Sixth Annual IAAC 2009 Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary
Indian Art of the Diaspora

Antonio Alexander Puri

Antonio Alexander Puri

Artist Statement

My art is my means of identifying with the universe. Therefore, I use symbols, forms, and spatial concern as a means to express my need for universality. My inspiration comes from the unity between the microscopic and the macrocosmic.
My painting process is also designed to bridge the gap between the known and the unknown. By using materials that resist one another, I am able to reveal several layers of paints, which would ordinarily get covered up. Introducing a hybrid of techniques, symbols and various mediums, I am hoping to create Oneness.


  • 1995 University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA (JD)
  • 1994 College of William and Mary School of Law, Madrid, Spain
  • 1989 Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA (BA in Fine Arts and English)
  • 1986 Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008 The Guild Gallery, Antonio Puri: The Tenth Door, New York, NY (catalogue)
  • 2007 Rosemont College, Push & Pull, Rosemont, PA
    Atlantic City Art Center, In Sights, Atlantic City, NJ
    Galerie des Beaux Arts, Antonio Puri, Heeze, Netherlands
    Robert Roman Gallery, Clone This, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2006 Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, Journey into Mysticism: Abstract Paintings by Antonio Puri, Bethesda, MD (catalogue)
    West Chester University, Journey into Mysticism: Abstract Paintings by Antonio Puri, West Chester, PA (catalogue)
    The Noyes Museum of Art, Path of Cosmologies & Technology, Oceanville, NJ (catalogue) - 2 person
    A4L Gallery,Antonio Puri: Works on Paper, New York, NY
  • 2005 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Outside the Mandala, Philadelphia, PA
    chashama @ 128 W 31st St, Monumental, New York, NY
    WeissPollack Gallery, Presence, New York, NY
    A Taste of Art Satellite Gallery, Size Matters, New York, NY
  • 2004 chashama @ 234 W 42nd St, No Trespassing, New York, NY
    chashama @ 217 E 42nd St, String Theory, New York, NY
    Holland Art House, Pure Abstract, West Chester, PA
  • 2003 Stefanie Ludyny Gallery at The Barrow Group, Monochroma, New York, NY
    531 Central Fine Arts, Antonio Puri - Core Exposed, St. Petersburg, FL
    Cumberland County College Gallery, Antonio Puri, Millville, NJ
  • 2002 Da Vinci Art Alliance, Pollock to Puri - 5 Decades Later, Philadelphia, PA
    Triad Gallery, Antonio Puri, Inner Circle Paintings, Seal Rock, OR
  • 2000 Gallery 2828, Transparent Women, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 Gloucester County College Art Gallery, Antonio Puri, Sewell, NJ
    Planet Art Gallery, Antonio Puri, Cape Town, South Africa
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2008 Salisbury University Art Gallery, Into Intuition: Towards a Redefinition, Salisbury, MD
    Tabla Rasa Gallery, Erasing Borders 2008, Brooklyn, NY
    The Guild Gallery, Erasing Borders 2008, New York, NY
    Corcoran Gallery of Art's Gallery 31, Art Anonymous, Washington, DC
    Brownson Art Gallery, Manhattanville College, Erasing Borders 2008, Purchase, NY
    Hammond Museum, Erasing Borders 2008, North Salem, NY
    Affordable Art Fair, The Guild Gallery, New York, NY
    Artizen Fine Arts, Summer Exhibition: Gallery Artists Show, Dallas, TX
    Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Vote Art, Wilmington, DE
    Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2008, Flushing Meadows, NY (catalogue)
    California Institute of Integral Studies, Pintura Fresca, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
    Musée du Chateau, Arthur Secunda et ses amis, Montbéliard, France (catalogue)
  • 2007 The Guild, Erasing Borders: Indian Artists in the American Diaspora, New York, NY
    Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders: Indian Artists in the American Diaspora, Queens, NY
    Heineman Myers Contemporary Art with WPA/Corcoran, Colorfield Remix: Saturated, Bethesda, MD
    Artyfact Gallery, Out of our Minds, Singapore
    Gallery 435, Is Abstract Art Dead, Slough, UK
    Atlantic City Art Center, Touching the Void, Atlantic City, NJ
    Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Works from the Collection; The first 50 years, Paramus, NJ
    Eileen Tognini, Gallery in the Garden, Orwigsburg, PA
    Artists Space, Night of 1000 Drawings, New York, NY
    Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, Art in a Box, New York, NY
    James Cohan Gallery, Visual Aids - Postcards from the Edge, New York, NY
  • 2006 The Noyes Museum of Art, Telling the Story: Artists Books, Oceanville, NJ
    ARC Gallery, Gates Project, Chicago, IL
    Fort Mason Center, Gates Project, San Francisco, CA
    chashama @ 208 West 37th St., Abexbox, New York, NY
    The Gallery at Penn College, ReMix - Wax and the Intuitive Process, Williamsport, PA
  • 2005 chashama @ 217 E 42nd St, I Made This, New York, NY
    SOFA Palm Beach, FL, represented by WeissPollack Gallery, New York, NY
    SomArts Cultural Center, Bayennale presents Crossings: a gathering of artists, San Francisco, CA
    Susquehanna Art Museum, Re Pop, Harrisburg, PA
    Exhibit 231 Gallery, Liz F. Spungen Fine Art Group Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
    The Noyes Museum of Art, Encore: More from the Permanent Collection, Oceanville, NJ
    Moore College of Art & Design, A Show of Hands - MANNA Auction, Philadelphia, PA
    A.I.R. Gallery, Wish You Were Here IV, Postcard show, New York, NY
    Brennan Courthouse Gallery, Frames of Mind - 1st Hudson County Arts Annual, Jersey City, NJ
    Robert Miller Gallery, Visual Aids - Postcards from the Edge, New York, NY
  • 2004 Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Four Visions: Transcultural New Jersey, Paramus, NJ (catalogue)
    The Noyes Museum of Art, Altars, Icons and Symbols: Exploring Spirituality in Art, Oceanville, NJ (catalogue)
    Susquehanna Art Museum, Inner Circles, Harrisburg, PA (catalogue)
    Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown University, Inner Circles, Kutztown, PA (catalogue)
    New Arts Program, Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, Kutztown, PA
    Brent Sikkema, Visual Aids - Postcards from the Edge, New York, NY
    Artists Space, Night of 1000 Drawings, New York, NY
    Resolve Gallery @ 40 Worth*, New York, NY
    Creative Artists Network, Collaboration I, Philadelphia, PA
    Da Vinci Art Alliance, Re Pop, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2003 Church Street Gallery of Contemporary Art, Group Show, Orlando, FL
    The Lofts of Winter Park, Juried Competition, Winter Park, FL
    Parallels Gallery, Visual Synergy III, Philadelphia, PA
    531 Central Fine Arts, Abstract Views - The Technical and the Spiritual, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 2002 Parallels Gallery, Visual Synergy I, II, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2001 University of Pennsylvania, Museum of Archeology & Anthropology, Human Rights Campaign Auction, Philadelphia, PA
    Eaton-Buchan Gallery, Sesquicentennial Alumni Show, Cedar Rapids, IA (catalogue)
    Vox Populi Gallery, Steal this Show, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2000 Peter Jones Gallery, Adam and Eve Artist's Ball, Chicago, IL
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Foot in the Door MAEP, Minneapolis, MN
    Rowan University Wilson Art Gallery, Jazz Abstractions, Glassboro, NJ
  • 1999 Planet Art Gallery, Chronologic, Cape Town, South Africa


