGroup
1997La CollectionFondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, FranceGroup
1997The 33rd Annual Exhibition of Art on PaperWeatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC Group
1997The Enduring Presence: New York AbstractionRoland Gibson Gallery, Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam, NYGroup
1997Buttered Side UpKoffler Gallery, Toronto, CanadaGroup
1996New Sculpture 1995-1996Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
1996Sculptures, ouevres sur papierGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisSolo
1996Un oeil americainGalerie Le Carre, Lille, FranceGroup
1996The Enduring Presence: New York AbstractionEwing Gallery of Art & Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TNGroup
1996The Enduring Presence: New York AbstractionBiggen Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, ALGroup
1996ThingDeven Golden Fine Art, New YorkGroup
1996Buttered Side UpHallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NYGroup
1996HothouseThe Work Space, New York, NYGroup
1996Skowhegan at Fifty: The Maine LegacyMaine College of Art, Portland, MEGroup
1996Skowhegan at Fifty: The Maine LegacyMaine Coast Artists (now CMCA), Rockport, MEGroup
1996Salon des TreeNew York, NYGroup
1995Gallery ArtistsLennon Weinberg Gallery, New YorkGroup
1995Chess & CheckersExit Art/The First World, New York, NYGroup
1995Maux FauxRonald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, NYGroup
1994SculptureLennon Weinberg Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1994…It’s How You Play the GameExit Art, New York, NY Group
1993FauxRonald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, NYGroup
1993A6°Galerie Le Carre, LilleGroup
1993Dix aventures a vivreGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceGroup
1993Fantastic WanderingsCummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CTGroup
1993Works on PaperLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYGroup
1993Outside Possibilities ’93The Rushmore festival, Woodbury, NYGroup
1993SculptureLennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY Group
1992Recent acquisitionsFogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Group
1991Burning in HellFranklin Furnace, New York, NYGroup
1991Three ArtistsElaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NYGroup
1986Bodies and DreamsWhite Columns, New York, NYGroup