Charles Arnoldi (b. 1946) is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker. In a boldly graphic and colorful aesthetic, Arnoldi’s work employs a wide range of abstract visual language, from hard-edged geometric compositions to fluid, lyrical linework.
In the early 1970s, the artist attracted attention for his wall-relief wood sculptures, such as Honeymoons in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. He had his first solo exhibition at the Riko Mizuno Gallery in Los Angeles in 1971. The following year he was included in Documenta V, Kassel, Germany, 1972. In 1977, he had his first stick sculpture cast in bronze. Roark, in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art, is a monumental example of this technique. The use of wood remained a feature of Arnoldi's oeuvre, although, since the 1980s, he has often employed it in combination with other media. In the 1990s, Arnoldi's output changed radically. He began producing abstract paintings on canvas, first black and white, and later brightly colored. Justice is an example of these free-flowing organic paintings. He played himself in the 2005 film, Sketches of Frank Gehry, directed by Sydney Pollack. Arnoldi lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Ackland Art Museum (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina), the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berkeley Art Museum (University of California, Berkeley, California), the Denver Art Museum (Denver, Colorado), Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, Missouri), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, California), the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, Tennessee), the Menil Collection (Houston, Texas), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Illinois), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the National Gallery of Australia (Sydney, Australia), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri), The Newark Museum (Newark, New Jersey), the Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, California) and the Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, California) are among the public collections holding works by Charles Arnoldi.