Vincent Falsetta



"My paintings, though distinctly abstract, tend to suggest waves of sound, light or seismic activity. They evoke the natural world while acknowledging the technology that measures or records it. Referenced also is the interaction with contemporary culture and the traditions of Modern Painting. The paintings are carefully planned in regard to palette and process, although the predetermined systems do allow for a large degree of improvisations. Many on-the-spot decisions are made, with results that form a strange blend between the appearance of spontaneity and the appearance of control. The paintings unfold as I make them – at times surprising or confounding my expectations. The idiosyncratic techniques of applying paint make the work feel painterly and at the same time feel meticulously rendered. I am interested in the actual physical properties of the paint, the plasticity of the medium and the painting as an object. I brush on, blend, and drag thick oil paint in wet-on-wet technique using various hand pressures, rhythms and speeds of movement producing pulsing multi-hued abstractions from a single unified paint film.

There are intended references from a variety of sources as well as some that tend to develop on their own. One reference comes from the world of textiles. When I was in high school in Philadelphia, where I was raised, one of my first jobs was in a textile factory. I was in charge of replacing empty bobbins into 12 industrial mechanical looms that were constantly spitting out used bobbins. I would run from one loom to another loading bobbins of different colors and thread types. I would also see the relationship between thread on a bobbin and thread that is woven into the produced fabric. My paintings have in part been influenced by this type of energy and also how color is “woven” into my paintings." Vincent Falsetta, 2018

Vincent Falsetta is a Texas based artist who was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. His parents immigrated from Italy in the 1940s. He earned an MFA in Painting/Drawing from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and Rome, Italy in 1974 where he studied with artists Stephen Greene, David Pease, John Dowell and Richard Crammer. In 1972, he received his BA in Art from Temple University and worked with John Wade, Dennis Adams, Neil Kosh and Don Lantzy. After teaching at Indiana University, 1974-1975 and the University of Utah, 1975-1977 he moved to Denton, to teach at the University of North Texas, 1977-2017. He is now Professor Emeritus and lives and works in Denton as a full-time artist.

Falsetta’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, El Paso Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas, and Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Falsetta’s work has been featured in over 50 solo and 350 curated or juried group exhibitions, including: The Texas Biennial 2013, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio; Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2012; Slow Magic, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2009; Modern Rhymes, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, solo-show, 2007; Texas 100, El Paso Museum of Art, 2006; Museum of East Texas, solo-show, 2003; Committed to Abstraction, Austin Museum of Art, 1997; Art Patterns, Austin Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria, 1997; Field of Vision, El Paso Museum of Art, solo-show, 1996; Galveston Art Center, solo-show, 1996; Museo Italo-Americano, San Francisco, 1991; Dallas Museum of Art, 1984, 1978. In addition, he has had 4 solo-shows at Ivan Karp’s prestigious OK Harris Gallery, 1986-1996, NYC and 9 solo shows at the Conduit Gallery in Dallas.

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions

Selected Public Collections:

  • Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  • Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
  • Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
  • Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX
  • Neiman Marcus, Newport Beach, CA
  • Neiman Marcus, Las Vegas, NV
  • Continental Illinois Bank & Trust, Houston, TX
  • El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
  • Exxon Corporation
  • Fidelity Management and Research Company, Boston, MA
  • Galleria Cavallino, Venice, Italy
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX
  • Raytheon Corporation, Lewisville, TX
  • Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terra Haute, IN
  • Southwestern Bell Headquarters, Dallas, TX
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX
  • United Bank of Denver, Los Angeles, CA
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Western Savings Bank, Philadelphia, PA