Osvaldo Mariscotti: Kaleidoscope

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NEW YORK, NY - Upsilon Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its new space at 23 East 67th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with an inaugural exhibition "Kaleidoscope," featuring multi-media works by Italian-American artist Osvaldo Mariscotti. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York.

Mariscotti dedicates much of his practice to the study of human perception and the interaction of form and color. Taking cues from his artistic predecessors of non-objective and minimalist practice, Mariscotti maintains a resolute and programmatic rejection of the visual referent, and an affirmation of an autonomous artistic language that is both armed with a semiotic understanding of the creation of meaning and grounded in its own material properties. Ongoing experimentation with techniques within painting, sculpture and printmaking allows him to develop a new language, a code of sorts, to realize a playful dance straddling the worlds of the organic and inorganic into his intensely worked yet fresh and refined surfaces.

He maintains a profound affinity with the linguistic insights articulated by lyrical poetic practices, celebrating the direct expressive qualities of the basic units of color as language — letters and words. Mariscotti’s method at first seems arbitrary, with chance playing a major role in the paintings, but, with closer examination, reveal a methodical if not mathematical precision, referencing models of conceptual allusion and illusion.

Despite the myriad colors and complexity of forms in his work, he manages to deftly arrange and choreograph his mark making to create a sense of harmony. In the end, Mariscotti’s artworks leave the viewer with a renewed, joyful, and meaningful experience, one with a sense of appeal and sensory indulgence.


He has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in prestigious institutions around the world such as the MIIT Museum, Turin; the Malzfabrik, Berlin; the Chianciano Museum of Art, Chianciano Terme; the Galata Museum, Genoa; the Officina delle Zattere, Venice; the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona; Canova Museum, Possagno; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Giuseppe Sciortino, Monreale. In 2015, Mariscotti first participated in the 56th Venice Biennale with his now iconic Book of Color I.


Upsilon Gallery is located at 23 East 67th Street, New York NY 10065. Exhibition hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM, Saturday by appointment. Please contact the gallery at (646) 476-4190 or email at info@upsilongallery.com for further details.


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