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American Citizen Portraits Art Reception

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This father and son Native Americans sat enfolded together this way along a side of a street during an art fair in Tucson, each of them completely immersed in their craft-making together - the teacher and learner.

Ken Tesoriere combines expressionistic and abstract visuals in what he calls an open process. This often creates exciting modern paintings. “Open process,” he says, “means using standard painting techniques while allowing spontaneous curiosity to freely reign moment to moment. This balancing of the known and unknown in each next moment allows for surprising visual possibilities to arise, during the best of times, with fresh creativity.”

Mr. Tesoriere adds another special element to using expressionistic and abstract methods; he includes his own unique technique he calls, “Planes-of-Light”. During painting he reveals clear main light sources, then allows light gradations to fade within obvious planes-of-light. He feels that this, especially with portraits, actively connects outer physical appearances with the inner feel of the lives being portrayed.

His “American Citizen Portrait Series” began in 2016 to counter the false negative distortions that political factions have been using about immigrants applying for entry at America’s Borders. “My personal belief,” Mr. Tesoriere says, “is that we all live better lives when we forge connections together. That has always been one of America’s profound Ethics.”

Portraits in this series focus primarily on the unique cultural aspects and harmonious core beliefs that the majority of immigrants bring to enrich all of America’s lives. “Precisely like most of our own relatives once brought here,” he adds. He naturally includes Native American Culture to fully portray the deep roots that all Americans carry inside us, he says.

Over the past decades, Mr. Tesoriere’s previous art series have been shown in galleries and been collected by Corporate and Private Clients in major European and American Cities. Often during his past 20 years living in Tucson, his art has been shown in a variety of galleries, including Tucson’s JCC.

From March 4th until May 11th, 2022, The Tucson JCC will present a solo show of 30 of Ken Tesoriere’s original new “American Citizen Portraits”. One opening reception will be on Sunday, March 13th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and another on Sunday, April 10th from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. Both free and open to the general public.

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