  • 2008 Vora, Swapna, Antonio Puri and the Tenth Door,, July 18, New York
    Genocchio,Benjamin, A Collection Born of Cultural Dislocation, The New York Times, July13, New York
    Pais, Arthur J., Erasing Borders, blending cultures, India in New York, March 7, New York
    Ehrhardt, Ursula, Philadelphia artists display works in "Into Intuition", The Daily Times, February 17, Maryland
    da Costa, Virginia, My Kid Could Do That, Montgomery Newspapers: Ticket, January 30/31, Pennsylvania
  • 2007 McCann, Courtney, A.C. Art Center sets 'Sights' on solo exhibit, Press of Atlantic City, October 18, New Jersey
    Fowler, Marie, Rosemont exhibit features a melding of cultures, forms, Main Line Times, September 20, Pennsylvania
    Donohoe, Victoria, Rosemont College, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 16, Pennsylvania
    Gargus, Nicole Drumheller, New Art Exhibition at Rosemont College moves and piques, Montgomery Newspapers: Ticket,
    September 12/13, Pennsylvania
    Corbett, Jennifer, Montessori School gets special visitor, The News Journal, February 10, Delaware
    Rajendran, P., Art of the Diaspora, India Abroad, February 9, New York
    Deitch, Lew, The Universality of the Circle, ArtBook of the New West, Spring/Summer, Arizona
  • 2006 Dawson, Jessica, Antonio Puri, Far-Out Man, The Washington Post, December 23, District of Columbia
    Schafer, Karen, Remembering his Dharma, Puri does it his way, The Gazette - Bethesda, December 20, Maryland
    Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Natalie Pompilio, More Philadelphia Murals and the stories they tell, Temple University Press, 2006, p.145
    Donohoe, Victoria, West Chester University, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 10, Pennsylvania
    Talbot, Mary, Nirvana: three takes, Tricycle - The Buddhist Review, Fall 2006, New York
    Sozanski, Edward, The decoys at the Noyes, other fine art on its bill, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, Pennsylvania
    Johnson, Pat, Artists' Collaboration Weds Eastern Spirituality to Modern Technology, The Sandpaper, June 28, New Jersey
    Murray, Rick, Haddon Township artist displays work at Noyes, Haddon Herald, May 25, New Jersey
    NJN Public Television - State of the Arts, Wired, May 19, New Jersey
    Chambless, John, A new home for the arts, Daily Local News, February 10, Pennsylvania
    Donohoe, Victoria, American emphasis at Holland, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 5, Pennsylvania
    Quillman, Catherine, A new way of pairing art, people, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 5, Pennsylvania
    Rice, Robin, Spring Arts Preview, Philadelphia City Paper, January 19 - 26, Pennsylvania
    O'Keefe, Katie, Hidden Themes in the Non-objective Art, Inferno, Jan/Feb, New Jersey
    Hartmann, Cassidy, The Art of the Deal, Philadelphia Weekly, January 11-17, Pennsylvania
    Cornfield, Josh, Artist pays price for party, Metro Philadelphia, January 4, Pennsylvania
    Harrington, Michael, 7 Days - Entertainment Highlights, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1, Pennsylvania
    Castens, Errol, The Hickman's Art of Caring, Images Magazine of Greater West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Rosof, Libby, Technical Bravura, Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof's Artblog, December 29, Pennsylvania
    DeCastro, Lavinia, Lights help showcase mural, Courier Post, December 29, New Jersey
    Murray, Rick, Outdoor mural adds flair to Haddon Twp. art district, Haddon Herald, December 15, New Jersey
    Real Estate Weekly, Stitch in time for Kaufman, June 8, New York
    Duponte, Xavier, Opening Open Minds, Sink Magazine, Fall 2005, Pennsylvania
    Baxter, Robert, What a ride it's been!, Courier Post, January 16, New Jersey
    Keashen, Dan, From the Himalayas to Haddon Township, Haddon Life, June 10, New Jersey
  • 2004 Mehra, Priyanka, Desi Talk in New York, News India Times, December 24, New York
    Greene, Dahlia, Crossing Cultural Boundaries, The County Seat, December 15, New Jersey
    DeCastro, Lavinia, Abstract Mural gives Haddon Twp. Color, Courier Post, November 14, New Jersey
    Donohoe, Victoria, Holland Art House, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, Pennsylvania
    Sablove, Ricki, Susquehanna Art Museum Exhibits 360 Degrees of Unity, Alternative Central, September/October, Pennsylvania
    Lewis, Zachary, Art to bring you full circle, The Patriot News, July 18, Pennsylvania
    Pizzoli, Frank, Susquehanna Art Museum Presents "Inner Circles" and Alexander Calder, Alternative Central, May/June, Pennsylvania
    Gehman, Geoff, 'Inner Circles' exhibit stretches and burns, The Morning Call, February 12, Pennsylvania
    Baver, Kristin, Modern art comes full circle, The Keystone, February 5, Pennsylvania
  • 2003 Armstrong, Marilyn, What's up downtown, The New St. Pete News, February, Florida
    Spinale, Laura, Tampa Bay Arts & Culture: Core Exposed,, August, Florida
  • 2002 Strauss, R. B., Parallel Trajectories, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Nov/Dec, Pennsylvania
    Strauss, R. B., Parallel Synergy, Art Matters, November, Pennsylvania
    Strauss, R. B., First Friday an Autumnal Impetus, University City Review, October 30, Pennsylvania
    Strauss, R. B., More History in the Making, Coatesville Ledger, October 24, Pennsylvania
    Strauss, R. B., South Philly shows off, South Philadelphia Review, October 10, Pennsylvania
    Newport News Times, Entertainment and the Arts, May 31, Oregon
  • 1999 Van Eeden, Yvonne, Artist from America visits Swellendam, Swellendam News, July 9, South Africa
  • 1998 Mikus, Kim, Hoffman Estates gallery brings art culture of city, Daily Herald, March 27, Illinois

