In this most recent body of work, Aaron Maier-Carretero turns his gaze outward toward nature to explore the formal aspects of painting. Working from intuition, he captures the basic shapes and forms of familiar objects and uses them as a point of departure to develop his abstractions. Natural elements such as waves and flowers, and man-made items like fountains, feature prominently in this new work. His interpretation of nature stems from a subconscious source and is driven by the materiality of the medium and color.
While his previous body of work was a more direct interrogation of his upbringing and personal memories, Maier-Carretero’s new body of work is intentionally made open to the viewer’s interpretation. Work that was once was grounded in figuration and boxed in by personal identity has now become lyrical, metaphorical, and wholly open to one’s own understanding.
Aaron Maier-Carretero (b. 1987) is a Latinx visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He obtained his BFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited at the Queens Museum, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; The National Arts Club, New York City; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL; Phillips Collection, DC; The University of Maryland Art Gallery; the Washington Project for the Arts; and others. His work is held in the collections of the Phillips Collection; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in Washington, DC; The University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD; the Art Bank Collection, DC; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; as well as numerous private collections.