Peter Soriano

Born in 1959 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Peter Soriano is a Philippines-born French-American abstract artist who divides his time between New York City and Penobscot, Maine. Although he began his career as a sculptor, his work is now two-dimensional. He is known for his bold spray-painted wall murals and for his more intimate works on paper. Soriano’s work is gestural and geometric, dominated by a graphic lexicon of marks and notations.

Soriano earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1981 and, that same year, completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Soriano received his early art education from his uncle Fernando Zobel, a prominent Spanish abstract artist. Zobel emphasized the importance of drawing as the foundation of artistic development. By the mid-1990s, Soriano had earned an international recognition for his deceptively playful, biomorphic sculptures made of fiberglass. His sculptures were regularly exhibited by Lennon, Weinberg in New York and by Galerie Jean Fournier in Paris. Then, in 2004, after a residency at the Atelier Calder in France, Soriano turned his focus to wall-based sculptures composed of steel cables, pipes, and spray paint. Eventually, Soriano eliminated structural elements altogether to introduce another body of work: wall drawings, or murals.

In conjunction with these wall drawings, Soriano makes works on paper inspired by the same subject matters. These drawings, on Japanese paper, are made with pencil, colored inks, spray paint, and watercolor. Soriano’s work is inspired by his surrounding landscapes, including, for example: the Bagaduce, a tidal river that fronts his Maine studio; a hotel room in Busan, South Korea; the configuration of water pipes in his New York loft. Surprisingly, given that he is an abstract artist, he draws inspiration from Swiss 19th-Century landscapes, prehistoric cave paintings, and Japanese studies for Ukiyo-e works on paper.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015
Permanent Maintenance , Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Drawing Now Paris: Le Salon Du Dessin Contemporain, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France

2013
Panorama, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France
Bagaduce ->()<- East 19thStreet., Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
New Work, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY

2012
Other Side and what follows, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France

2011
Other Side -> (NUM)BERS <- + Dessins, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France

2010
Dimensions Variable, Frederico Sève Gallery, New York, NY
Points Touching/Spaces Defined, Galerie Bernard Jordan, Zurich, Switzerland

2008
Other Side..(...IDOL, AJAC, IONA, EMEU...).., Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France

2007
New Sculpture & Drawing, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
Running Fix, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (Frac) Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2006
Œuvres récentes réalisées à l’atelier Calder, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France

2005
Kittyfat/Saché Workday Drawings, Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Caen, France

2004
Œuvres récentes, Atelier Calder, Saché, France

2003
New Sculpture & Drawing, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY

2002
Sculpteur, Ecole national supérieure d’art (ENAD), Limoges, France
Peter Soriano, Espace d’art contemporain Camille Lambert, Juvisy-sur-Orge, France
Juste pour voir—dessin(s), Ecole national supérieure d’art (ENAD), Limoges, France

2001
Peter Soriano, Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, France

2000
Philippe Richard-Peter Soriano: peintures, sculptures 1990-2000, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France.

1999
New Sculpture, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
Peter Soriano, Interface 4, Marseille, France
Peter Soriano, Le 19 Centre régional d’art contemporain (CRAC), Montbéliard, France
Peter Soriano, Villa Steinbach, Musée des Beaux Arts, Mulhouse
Peter Soriano, Ancien collège des Jésuites, Reims, France
Skulpturen, Renate Schröder Galerie, Köln, Germany

1998
Peter Soriano, MK Expositieruimte, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Peter Soriano, La Maison d’Art Contemporain (MACC), Chailloux de Fresnes, France
Peter Soriano, Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, France

1997
Peter Soriano, Schmidt Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MO

1996
New Sculpture 1995-1996, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
Sculptures, ouevres sur papier, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

1994
Sculpture, Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York, NY


GROUP

2014
La chaleur de l’usure, curated by Pierre Baumann and Amélie de Beauffort, De Markten, Brussels, Belgium
Busan Biennalle, curated by Olivier Kaeppelin, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
Inhabiting Ten Eyck, curated by Karin Bravin, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
Real Estate, Ventana 244, Brooklyn, NY

2013
L’artiste collectionneur, Dix 291, Paris, France

2012
Autre Pareil 2, le retour, curated by Philippe Richard, Galerie Une Poussière Dans L'Oeil, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Break /Step, curated by Eileen Jeng, Radiator Arts, Long Island City, NY
La Fureur de L’eturnuement, Galerie Marcel Duchamp, Yvetot, France
Les pélagiques #2: La mesure des choses, Musée des Beaux Arts, Dunkerque, France

2011
Autre pareil, curated by Philippe Richard, Musée des Beaux Arts, Dunkerque, France
Provisional Painting, curated by Raphael Rubinstein, Modern Art Gallery, London, UK

2010
It’s the uncertainty, THEODORE:Art, Brooklyn, NY
Ebullitions, curated by Julie Legrand, Artaïs, CEPF BNP Paribas, Paris, France
Geometric Illusion, Frederico Sève Gallery, New York, NY
Ends and Means, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
L’Arabesque, Bleu Acier, Inc., Tampa Florida

