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Carmen Cicero

Carmen Cicero (08/14/1926- ) was born in Newark, New Jersey.  Cicero's paintings are generally big, bold, colorful, deceptively primitive, and largely derived from Abstract Expressionism and Neo-Expressionism.  It is said that "in his work, we are put in touch with art in its most compelling of roles, as a vehicle of humanist enlightenment."  His subjects consist of "personal imagery" such as bizarre flowers, dark city skylines, crescent moons,and erratic clouds.  All of his paintings convey a definite sense of energy and vitality.  Recently, his works have been influenced by what Cicero termsin jest  as "Italian romance" that combine an air of Hollywood cinematography of the 1940's and a foreshadowing of doom or drastic turn of events.  He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1957, and again in 1963 and 1964.  Additionally, he received Ford Foundation awards in 1961 and 1965. Between 1957 and 1994 he took part in over forty solo exhibitions.  His participation in group exhibitions has been outstanding and includes such venues as New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Premiere Bienale de Paris, France.  Cicero's works are permanently on display at a wide variety of museums, such as the Hirshborn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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