Portrait of David Amico

David Amico is a professor of art at Claremont Graduate University and an accomplished Los Angeles-based abstract painter. For more than 40 years, Amico has embraced an untied, expressionist approach to abstract painting, and this approach has allowed him to explore painting in a most unrestrictive and innovative manner.

Amico received his BFA from California State University, Fullerton. Since then, he has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including the Cartier Fellowship in Paris (1992), the Pollack Krasner Grant (1995, 2021), and the Presidential Scholar’s Distinguished Teacher Award (1997).

Amico has established himself as one of L.A.’s most influential contemporary painters. His first major group exhibition was held at P.S.1 in New York in 1976, and his first major solo exhibition was held in that same year at Newspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Amico has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States as well as in Singapore, Switzerland, and Mexico.

Amico has also been prolific in his art commentary, appearing in a wide variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Artweek, and Artspace. He is represented By Art Collection Development under the directorship of Douglas Chrismas.

Hard Places. 2016. Solo exhibition. Los Angeles: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.

A Selection of Art Works. 2012. Group exhibition. Los Angeles: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.

Factory/Park Series. 2011. Solo exhibition. Los Angeles: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.

Factory Series. 2010. Solo exhibition. Singapore: Gallery Reis.

Elements of Nature, Selections from The Frederick Weisman Art Foundation. 2010. Group exhibition. New Orleans, LA: Contemporary Art Center New Orleans.

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