Mariano Del Rosario


Artist Statement

I allow my work to evolve or devolve till it generates surprising results. In general, my methodology is definite and specific. The paintings are made by troweling cement over tar or over a wet bed of glue on canvas. After surface preparation and transformation, one forgets for a moment its origin, banality and complexity. The object is to realize the power and beauty of a simple image. My work is an amalgam of Eastern philosophy and modern physics, and the recent pieces are inspired by recent advances in warped geometry, the uncertainty principle and other mundane or topical concerns. I deploy non-art materials to challenge conventional practice and perception of elegance. Place, space, time, behavior and identity are explored.

To quote Maurice Merleau-Ponty in "The Phenomenology of Perception", the French philosopher wrote in his challenge to Cartesian philosophy that we observe the object first and then think about it. This compels me daily to look at the gritty surface beneath my feet as if by law of gravity to find beauty in the ubiquity of things like marks, bubble gum gunk, stain and other forms of detritus in our environment. From raw to finish and from materiality to immateriality as well as from conversion to subversion, it is alchemy. I am interested in stripping down painting and objects to their barest essentials. And while my work defies stylistic categorization, it reflects a universe in flux and a reality in which the line that separates the familiar from the unfamiliar dissolves.


MARIANO DEL ROSARIO (b. the Philippines) is a Filipino-American painter and installation artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a MFA degree in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA degree in painting from the University of the Philippines. He was recipient of grants from Asian Cultural Council/Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Core Fellow, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX; and, Thirteen Artists Award, the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Aljira/Emerge, Newark, NJ; and, BricArts/Rotunda Residency, Brooklyn, NY.

Past solo exhibitions include: OK Harris Gallery, NYC; Roger Smith Arts, NYC; Galeria Galou, Brooklyn, NY; David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI; Soho Center for Visual Artists, NYC; Andrea Gallery, Washington, DC; Hunter College Gallery, NYC; and, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, PH. Selected group exhibitions include: Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, Evora, PT; KW Contemporary Institute of the Arts, Berlin, DE; Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland; Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina; SICA, Long Branch, NJ; Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, NY; Affordable Art Fair, NYC; Queens Museum of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; A/P/A Gallery, New York University, NYC; Tokyo Art Expo, Tokyo, JP; Bronx Museum of the Arts; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Glassell School of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX; School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD; Museum of Philippine Art, Manila, PH; National Museum of Thailand, Bangkok; and, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong.