Cesar Paternosto

La Plata, Argentina, 1931

Painter, sculptor, and writer. He studied law at the National University of La Plata between 1951 and 1958. In this same institution, he studied at the School of Fine Arts and Aesthetics and at the Philosophy Institute from 1957 to 1961. In 1965 he was awarded First Prize at the Salón de la Joven Pintura. He moved to New York in 1967, where he lived until 2004. In 1977 he immerses himself in pre-Columbian sculpture, making several trips to Argentina, Bolivia, and Perú. Two years later, Paternosto worked at the archaeological sites of Cuzco and Nazca, and in 1986 in similar projects in Mexico. He presented his research at conferences and in the exhibition “Abstraction. The Amerindian Paradigm”, held between 2001 and 2002 in Valencia and Brussels. In 1972 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded him a painting grant. It was followed by another in 1980 from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and finally, in 1991 the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant. Inspired by Joaquín Torres García and art Madí, he abandons the abstract expressionist poetics to enter the geometric field, approaching the coordinates of concreteness. Paternosto explored the expressive possibilities of the edge of the canvas in the late sixties, achieving the painting’s transformation into an object, attracting the viewer’s interest in the front perspective. Among his most important solo exhibitions are: Rubbers Internacional Gallery (Buenos Aires, 1962); Galerie Denise René (New York, 1973); Center for InterAmerican Relations (New York, 1981); “Works 1961/1987”, San Telmo Foundation (Buenos Aires, 1987); “Paintings, Sculpture & Works on Paper”, Cecilia de Torres Gallery (New York, 1995); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente (Segovia, 2004). His works are present in museums and collections including among others: Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, Nueva York, USA); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); Kunstmuseum Bern (Berna, Suiza); Städtisches Museum Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach, Alemania); Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (Miami, USA) and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (Caracas, Venezuela).