Damien Sarno was born in Buenos Aires in 1964 and migrated to the United States in 1990. His contribution to portraiture is powerful but strategically restrained.

His faces are made up of almost highlighter shades of blue, green and orange. They appear to have an X-ray or even photographic negative make up and yet he does not push this psychedelic style into the realm of improbability. You can imagine most of them to be distinct people. Every person in his paintings has been fully realized and has been given unique attributes accordingly.

Balaeria and Diver have been placed in aquatic surroundings. Sarno shows that he is a master colorist in these paintings; a brilliant white has been gently shaded with bits of green, blue or purple to create a moon light effect in his figures’ skin.

Sarno’s unfocused imagery triggers the viewer to put not only the painting but their own lives into focus. “The out of focus way of applying the paint makes a connection with my feeling of our fast and erratic way of living. Our life passes us by in a blur, so it is up to us to focus on the important.

Damien Sarno exhibits mostly in Florida, but has also shown in Argentina and New York.

EDUCATION
I was born in Buenos Aires , in 1964 .
I moved to Miami in 1990 where I live and work ever since.
The "out of focus" way of applying the paint makes a connection with my feeling of our fast and erratic way of living .
Our life passes us by in a blur ,so it is up to us to focus on the important.
The exhilarating feeling of painting does not last long .
Like words that belong to a forgotten dialogue I can only enjoy my work while painting .
Seeing the result is part of the past .
The need for interaction soon demands the creation of another piece.

EXHIBITIONS
2004
"Nepotism", Museum of Art , Fort Lauderdale , FL, USA
"The Armory Show" , Jacob Karpio Gallery , N.Y. , N.Y. , USA
"Palm Beach Contemporary" , Jacob Karpio Gallery , Palm Beach , Fl. , USA

2003
"Art Basel Miami ", Jacob Karpio Gallery , Miami Beach , Fl. , USA

2002
"Art Basel Miami", Design District Show , Miami , Fl. , USA
"String Resonance" , M.D.C.C. , Miami , Fl. , USA
"U.M. , Foundry Guild" , F.I.U. , Miami , Fl. , USA

2001
"U.M. , Foundry Guild" , F.I.U. , Miami , Fl. , USA

1993
"Tension ", Simon Bolivar Gallery , Miami , Fl. , USA

1989
"Free and Boredom" , U.N.L.P. , Bs. As. , Argentina

 

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