2009
The Line is a Sign, Frederico Sève Gallery/latincollector, New York, NY
Emménagement, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France

2008
+ de Réalité, Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Hangar à Bananes, Nantes, France
Œuvres abstraites extraites des collections, Artothèque du Limousin, Limoges, France
Flow Chart, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY

2007
L’art dans les chapelles, Chapelle Saint-Fiacre, Melrand, France
La couleur toujours recommencée: Hommage à Jean Fournier, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France
Taking Shape, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York

2006
La Force de l’Art, curated by Eric de Chassey, Grand-Palais, Paris, France
Jean Fournier: Un choix d’œuvres sur papier, Le Ring, Artothèque de Nantes, Nantes, France
Synthetic Aesthetic, Roger Smith Lab Gallery, New York, NY
Artists Curating Artists: Plastic Fantastic, curated by Christopher Chambers, The Shore Instutute of the Contemporary Arts (SICA), Long Branch, NJ

2005
Non compatibles, une peinture sans qualités, curated by Catherine Perret, Villa Tamaris Centre d’art, Toulon
Gallery Artists, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
Works on Paper 2005, Schmidt Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MO
Maine Connections: The Obscure and the Celebrated Artists of Maine, 1920-2005, Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill, ME

2004
Posé sur le papier, dessiné sur le mur, carnet et une sculpture, galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, France
Toys in the Attic, curated by Stephanie Theordore, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York
Le Syndrome de Babylone, Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France
Il y a autant de raisons que de façons de dessiner, Nouveau Théâtre, Angers, France

2003
Corporal Identity–Body Language, 9th Triennial for Form and Content, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY ; Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; and Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany
Quatuor Plastique, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Valence, France

2002
Archipelago, curated by Ann Shostrom, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Points, Lignes, Plans, curated by Eric de Chassey, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Brussels, Belgium
Made in Brooklyn, Wythe Studio, Brooklyn
Drawn from a Collection, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
New Year New York New Work, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY

2001
Avatars du papier, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France
FIAC 2001, Galerie Bernard Jordan et Eric Seydoux éditions, Paris, France
Mir2, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Figstract Explosionism, curated by Tom Burckhardt, Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Snapshot : An Exhibition of 1,000 Artists, The Contemporary Museum, Baltmore, MD
New Acquisitions : A Decade of Collecting, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Simple Statements, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Almost Something: Deceptive Abstraction, Catherine Moore Fine Art, New York, NY
Made On Mars, Glassbox, Paris, France
Luscious, Elizabeth Harris, New York, NY

1999
Carte Blanche à Jean Fournier, Galerie du Jour Agnès B, Paris, France
Ecole régionale des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France
Luscious, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
Art Berlin, Galerie Rothamel, Berlin, Germany
Photographs by Painters, Photographers, Sculptors, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY

1998
22/21 Vision, curated by Dan Davine, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NY
L’abstractions et ses territoires, Le 19 CRAC: Centre regional d’art contemporain, Montbéliard, France
Southern Exposure, curated by Sean Gelb, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
Nine International Artsists at Wånas 1998, Wånas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
Rencontres 11, La Vigie Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France
Pop Abstraction, curated by Sid Sachs, Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Anne et les garçons, Galerie Athanor, Marseille, France
Utz, curated by Stephanie Theodore, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
Art Cologne 98, Renate Schröder Galerie, Köln, Germany

1997
Sculpture, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Just what do you think you are doing Dave?, curated by Bruce Pearson, Willamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Couleurs couleurs, Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, France
La Collection, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
The 33rd Annual Exhibition of Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

1996
Un œil américain, Galerie Le Carré, Lille, France
The Enduring Presence: New York Abstraction, Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN ; Biggen Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL; Roland Gibson Gallery, Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam, NY (1997)
Thing, Deven Golden Fine Art, New York
Buttered Side Up, curated by Giles Lyon, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Canada (1997)
Hothouse, The Work Space, New York, NY
Skowhegan at Fifty: The Maine Legacy, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME; Maine Coast Artists (now CMCA), Rockport, ME
Salon des Tree, curated by Mary Jones and Austin Ackles, New York, NY

1995
Gallery Artists, Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York
Chess & Checkers, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY
Maux Faux, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, NY

1994
…It’s How You Play the Game, curated by Robert Storr, Exit Art, New York, NY

1993
Faux, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, NY
A6°, Galerie Le Carré, Lille
Dix aventures à vivre, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France
Fantastic Wanderings, Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT
Works on Paper, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
Outside Possibilities ’93, curated by Bill Arning, The Rushmore festival, Woodbury, NY
Sculpture, Lennon Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY

1992
Recent acquisitions, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1991
Burning in Hell, curated by Nancy Spero, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY
Three Artists, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1986-1987
Bodies and Dreams, White Columns, New York, NY


GALLERIES

Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York
Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Galerie Bernard Jordan, Zurich
Represented by IdeelArt since March 2016


COLLECTIONS

Soriano's work is owned by museums in the United States and in Europe, including Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City; The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville Maine; Harvard Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work is also included in the corporate collection of Neuberger & Berman in New York.

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