• Ceramic Horse

    “Ceramic Horse ”

    Date 1986
    Dimensions 20"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Fired Clay
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • Cavalcade

    “Cavalcade”

    Date 2005
    Dimensions 24"x 48"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Green Horse

    “Green Horse ”

    Date 1976
    Dimensions 25"x 34"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • Caballo con pájaro

    “Caballo con pájaro*”

    Date 1984
    Dimensions 34"x 40"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic on canvas
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Horse with Bird
  • Aluminum Sculpture. Cloud Series

    “Aluminum Sculpture. Cloud Series ”

    Date 1976
    Dimensions 12'
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Aluminum
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
  • The conclave has spoken

    “The conclave has spoken ”

    Date s.f.
    Dimensions 54"x 67 3/4"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century

John Balossi

New York, USA, 1931 - San Juan, PR, 2007

Biography Details

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, watercolorist, ceramicist, and teacher. Balossi studied at Columbia University, where he earned his BFA in 1956 and his MFA in 1960. Between 1956 and 1960 Balossi worked as a commercial artist and managed a gallery with J. Peplinsky, another young artist. He moved to Puerto Rico in 1960 and from 1962 to 1988 taught at the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Balossi was the recipient of an honorable mention at the First UNESCO Painting Salon and first prize at the Fifth. He worked principally in sculpture, using a variety of materials such as stone, wood, terracotta, hammered aluminum plates, iron (soldered), and ceramic clay; he joined the Manos Group of ceramicists in the eighties. Balossi was known as a colorist, and both his paintings and ceramic works almost always portrayed horses or female figures.

Artist Statement

Didn’t matter where I lived... I don't know why most wide-ranging things interest me... I'm not interested in things from here or there... But things from the universe... like clouds, mountains, oceans, stars, but certainly not things or specific objects from everyday life... I gravitate towards the cataclysmic theme...  John Balossi, 1972

John Balossi, 1972

Source: Rivera García, Rafael. “John Balossi…Escultor”. Artes Visuales (San Juan, PR), Núm. 8, Año 2, 1972, pp. 18-24.

Formation

Education

1960

  • Masters of Art. Columbia University, New York, United States

1956

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts. School of Painting and Sculpture, Columbia University, New York, United States

Professional Experience

1962-1988

  • Associate Professor of Fine Arts. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1960-1961

  • Instructor. Puerto Rico Junior College, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2011

  • Memorias, Galería Tous Soto, Cámara de Representantes de Puerto Rico, Capitolio de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Pintura reciente, Galería Viota, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Galería Viota, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Balossi, Galería Viota, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Horses and Riders: A journey from San Juan to Chiavari, Galería Rojo y Negro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1986

  • Esculturas en hierro, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Constelaciones, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Esculturas en barro quemado-pinturas en papel, Galería André, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1981

  • Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1979

  • Galería Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • Galería Manos, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1973

  • Galería Santiago, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1970

  • Ruth White Gallery, New York, United States

1968

  • Ruth White Gallery, New York, United States

1967

  • Galería Jacques Perrin, Paris, France

1966

  • Ruth White Gallery, New York, United States
  • Galerie San Marco, Chiavari, Geneve, Italy

1965

  • Galería Colibrí, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1964

  • J. Walter Thompson Company, New York, United States

1963

  • La Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1961

  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1960

  • Fuerte Buchanan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2007

  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • IV Gran subasta de arte puertorriqueño, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • Pintando al Ritmo del Jazz, Galería Rojo y Negro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • Encuentro de Ceramistas de Latinoamérica, Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, Bogotá,  Colombia; Venezuela; Brazil

1986

  • Bienal de Ceramique, Vallauris, France
  • Saludo al Encuentro de Ceramistas de Latinoamérica, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Encuentro de Ceramistas de Latinoamérica, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico; Everson Museum, University of Syracuse, New York; Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, United States, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico
  • II Trienal Mundial de Cerámica Pequeña, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
  • 44 Concorso della Ceramica  Contemporanea, Faenza, Italy

