RJ Messineo

RJ Messineo (b. 1980, Hartford, CT) expands the possibilities of the traditional flat surfaces of painting by physically cutting into and adding onto impasto surfaces while showcasing a variety of palettes, as well as many different painting tempos and emotional tones.

The range of realities in Messineo’s faceted materiality is fostered by cutting into the wooden panels, creating possibilities beyond the normal boundaries of painting. The incised holes happen early or later on in the artist’s process, but each time the cuts change the meaning and trajectory of the painting. The holes expose colors and forms beneath the painting, and interrupt brushstrokes and the swelling colorful fields.

Artist: Studio

"It feels necessary to involve physical construction, like the elements of panel as a second surface, and to deal with paint as a material. For me those second surfaces are the moments when the stuff of the world gets stuck to, and asserts itself in, all this picturing we do."

Artworks

RJ Messineo,

Sideways Stacked,

2023,

78 × 108 in (198.12 × 274.32 cm)

Oil on canvas in three parts

RJ Messineo,

Reminder,

2023,

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)

Oil on panel

RJ Messineo,

difficult garden,

2023,

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)

Oil on panel

RJ Messineo,

Plane Tree,

2021,

65 × 41 × 2 in (165.1 × 104.14 × 5.08 cm)

Oil, plywood and rare earth magnets on canvas

RJ Messineo,

Monarch,

2020,

18 × 24 in (45.72 × 60.96 cm)

Oil on linen

RJ Messineo,

Valley,

2020,

78 ¾ × 98 ½ in (200.025 × 250.19 cm)

Oil, plywood and rare earth magnets on canvas

RJ Messineo,

Untitled,

2020,

85 × 64 in (215.9 × 162.56 cm)

Oil on canvas

RJ Messineo,

Untitled (note),

2020,

78 × 50 in (198.12 × 127 cm)

Oil on canvas

RJ Messineo,

Mercy,

2020,

85 × 51 in (215.9 × 129.54 cm)

Oil, plywood and rare earth magnets on canvas

RJ Messineo,

Racking White Yellow Black,

2019,

24 × 20 in (60.96 × 50.8 cm)

Oil and wood on canvas

RJ Messineo,

PLANAR,

2019,

24 × 18 in (60.96 × 45.72 cm)

Oil and wood on panel

RJ Messineo,

Bed (For Louise),

2019,

76 × 54 in (193.04 × 137.16 cm)

Oil and wood on canvas

RJ Messineo,

Lena, Lenore, Lee,

2018,

24 × 18 in (60.96 × 45.72 cm)

Oil on panel

Installation Views

Installation view 4:00 Universe, Moran Moran, Los Angeles, CA, 2020

Exhibitions

RJ Messineo, Me in Meadow, Jun 24 – Aug 13, 2023
RJ Messineo, Gold Gold, Oct 27 – Dec 4, 2021
RJ Messineo, Fellow Feeling, Feb 24 – Apr 8, 2018

Press

Daniella Steinfield "Chasing the experience | RJ MESSINEO, painter, Massachusetts and New York City, Voice on Art." The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast April 12, 2022

Rick Briggs "RJ Messineo: Existential Magic." Two Coats of Paint December 3, 2021

Folasade Ologundudu "Pace Gave Its New Digital Director Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle The Keys to Its Brick and Mortar Gallery. The Results are Refreshing." Artnet News September 9, 2021

"Pace Announces ‘Convergent Evolutions: The Conscious of Body Work’, curated by Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle." Martin Cid Magazine August 22, 2021

Valentina Di Liscia "Gallery Partners With Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to Help People Vote." Hyperallergic September 24, 2020

Ashton Cooper "RJ Messineo, Moran Moran." Artforum July/August 2020

"ARTnews in Brief: Texas Biennial Names Curators for 2020." ARTnews November 6, 2019

Raquel Willis "MOTHA Is Preserving Transgender History One City At a Time." Out April 29, 2019

Tom Burr "Second Surfaces: RJ Messineo Interviewed by Tom Burr." BOMB Magazine March 30, 2018

Andrew Russeth "New York’s Clifton Benevento Gallery Closes." ARTnews May 29, 2016

Mitch Kellaway "PHOTOS: Your 99 Transgender History Lessons." The Advocate May 24, 2015

Alex Fialho "FIAR and a Boffo benefit on Fire Island." Artforum August 27, 2014

CV

b. 1980, Hartford, CT

Lives and works in New York, NY

  • Education

    • 2009

      MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2002

      BFA, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    • 2023

      Me in Meadow, Canada East Hampton, East Hampton, NY

      Piano Paintings, Morán Morán, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2021

      Gold Gold, Canada, New York, NY

    • 2020

      4:00 Universe, Moran Moran, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2018

      Fellow Feeling, Canada, New York, NY

    • 2010

      Perfectly Fucked Up for You, Los Caminos, St. Louis, MO

      Attached, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2009

      Imprenta, organized by Wu Tsang and Ryan Inouye, Los Angeles, CA