Catalogue Essays

  • 2008 Rice, Robin, The Tenth Door Paintings, The Guild Gallery, New York
  • 2006 Kuspit, Donald, Antonio Puri's Abstract Paintings, Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, Maryland
    Zimmer, William and Weaver, A.M., The Collaboration Between Artists Antonio Puri and LiQin Tan, Noyes Museum of Art, New Jersey
  • 2004 Miller, Debra, Inner Circles, Susquehanna Art Museum, Pennsylvania
    Seidel, Miriam, Antonio Puri Paintings, New Art Center, New York


  • 2007 Meulensteen Art Centre: Grafisch Atelier Daglicht, Summer Artist Residency, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 2005 Artists' Fellowship Inc. Grant, New York, NY
  • 2004 chashama artist-in-residence subsidized space grant, New York, NY*
  • 1989 Marvin Cone Art Award, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Selected Collections

Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, Philadelphia, PA
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Princeton, NJ
Post & Schell, Philadelphia, PA
Post & Schell, Washington, DC
Ritz Theatre, Oaklyn, NJ
Moriarty & Associates, P.A., Tampa, FL
The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ
NY Hospice Program, New York, NY
chashama, New York, NY
Direct Insurance, Tampa, FL
Planet Art Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Grafisch Atelier Daglicht, Eindhoven, Netherlands
New Port Tampa Bay - Waterfront Condos, Tampa, FL
Penn State: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Arizona State Credit Union, Scottsdale, AZ
Alfred I. duPont Hospital, Wilmington, DE
Musée du Chateau, Montbéliard, France


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