Fabian Marcaccio (Argentine, b.1963) is known for his works that tackle the concept of traditional painting in the digital age. Born to a native Argentine mother and Italian father in Rosario de Santa Fe, Argentina, Marcaccio infuses transcultural themes in his art. He attended the University of Philosophy in Rosario, and in 1985 won First Prize at the Premio Esso de Pintura y Dibujo in Buenos Aires. This prize granted him a scholarship to study at the Printmaking Workshop in New York City, where he still lives and works. Marcaccio’s style is quite unique in that it doesn’t fall into any one particular movement of Contemporary Art. Working within theories of traditional painting, he blends digital printing techniques, photography, and sculpture to create a hybrid he refers to as “paintants.” He explores numerous media and combines different forms of art in his environmental, structural canvas and animation Paintants. His Environmental Paintants are enormous, panoramic images that surround the viewer. In 2003, Marcaccio installed a 300 meter-long painting called Confine Paintant along the shores of Ghent, Belgium. He created this work en plein air, with the wind blowing sand onto the painting. It’s a two-sided piece, divided into nine parts mounted along the horizon, so that the viewer can literally weave in and out of it observing the painting against both the urban city and the vacant ocean. In 2001, Marcaccio received a project grant from the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH, for his collaboration with the architect Greg Lynn (American, b.1964) on Predator. He also received the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2011.

Timeline

1963
Born in Rosario de Santa Fe, Argentina
2011
Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture
University of Philosophy, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Lives and works in New York

