Caio Fonseca (American, b.1959) is a respected painter best known for creating paintings, etches, and prints on canvas and paper. Fonseca was born in New York, NY, into an artistic family and grew up in the West Village. His father was the renowned sculptor Gonzalez Fonseca (Uruguayan, 1922–1977), who was known for his architectural stone sculptures. His brother Bruno Fonseca (American, 1958–1994) was also a well-known artist whose styles shifted between Abstract and Figurative. Fonseca decided to forgo a formal education in favor of studying under Augusto Torres (Uruguayan, 1913–1992).

Fonseca moved with his brother to Barcelona, Spain, at the age of 19 to study with Torres until 1983. He then worked and studied Abstract Art in Pietrasanta, Italy, until 1989, before spending two years in Paris, France. Fonseca returned to the United States in 1993, and he currently divides his time between his studios in New York and Pietrasanta, Italy. Some of Fonseca's earliest works include still-life paintings, self-portraits, and models he created as a young student. His artwork has more recently evolved to become a combination of Modernist and Contemporary ideas. One of his best-known works is 5th Street #9 C00.9, which was given to the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York, by the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Pietrasanta Painting is a work he created in gouache and ink on paper, and it is on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Fonseca’s artwork is seldom listed for auction because collectors are reluctant to part with their pieces, but his work has recently been exhibited in the United States at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. His work has also been shown internationally in Hong Kong and London, UK, by Ben Brown Fine Arts. Rather than naming specific artists as his inspirations, Fonseca credits seclusion and isolation as his muses, claiming that they allow him to be open to the discoveries within himself that become the images in his paintings. Fonseca has no specific plans for his future works of art, but rather "paint[s] to find out what's next."

Timeline

1959
Born in New York, USA
1978–1983
Attended school in Barcelona, Spain
1983–1985
Worked in Montevideo, Uruguay
1985–1989
Attended school in Tuscany, Italy before returning to New York, USA
1990–1991
Lived and worked in Paris, France
Now divides his time between Pietrasanta, Italy and his studio in New York, USA

Exhibitions

2012
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Selected Paintings, Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, USA
2011
The Drawing Room, East Hampton, USA (solo)
Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson Hole, USA (solo)
2010
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
Victoria Munroe Fine Arts, Boston, USA (solo)
Private Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2009
Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England (solo)
Universal Limited Art Editions Then and Now, Leslie Sacks Contemporary, Santa Monica, USA
2008
Caio Fonseca Paintings on Canvas and Paper, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, USA (solo)
Contemporary Watercolors, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, USA
Group Dialogue, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
2007
Caio Fonseca: New Paintings, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Solstice, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, USA
2006
Sliding Scales, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, USA
Black + White, Nathan A. Bernstein & Co., Ltd., New York, USA
2005
Caio Fonseca: New Paintings, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England
Cross Section, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Fuori Tema/Italian Feeling, XIV Quadriennale di Roma, Rome, Italy
2004
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
2003
Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain
David Floria Gallery, Aspen, USA
Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, USA
Drawing Modern: Works from the Agnes Gund Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
Caio Fonseca: Prints and Works on Paper, The Ralls Collection, Washington, D.C.
Caio Fonseca: Prints, Eckenroth Gallery, Vail, USA
2002
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
New York Renaissance: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Abstraction, Winston Wächter Gallery, Seattle, USA
2001
Doug Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, USA (solo)
James Brown and Caio Fonseca, New Color Etchings, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, USA
Summer 2001, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
2000
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, St. Louis, USA (solo)
David Floria Gallery, Aspen, USA
Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA
University Art Gallery, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, USA
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, USA
Painting, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
1999
Processes, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton and Vancouver, Canada
Acquisitions, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Abstraction, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, USA
1998
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Knoedler & Company, New York, USA (solo)
1997
Basically Black & White, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, USA
Purely Painting, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, USA
Contemporary Masterworks, Knoelder & Company, New York, USA
1996
Knoedler & Company, New York, USA
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA
Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, USA
1995
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Essence & Persuasion: The Power of Black & White, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, USA
An Exhibition Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of John Berggruen Gallery, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1994
About Color, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA
1993
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA
Essentials, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA
Summer Invitational, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, USA
1991
Galeria Anna Ricart, Barcelona, Spain
1985
Villa D'elatre Lucca, Italy

Public Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO, USA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA
J.P. Morgan, New York, NY, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
National Airport, Washington, D.C. (mural commission), USA
Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX, USA
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., USA
The United States Embassy, Manila, PH
The United States Embassy, Sofia, BG
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA, USA
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA
Bovis Lend Lease, Aurora Place, Sydney, AU
Citibank, N.A., New York, NY, USA
Coca-Cola U.S.A., Plano, TX, USA
Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton, OH, USA
General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT, USA
Goldman Sachs, New York, NY, USA
Goldman Sachs International, London, UK

Literature

2005
Caio Fonseca, New Paintings (hardbound, 71 page exhibition catalogue). London: Ben Brown Fine Arts
Inventions: Recent Paintings by Caio Fonseca (hardbound, 88 page book accompanying museum exhibition). Washington D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art.
2003
Kunitz, Daniel. Caio Fonseca: Paintings, (hardbound, 201 page book accompanying museum exhibition). Valencia, Spain: IVAM
2002
New York Renaissance: Highlights from the Whitney Museum of American Art (exhibition catalogue). Milan, Italy: Palazzo Reale
Caio Fonseca (exhibition catalogue). New York, NY: Paul Kasmin Gallery
Caio Fonseca (exhibition catalogue). San Francisco, CA: John Berggruen Gallery