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Serafino Catallo is a masterful Toronto artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in painting and colour theory from York University. Working in ateliers under internationally renowned artists, he has gained considerable experience in the etching printing processes. His works reflect a keen interest in the abstract: breaking down and building up relationships between colour, line and form. His abstract landscapes are formed from sharply compartmentalized shapes to diffused planes of opulent colour and harmony. The density of certain lines and the suggested completion of colour flow are integral to the energy of his work. At times, spheres and other graphic markings tenuously float above the landscapes of imagery, appreciated for their implications of space and direction, their graphic appeal as both symbols and anecdotes, and their expressive, asymmetrical qualities.

Catallo masterfully creates depth and mass through various methods of colour transparencies. These include staining and dripping techniques, sanding, and etching in textures. Catallo’s work celebrates this medium for its inherent character and means of application. For him art is a mode of reason; it is as scientific as it is emotional. Inspired by the colour field painters of the mid-century, he explores abstract principles through various styles of work.

Catallo’s works are a celebrated part of several international private, public, and corporate collections including those of DeLoitte & Touche, AT&T, Chrysler Corporation, and Delta Airlines. His first published series of prints were released in the fall of 2000.


My most recent work reflects my interest in space, mood, surface tension and its effect on our consciousness, in the diffusion/dissolution of colour and its evocation of essence and being. In continuing a dialogue that observes the evocative drama and romanticism of Turner to the formal ideas of Helen Frankenthaler’s colour washes and her dissolution of forms and the brooding ethereal quality of Rothko’s floating blocks of colour, I endeavor to infuse an undercurrent of spiritual orientation and an overall mystical sensibility in my paintings that attempts to elucidate aspects of the human condition.

I strive to emphasize an overall stillness in the paintings, a relaxed compositional drama with a focus on process. They are purposefully engineered and yet simultaneously flowing and dynamic. Herein lays many paradoxes; together with the encroachment of fluid colour veils and the various tactical treatments of the paint, the otherwise still surface is afforded a sense of restrained but meaningful energy. The images I paint also reveal a paradox between the range of rough media I use and the aesthetic elegance of the final piece.

I am also interested in the ephemeral. Colour transparency in my work is exploited, its emotional value used to link the viewer to a spiritual landscape. The allusion to this landscape is twofold; not only is a metaphysical landscape referenced but so too is a physical one. Although not explicit, the familiar horizon line appears to reinforce a spiritual value where there seems to be no beginning nor end, everything and nothing existing within this intersection. The translucent property of the colour stirs the viewer into seeing through it like a veil, like a seemingly moveable or transient object as seeing and being are not one-dimensional. It is an affirmation of the evocatively playful possibilities of paint.

I work mostly in square formats because the square has a fortifying sense of stability; it is perfectly equal on all sides, neutral in orientation and represents an aesthetic element of design. In working in panels that form diptychs, I am further able to break down the composition and reconstruct its boundaries. The physical surface of the painting is as important to me as the imagery; I try to work with these two aspects of painting, the physical object and the metaphorical content, in every work. Acrylic, tar, dry pigments, limestone dust, metal, detritus and oils contribute to the overall visceral dimension and treatment of my work.



1996 York University, Toronto, ON
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours
Faculty of Fine Arts, Visual Arts


Atelier artist, etchings, KLIM Art, Toronto
Marketing, Progressive Editions Fine Art Ltd., Toronto


2009 Disambiguation Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 Galerie St. Laurent+Hill, Ottawa, ON
2007 New Works, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 Transcendent, Leonardo Gallery,Toronto, ON

2008 Out of the Green, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007 Shifting Seasons, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007 Gallery Artists, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 Gallery Artists, Envers Chapin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2009 Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON
1998-2005 Art Expo New York
1998-2003 Art Expo Los Angeles
2000-2005 Art Expo Las Vegas
1999-2001, 2006, 2007 IIDEX Toronto
1999-2003 Orlando ABC
1998-2005 Atlanta ABC
1998-2005 Chicago ABC
1998-2005 Miami ABC
2001-2005 IHFM, Highpoint, NC


Galerie St. Laurent+Hill, Ottawa, ON
Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
Gallery 133, Toronto, ON
Prestige Art & Design, West Palm Beach, FL
Interior Design Associates, Boca Raton, FL
Design Centre of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL
Envers Chapin Gallery, Toronto, ON
International Art Acquisitions, Rochester, NY
Liss Gallery, Toronto, ON
Shelley Lambe Fine Art Consultants, Toronto, ON
Rosenbaum Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL
Absolute Gallery, Lansing, MI
Images Art Gallery, California, USA
Kevin Barry Fine Art Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Bentley Publishing Group, California, USA
Editions Ltd., California, USA
Slaymaker Fine Art, Chicago, IL


Luxuria Condominiums, Boca Raton, FL
The Clare at Water Tower, Chicago, IL
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Delta Airlines, USA
George Heller, Hudson Bay Co., ON
Chrysler Corp., USA
Lesina Condominiums, Naples, FL,
WCI, Boca Raton, FL
DeLoitte & Touche, Toronto, ON
DCM Erectors Inc., Toronto, ON
Hughes Corporation, Las Vegas, NV
Enwave Energy Corporation, Toronto, ON
Base Hospital, Toronto, ON
Emergis Inc., Toronto, ON
Remax Reality, Toronto, ON
AT&T, Toronto, ON


2009 Scratching the Surface: Colour, Texture, Pattern Lecture by Professor Patrick McClyment, TAE
2009 January, Globe & Mail ad, Toronto, ON
2007 July, Globe & Mail ad, Toronto, CON
2006 August, International Art Treasures Web Magazine, review
2005 March, Florida Design ad
2003 April, Florida Design ad
1999-2003 Art Business News ad
1999-2000 Art World News, ad