1985

  • I Trienal de Cerámica Pequeña, Zagreb, Yugoslavia

1984

  • Ahoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • I Congreso de Artistas Abstractos de Puerto Rico, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Paintings and Ceramics, Art Expo, New York, United States
  • Paintings and Sculpture, Art Expo, New York, United States

1983

  • Arte Actual Puerto Rico 1983, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1981

  • Expresiones en barro, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

1980-1981

  • Sculpture in Clay from Puerto Rico, Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey; Bacardi Gallery, Miami, Florida; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts; Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

1980- 1982

  • Competencia Internacional de cerámica artística, Faenza, Italy

1979

  • V Salón de Pintura UNESCO, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • III Muestra de Pintura y Escultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1978

  • II Muestra de Pintura y Escultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • Latin American Sculpture, Xerox Corp., Rochester, New York, United States
  • I Muestra de Pintura y Escultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1974

  • I Salón de Pintura UNESCO, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • III Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Convento de los Dominicos, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1972

  • II Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Convento de los Dominicos, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1970

  • I Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Convento de los Dominicos, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1969

  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1968

  • Childe Hassam Invitational, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, United States

1967

  • Festival de Navidad, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

1987

  • Honorable Mention. II World Triennial of Ceramics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia

1979

  • First Prize. Fifth UNESCO Exhibition of Painting, Paris, France
  • Award. R.J. Reynolds Tabacco Company, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1974

  • Honorable Mention. First UNESCO Painting Salon, Paris, France

1967

  • Honorable Mention. Christmas Festival, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • American Airlines Admiral’s Club, Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Arthur Andersen & Company, Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Avon-Mirabella, Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
  • Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Chase Manhattan, New York, United States; San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, United States
  • Esso Collection of Puerto Rican Graphics, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Finch College Art Museum, New York, United States
  • Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
  • Galería Viota, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Giorgio La Pira, Rome, Italy
  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Istituto Statale d’Arte, Castelli, Italy
  • J. Walter Thompson Company, New York, United States
  • Library of Congress, Washington DC, United States
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo del Barrio, New York, United States
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States
  • R. Rockefeller, New York, United States
  • R.J. Reynolds Tabacco Company, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Società Economica di Chiavari, Chiavari, Italy

Bibliography

Catalogues

Balossi, Galería Viota, San Juan,1999.


John Balossi: Horses and Riders: Ajourney from San Juan to Chiavari, Galería Rojo y Negro, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Newspapers

“John Balossi ofrece taller”. El Nuevo Día, Por Dentro (San Juan, PR), 16 de septiembre de 2001, p. 85. 


Pérez Ruíz, José Antonio. “ Balossi…en Galería Viota. Primera Hora, Fin de Semana (San Juan, PR), 8 de octubre de 1999, pp. 12-13.


Paniagua, Tere. “ A rienda suelta”. El Nuevo Día, Por Dentro, (San Juan, PR), 19 de septiembre de 1999, p. 75.


Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “ John Balossi: equus y eros”. El Nuevo Día, Por Dentro, (San Juan, PR), 12 de septiembre de 1999, p. 84. 


Toro, Ana Teresa. “Balossi: siempre maestro”. El Nuevo Día, Cultura, (San Juan, PR), 10 de abril de 2007, p. 84. 


Pérez Ortíz, Tatiana. “Lienzos para celebrar la vida”. El Nuevo Día, Por Dentro (San Juan, PR), 19 de enero de 2003, pp. 70.


Alegre Barrios, Mario. “Se apaga John Balossi”. El Nuevo Día, Cultura (San Juan, PR), 9 de abril de 2007, p. 70.


Díaz Roberts, Samantha. “Los caballos y las mujeres de Balossi”. El Nuevo Día, Arte y Cultura (San Juan, PR), 7 de noviembre de 2005, p. 19.

 

Magazines

Rivera García, Rafael. “John Balossi…Escultor”. Artes Visuales (San Juan, PR), Núm. 8, Año 2, 1972, pp. 18-24. 


Santiago Vidal, Migdalia. “ Balossi. Artista sin límites ni fronteras”. Imagen (San Juan, PR), julio 1988, pp. 120-125.