Antonietta Grassi has been committed to the practice of abstract painting for most of her career. Her work, which at first appear as hard-edged geometric abstractions, are composed of multi-layered, painted surfaces where the touch of the hand is paramount. Grassi paints layered, intuitively derived forms that are intersected by fine, thread-like lines—creating works where textile, architecture, analog technologies, and painting’s twentieth century history collide.
Through her nuanced and layered palette, she explores color and light to create perceptual spaces that are drawn from memory and imagination. Grassi’s work is simultaneously mathematical and painterly, reflecting a process-driven approach that belies the organized compositions of the geometric forms prevalent in the works.
Antonietta Grassi’s paintings and works on paper have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in Canada, the United States, and in Europe, including Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, the McClure Gallery, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Harcourt House, Artcite, Galerie R3, Maison de la Culture Frontenac and the Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Canada; the MAACK Kalenarte in Italy; Kunstwerk Calshutte in Budelsdorf, Germany and the Boston Center for the Arts, Trestle Gallery, Crossing Art Gallery, and Manifest Gallery in the United States. In addition, her work is in public, corporate, and private collections, including the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) Global Affairs Canada, the Archives of Ontario, Groupe Desjardins, Museo MAACK, the Boston Public Library, Yamana Gold, and the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe Claire, Quebec. She is the recipient of awards and honors, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec. She has participated in numerous artist residencies such the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, the Vermont Studio Center and the Studios at MASS MOCA, MA, USA. Her work has been reviewed in various publications such as ArtForum, Vie des Arts, The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir and many others. Grassi lives and works in Montreal, Canada.