Lawrence Calcagno was born on March 23, 1913 in San Francisco, and passed away at the age of 80, in 1993. He began painting at the age of 19, and continued to use the medium throughout his life to describe the world around him. After serving in WW11, he painted in Paris under the G.I. Bill.
Calcagno began to show in San Francisco and New York as part of the second generation of Abstract Expressionist painters. His style ranges from meditative linear abstract landscapes to free-form abstract expressionism. Calcagno's color palette and compositions resonate with saturated oranges and reds of the California landscape. His minimalist pieces fade in and out of focus like San Francisco fog, where shapes and forms play off the subconscious.
Larry Calcagno has work in many major museum collections throughout the United States, and is highly prized in private collections. He has just concluded several museum exhibitions around the country. Catalogue Journey Without End: The Life & Work of Lawrence Calcagno is available.
Calcagno studied at the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco and was awarded first prize in painting from the San Francisco Museum of Fine Art. Later he studied at Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris Institute d'Arte Statale Floreiree.
1992 Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1987 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York
1984 Foundations Gallery New York, Roanoke 1983 The New Gallery, Taos, NM
1983 New Gallery, Taos, NM Traveling Retrospective, Nine regional museums
1982 The New Gallery, Taos, NM Traveling Retrospective, Nine0 regional museums
1978 Stables Gallery, Taos, NM
1977 Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1976 Contemporary Art Center, Honolulu,HI
1973 -1975 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Solo traveling exhibition: " Permutations: Earth, Sea, Sky"
1970-1972 Meredith Long Houston Galleries, Houston, TX
1968-1969 Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Meredith Long Houston Galleries, Houston, TX
1967 Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA
1966 Ester Robles Gallery, Los Angles, Ca
1965 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1962 Martha Jackson Gallery New York, NY
1961 Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City, Mexico
McRobert and Tunnard Gallery, London, England
1960 Martha Jackson Gallery New York, NY
1959 Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Art Roanoke, VA
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL