Peter Reginato

Peter Reginato

B. 1945

A noted contemporary painter whose chosen medium is enamel and canvas, Reginato was born in Texas, but grew up in California and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1963 to 1966. His whimsical abstract forms employ a variety of textures and colors, grouping together painted (and sometimes layered or drawn) shapes in a collage-like fashion. The shapes are sometimes layered, but are often connected allowing individual elements to seemingly move about in space.

“The common wisdom in the art world today suggests that in order to make an important statement, an artist must take as much out as possible, thereby creating something that is empty. I want to do the opposite. I want to make art as full as possible. The only thing I took out of my work was realism. I saw greater possibilities in abstraction.”

“I believe that a new art will contain all the traditional elements—line, form, color, composition, drawing. I want to leave behind work that is for every generation, no matter what the existing trends are, or the perceived opinion of good and bad. I would like to think that my work will be enjoyed, talked about, and maybe even seen as vital to those times; I would like to think it will mean something to whoever is looking at it.”

Though abstract, Reginato’s exuberant paintings possess an anthropomorphic feel, and the collage-like nature of his compositions imbues each work with a distinct personality. Reginato has recently produced a series of paintings in enamel on canvas that are brilliantly colorful and dynamic, adding a new dimension to his work.

The artist’s many honors include a Guggenheim fellowship and scores of solo gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. His work is found in numerous prestigious private and public collections.

Mr. Reginato’s work is represented in many public collections, including the Allen Art Center, Houston, TX; Brown University; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; IBM Corporation; the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, MA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Mint Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

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