Exhibitions

2012
Heute. Malerei, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany
2011
The Structural Canvas Paintants, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
2009
Analytical Rage Paintants, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009
Raum.inhalt (1) - The Big Exploration, Haus der Kunst im Tal - Stiftung Wortelkamp, Hasselbach, Germany
2009
Slow Paintings, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
2008
Draftants, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2007
BravinLee programs, New York City, NY, USA (solo)
2007
Ruth Benzacar, Galeria de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina (solo)
2007
puntos de vista, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany
2007
Das Kapital - Bluechips and Masterpieces / Sammlung Rolf Ricke, MMK/Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2007
Le Syndrome de Babylone, Le Frac Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France
2007
Biennale Sevilla, Spain
2007
Fabian Marcaccio, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2007
Galleri S.E, Bergen, Norway
2006
Private Contractor and New Paintants, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL, USA (solo)
2006
Big Juicy Paintings, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
2006
Transformation, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
2006
Studio in the park, Riverside Park, New York, NY, USA
2006
Brocken Surface, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany
2006
Especial, Galerie Maczollek, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2005
Yankee love and Latin Doodle, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
2005
What´s New Pussycat?, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2005
U.N-Paintant, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (solo)
2005
Paintant Stories, DAROS Exhibitions, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2005
Paintant Archeology FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France (solo)
2005
From Altered Paintings to Paintants, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain (solo)
2005
Ezeiza-Paintant, MALBA Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (solo)
2004
Miami Paintant, MAM Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
2004
From altered Paintings to Paintants, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
2004
Jours noirs, Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac, Paris, France
Sep 4 2001–2002
Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain (Solo)
2002
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Summer Projects 2002
2002
Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY; Janeila’s 5 Moves
Sep 4 2001–2001
Greg Lynn/ Fabian Marcaccio, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA (solo)
2001
Paintant Stories, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Sep 4 2001–2000
Paintant Stories, Württtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (solo)
Sep 4 2001–1999
Time Paintants, Gorney Bravin + Lee Gallery, New York (solo)
Sep 4 2001–1998
With-Ject Spain, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona; Galeria Salvador Díaz, Madrid (solo)
Sep 4 2001–1997
Paintants, Baumgartner Galler, Washington D.C (solo)
Sep 4 2001–1996
Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam (solo)
1996
Conjectural Amendments, Bravin Post Lee Gallery, Expoarte, Guadalajara, Mexico (solo)
Sep 4 2001–1995
Paint-Zone, Bravin Post Lee Gallery, New York (solo)
1995
Malerei, with Callum Inne, Busche Gallery Berlin, Germany
1995
Use of Evidence, Contemporary Art Museum U.S.F., Tampa, FL, USA
1995
The Corcoran Biennial Exhibition: Painting Outside Painting, curated by Terri, The Corcoran Museum of Art Washington, D.C., USA
1995
Unveiled Painting, curated by Klaus, Kunstraum Vienna, Austria
1995
Art at the Edge: Tampering: Artists and Abstraction Today, curated by Susan, The High Museum Atlanta, GA, USA
1995
Paint-Zone, Bravin Post Lee Gallery New York, NY, USA
1995
Paint-Zone L.A., Louver Gallery Los Angeles, CA, USA
1995
Transatlantica, Museo Alejandro Otero Caracas, Venezuela
1995
The Adventure of Painting, Organized by Mar, The Kunstverein Dusseldorf and Stuttgart, Germany
1995
Mesotica, Museo de Arte e Diseno Contemporaneo San Jose, Costa Rica
1995
Pittura-Immedia, Curated by Peter, Neue Galerie/Landesmuseum Joanneau Graz, Austria
1995
On Target, Horodner Romley Gallery New York, NY, USA
1995
Outside You, Baumgartener Gallery Washington, D.C., USA
1995
The Mutated Painting, Galerie Martina Detterer Frankfurt, Germany
1995
Architecture of the Mind, curated by David, Galerie Barbara Farber Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1995
New York Abstract, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, LA, USA
Sep 4 2001–1994
1994 New Paint Management, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1994
On Unpaintables, Thaddeus Ropac Gallery Paris, France
1994
New Painting Management, Galerie Rolf Ricke Cologne, Germany
1994
Revisioning the Familiar, Zilkha Gallery Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA
1994
De-Pop, curated by Sandr, Connecticut College New London, CT, USA
1994
On Paper, Schmidt Contemporary Art St. Louis, MO, USA
1994
Possible Things, curated by Vik M, Bardamu Gallery New York, NY, USA
1994
Meta-Material, Plasma Sagaponack, NY, USA
1994
Painting Language, L.A. Louver Los Angeles, CA, USA
1994
Drawings: Lasker, Marcaccio, Nozkowski, Stephan, Lasker, Nozkowsk, Bravin Post Lee New York, NY, USA
1994
Benefit Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA, USA
1994
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH, USA
1994
Fractured Seduction, curated by Maia , Artifact Gallery Tel Aviv, Israel
1994
The Brushstroke and its Guises, curated by Rosem, New York Studio School New York, NY, USA
1994
Conditional Painting, Galerie Nacht St. Stephan Vienna, Austria
1994
Reveillon, Stux Gallery New York, NY, USA
Sep 4 2001–1993
Unpaintables, Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden
1993
The Altered Genetics of Painting, John Post Lee Gallery New York, NY, USA
1993
Mutual Betrayal, Barbara Farber Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1993
Unpaintables, Anders Tornberg Gallery Lund, Sweden
1993
Plötzlich ist Eine Zeit Hereingebrochen, in Der Alles Möglich Sein Sollte, curated by Udo K, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany
1993
Painting in the 90's, Ruth Bloom Gallery Los Angeles, CA, USA
1993
Galeria Namia Mondolfi Caracas, Venezuela
1993
Group Show, Baumgartner Gallery Washington, D.C., USA
1993
New Museum Benefit, New Museum New York, NY, USA
1993
Tool Box, Curated by Antho, Studio la Citta Verona, Italy
1993
Teddy and Other Stories, curated by Luca, Claudio Bottela Arte; Galleria in Arco Turin, Italy
1993
Jours Tranquilles a Clichy, Curated by Alain, Paris, France; New York, NY, USA
1993
Needlepoint, Embroidery, Macrame and Crochet, Postmasters New York, NY, USA
1993
The Post-Dialectical Index, curated by Rober, Palazzo Costanzi; Lattuada Studio; Horodner Romley Trieste and Milan, Italy; New York, NY, USA
1993
Irony & Ecstacy, Curated by Klaus, Salama-Caro Gallery London, England
Sep 4 2001–1992
John Post Lee Gallery, New York (solo)
1992
John Post Lee Gallery, John Post Lee Gallery New York, NY, USA
1992
Inter-Painting, Jason Rubell Gallery Palm Beach, FL, USA
1992
Who's Afraid of Duchamp, Minimalism and Passport Photography, curated by Colli, Annina Nosei Gallery New York, NY, USA
1992
Erwartung, Curated by Carlo, Munic. Museum Rosario, Argentina
1992
Cultural Fabrication, John Good Gallery New York, NY, USA
1992
Recent Abstract Painting, Schmidt Contemporary St. Louis, MO, USA
1992
Off Balance, Jason Rubell Gallery Palm Beach, FL, USA
1992
How it is, curated by Jonat, Shafrazi Gallery New York, NY, USA
1992
Niente Nuovo, curated by Antho, Studio la Citta Verona, Italy
1992
Slow Art, curated by Alana, P.S. 1 Museum Long Island City, NY, USA
1992
A New American Flag, Protetch Gallery New York, NY, USA
1992
Kinder Macht Neues!, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
1992
Group Show, Arena Gallery New York, NY, USA
1992
Theoretically Yours, The Museum of Aosta Acosta, Italy
1992
Contextures/Constructures, curated by Jonat, Rubinstein/Diacono New York, NY, USA
1991
Group Exhibition, Jacob Karpio Gallery San Jose, Costa Rica
1991
Group Exhibition, curated by Colli, New Era Space New York, NY, USA
1991
Ornament: Ho Hum All Ye Faithful, John Post Lee New York, NY, USA
1991
Group Exhibition, Althea Viafora Gallery New York, NY, USA
1991
Invitational, Stux Gallery New York, NY, USA
1990
International Bienial of Paper Art, Hoesch Museum Duren, Germany
1990
Paradigma 80's-90's, Jacob Karpio Gallery San Jose, Costa Rica
1989
Invitational, Stux Gallery New York, NY, USA
1989
Ideas and Images from Argentina, Bronx Museum Bronx, New York, USA
1989
Translations, Castle Naudary, France
1988
Group Exhibition, Bronx Museum Bronx, NY, USA
1988
Crisallis, Center for the arts Rochester, NY, USA
1988
Sei Incisori, Palazzo Bounaccors, Italy
1988
Jornadas de la Critica, Spinto Center Buenos Aires, Argentina
1988
San Telmo Foundation, San Telmo Foundation Buenos Aires, Argentina

Literature

2005
Vergne, Jean-Michel, "Paintant Archeology", FRAC Auvergne
2005
Clermont-Ferrand, France, exhibition catalogue
2005
Meyer-Stoll, Christiane; Panera Cuevas, Javier, "From Altered Paintings to Paintants", Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein; DA 2, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain, exhibition catalogue
2004
Amor, Monica "Preview: Fabian Marcaccio, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein", Artforum September, p. 128
2003
Heingartner, Douglas "Fabian Marcaccio", Artforum, September, p. 128
2003
Lynn, Greg "Intricacy", Essay, exhibition catalogue, January
2003
Princenthal, Nancy "Fabian Marcaccio: Paintant’s Progress", Art in America Jan.; pp.62-65, 119
2003
Siegel, Katy "Fabian Marcaccio: Talks about Confine Paintant", Artforum, November, pp. 150-151