Project Description

Charles Arnoldi

A Southern California transplant originally from Dayton, Ohio, Charles Arnoldi imbues his signature wood sculptures with abstract expressionism, creating vibrant, three-dimensional hybrids of painting and woodwork. Born in 1946, he moved to Ventura in the late 1960s, attending a series of art schools before pursuing an independent career. Arnoldi’s art – most of which he calls “stick paintings,” characterized by twigs and branches affixed to colored wood and canvas – became a fixture in California museums throughout the late 20th century, appearing in the Berkeley Art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art and LACMA.

Image caption: Charles Arnoldi, Bob, 1988, acrylic on plywood, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 9/21/18 Charles Arnoldi