Charles Arnoldi (American)
Born 1946, Dayton, OH
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Charles (Chuck) Arnoldi is known for experimental abstract paintings, painted sculptural wall constructions and prints. He turned California color painting on its head by employing surfboard construction techniques to "draw" with a chainsaw through layered plywood, doused with paint color and resin to create three-dimensional paintings. Earlier, he used burnt sticks from orchards to intricately build large, physical charcoal drawing-like wall works. Arnoldi continues to experiment with color, pattern and varied structures, from tiny watercolors to large wall projects.
Beginning with his first exhibition in 1970, Arnoldi continues to maintain a busy group and solo exhibition schedule. Friend and colleague, renown architect Frank Gehry has cited Arnoldi as an influence in his own work, saying, This is an artist whose best is yet to come, who is still experimental and still willing to risk.
Charles Arnoldi’s work resides in collections and museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain.