Juan Alberto Negroni, A Caroline, mixed media on canvas, 24"w x 16"h



September 21 - October 26, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday

                                   September 21st



Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art is pleased to present Sereno, a solo exhibition by artist Juan Alberto Negroni. The exhibition will open Saturday, September 21 with a reception from 5:00-8:30pm, and will be on view until October 26, 2019. This is the artist's first solo show with the gallery.

Artist Statement: "In meteorology, Sereno is the term used to describe clear skies without clouds or fog. It is also used to describe the slightly cold humidity of the night. For many hispanic cultures, Sereno is an invisible monster that attacks kids who play outside when the night is falling. Sereno smells like green grass and purple flowers so you wont be afraid of it. It dresses like humid mist and invades kids’ bodies making them sick. It is an evil entity from which your parents are always trying to protect you from, by asking you to “come and play inside” or to wear a t-shirt on a hot summer night. It also describes a person who is characterized for being calm, in control, and at peace with his/her surroundings. Sereno means sobriety and the transition from day to night, from turbulent to tranquil. It is also the watch man- the person who works uneventful, peaceful and quiet night shifts.

While I worked on this body of work I realized that I am calm, that I am at peace with my past, in tune with my now and optimistic about my future. As I realized how as a kid I was protected from evil, it is now that I understand and come to terms with the things I do not understand. I have the certainty that I am being perpetually protected by those who are not here anymore. Those who we can not see.

Sereno is evil and it is wellness. It is the ability to transform and transcend. 

This work is a revelation and a statement of spiritual displacement, it is a document of acceptance and forgiveness. But most of all is a 'Thank you' note to life and every gift I have been given."

Juan Alberto Negroni was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico in 1979. He received a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the Puerto Rico School of Fine Arts, an MA Ed in Art History and Museum Studies from Caribbean University PR, and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. Negroni received the Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award in 2015 and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’art Dijon Residency Fellowship in 2017. His work is a part of public and private art collections in Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Argentina, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Greece. He lives and works in Dallas, TX.