Domingo Guccione was born in Buenos Aires in 1898, he was a mystic, a classical musician, and a self-taught artist. The body of work that he left behind, produced between 1930 and 1955, is a compelling example of Latin American geometric abstraction.
Guccione worked in private and claimed to be channeling a mysterious force that took a hold of him in bouts of creative energy; he did not sketch his drawings, working quickly and with a minimal range of materials. His geometric landscapes are reminiscent of futuristic buildings and labyrinths that interweave densely packed color with subtle shadings.
After Guccione's death in 1966, his oeuvre remained in his family’s possession (and unseen by a wider audience) until 2020—when Ricco/Maresca mounted his art world debut at the Independent Art Fair.
Spiritual Geometry, the artist's first one-person gallery exhibition, will present works that have never been seen or offered.
In the following audio passages, our guest expert Mary-Kate O’Hare speaks about the work of Domingo Guccione, as it relates to the the movement of geometric abstraction in Latin America and the broader historical context of his time.
Mary-Kate O’Hare specializes in U.S. and Latin American modern and contemporary art. She was a Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum for thirteen years, where she organized critically lauded exhibitions such as Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s (2010); At the Movies: Edward Hopper’s The Sheridan Theatre (2007); and co-curated Off the Pedestal: New Women in the Art of Homer, Sargent and Chase (2006). The International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) honored her work for Constructive Spirit with a second place award for "Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally." O’Hare earned a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation Curatorial Innovation Grant and held a fellowship at the Clark Art Institute, where her research focused on an exhibition exploring mid-20th century Brazilian art, music, architecture and design. She has taught art history surveys and advanced seminars at Rutgers University and William Patterson University and is a regular guest speaker at Christie’s Education. In 2013 she joined Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory and Finance as Vice President and Advisor, Modern & Contemporary Art.