Visionary Artist and Compulsive Visual Explorer
Carlos Grasso’s personal journey began in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his parents encouraged his interest in the arts, particularly music. As a young adult, while studying figure drawing in workshops, he also studied both piano and flute at the National Conservatory of Music before moving to Paris, where he worked as a professional flautist for 15 years. During this period, he also trained and worked as a graphic designer. After moving to Southern California, it only took one class with master representational artist David Leffel for Carlos to discover a new passion: painting. Over the last 25 years, not only has he transitioned from music to making art full time, he’s also shifted from representational works to abstraction, mixed media and conceptual art. Throughout this period, he has participated in many gallery and group exhibitions, and received a number of awards for his work.
“My work is a continuous exploration of the sensory field to create new visual and tactile forms and shapes, which are the key to unlock the inner emotional landscape of the viewer. I use simple materials (canvas and found objects) that once transformed, reshape or deconstructed, invite the creative experience.
Artists—in all branches and disciplines—are the preeminent voice of both the collective and the individual unconscious. Art brings to the surface, to our awareness, all the processes that run deep, embedded, and often silently ignored within. As the ancient philosopher once said, the unexamined life is not worth living.“
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by Los Angeles Art Critic ShanaNys Dambrot about Carlos Grasso's work in 2015.