Raul Conti was born in Morteros, Province of Cordoba in Argentina, in 1931 and became a US citizen in 1997. Conti’s works, both paintings and sculptures speak volumes through symbols universal to man. Although he often employs Pre- Columbian elements, these works have a proto-historical perspective common to the whole race. Beginning in his adolescence, under the tutelage of Alfredo Lazzari and Juan Grela, Conti studied throughout Latin America and Europe. His interests have long been centered on the resolution of plastic compositions through the austerity of a palette based on earth tones. Later, he sought the luminosity of forms through the contrast of complementary colours using saturated dyes. He blends the saturated dyes with their complementary producing greys of colours that have evolved in his works. He is committed to the seemingly contradictory worlds of meaning and emotion, expressing basic impulses that appeal to a distant faculty. Conti’s travels and many exhibitions through Latin America, allowed him to explore the symbolic subject matter of Pre- Columbian Art. As Hector Cartier pointed out “going beyond that, Conti perceives that modern art after centuries of illusionary visualization, has penetrated (allowing an opportunity for a more significant encounter with those vital roots) into the core of archaic imagery: Images generally born of an image- conjuring world impregnated by mythical and sacred impulses”. His life and work have been divided between his studios in Hell’s Kitchen, New York since 1977 and Buenos Aires, Argentina. A prolific artist at 83, he is now in the process of completing his second retrospective book, which will be available at the end of 2014.
Selected solo exhibitions
2013 – 2012 Raul Conti, Consulado Argentino (New York, New York, USA), 2010 – Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, “Emilio Petorutti”, (La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2009 – Expotrastienda (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Bolsa de Comercio (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2008 – Empatía Espacio de Arte (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2007 – Galería Racíes Americanas (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2006 – Isabel Anchorena Galería de Arte (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2005 – Consulado Argentino (New York, New York, USA), 2004 – Galería Mediterránea (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes “Juan Ramón Vidal” (Corrientes, Argentina), 2001 – Museo Saavedra (Buenos Aires, Argentina),
1993 – Fundación San Rafael (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Galería Vermeer (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1984 – Kristen Richard Gallery (New York, New York, USA), Galería Raquel Real (Rosario, Argentina), 1983 – Kaber gallery (New York, New York, USA), 1978 – Gallery Worth Avenue (Palm Beach, Florida, USA), Sheridan gallery (New York, New York, USA), 1970 – Instituto Catalán de Cultura Hispánica (Barcelona, Spain), Internacional gallery (Bogotá, Colombia), 1967 – Galeria Arca (La Paz, Bolovia), 1962 – Museo Historico de Bellas Artes (Corrientes, Argentina).
Selected group exhibitions
2007 – Programa “Argentina Pinta Bien”, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2004 – ARTEBA, Galeria de Arte, Isabel Anchorena (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1997 – “Contemporary Latin American Art” Kulturcentrum Ronneby (Ronneby, Sweden), 1995 – “4 Argentine Artists”, The Museum of Paterson (New Jersey, USA), Feria Internacional de Arte (Mexico City, Mexico), 1991 – Newark Museum (New Jersey, USA), 1983 – ”VI” Bienal de Grabado” (San Juan, Puerto Rica), ”II” Bienal de Grabado Latinoamericano at Cayman gallery (New York, USA), 1982 – Museo de Cultura Portorriquena (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 1980 – Centro de bellas artes (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Museo Municipal de Guayaquil (Ecuador), 1979 – ”14 Latin American Artists” Queens Museum (New York, USA), ”7 Artist” Cayman Gallery (New York, USA), 1975 – ”Imagen de America” Museo de Arte Moderno (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1969 – ”5 pintores” Banco Popular Argentino (Buenos Aires, Argentina), ”Pedro Martinez” Museo de Bellas Artes (Parana, Argentina), 1966 – ”Por la liberacion de Paris” Galeria Ciencia (Rosario, Argentina).