(1946 - )
Charles Arnoldi, is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker born in Dayton, Ohio. He has been described as an artist who “draws in space” to create his unique assemblage works of art. Throughout his long career he has been fascinated with shape and pattern as they apply to advance formal concerns, from his 1970’s paintings made entirely of natural forms, to his current work, of which architect Frank Gehry has said, “The maturing Arnoldi has a secure color sense and the ability to work at large scale as well as to produce tiny, exquisite watercolors.” Gehry also cites Arnoldi as an influence in his own work, and says, “This is an artist whose best is yet to come, who is still experimenting and still willing to risk”.
Arnoldi has been making art for over forty years, first achieving major acclaim in the 1970’s. A decade later he had established himself as one of the most prominent painters in southern California. Arnoldi’s work resides in numerous collections and museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain.