Elizabeth Harris Gallery

Mario Naves

Mario Naves

sunday's only by mario naves

Mario Naves

Sunday's Only, 2012

obscure reference by mario naves

Mario Naves

Obscure Reference, 2012

few and far between by mario naves

Mario Naves

Few and Far Between, 2011

louder than god by mario naves

Mario Naves

Louder than God, 2011

timpanogos by mario naves

Mario Naves

Timpanogos, 2011

the doubtful suitor by mario naves

Mario Naves

The Doubtful Suitor, 2012

Freitag, 4. Januar 2013Samstag, 2. Februar 2013


New York, NY USA

After having pursued collage for twenty years, Mario Naves has shifted to painting directly on canvas and panel with acrylics and oils.

Naves’s improvisatory process remains unchanged, as does the underlying structural logic of his pictures. What is markedly different is the degree of surface finish, vibrant tonal palette and quirky equipoise of his spare geometric compositions.

Each image is arrived at through the layering of shapes, lines and colors. Pictorial relationships, once stated, are subsequently altered, negated, tweaked and redefined. Flux is an inherent component of Naves’s process—the paintings are worked on for weeks and sometimes months.

The resulting pieces are simultaneously clarified and open-ended, earnestly felt and welcoming of caprice. They evince Naves’s ongoing dialogue with world art, particularly Indian and Persian miniatures and 16th-century Netherlandish painting.

Mario Naves is an artist, critic and teacher. He is a member of the faculties at Hofstra University, Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College. He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, most recently a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2011. Naves’s art has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, The Village Voice, The New York Sun, ArtCritical, Time Out New York and other venues. His writing has been published in The New York Observer, City Arts, The New Criterion, Slate and The Wall Street Journal.

Naves lives and works in New York City. This is his sixth one-person exhibition at Elizabeth Harris Gallery. The gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 6th floor and is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 6 pm.

There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, Jan. 4th, from 6-8 pm.

For further information contact Miles Manning at 212 463-9666.