Abba Fine Art is pleased to present Marco Casentini's paintings "Candyland" opening February 16 and on view through April 11, 2013. Marco Casentini is known for his lighthearted, optimistic and colorful works, which focus heavily on geometric representations of cityscapes. The strong, bright colors Marco favors are heavily influenced by scenery he experienced in his native Italy and in his frequent travels to Southern California. Marco draws inspiration from Pop art, the Los Angeles urban scene, and the bright hues of Mexican architecture, as well as the fantastic, hyper-real worlds of Disney and other cartoons.
In Marco’s acrylic and alkyd paintings, he explores the spatial dynamics of color, texture, and design. He is intrigued and inspired by urban spaces, and, through the use of colored blocks, he attempts to capture the geometry of city architecture and the large buildings that dominate city window views.
Marco paints on canvas, a well as perspex, aluminum, brass, copper and wood. He is known for his grandiose wall paintings, in which he seeks to create a strong emotional impact through the use of great expanses of color. In these works, painting becomes architecture.
Marco Casentini has exhibited his artwork in Italy, the U.S., French, Germany and Switzerland in more then 50 solo exhibitions since 1983. Casentini’s work appears in many private, corporate, and public collections, including the Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany; The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH; the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, the Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica, Slovenia; and in Italy, Civica Raccolta del Disegno, Salò; Fondazione Bandera per l’Arte, Busto Arsizio; Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Sesto Calende; MAPP Museo d’Arte Paolo Pini, Milan; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Calasetta; CAMeC, La Spezia, the Università degli Studi, Pavia and the Università Bocconi, Milano. Casentini was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2005 and was invited in 2011 at the 54ma Venice Biennale, at the Italian Pavillion for the Section Liguria. He was born in La Spezia, Italy. He graduated from the Liceo Artistico in Carrara in 1980 and from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara in 1984.