1898 – 1966
Guccione was born in Buenos Aires to Italian parents. He was a mystic and a musician with no training in the visual arts and very little knowledge of art history. The oeuvre that he left behind (produced between 1930 and 1955) is a compelling display of geometric abstraction.
The artist worked in private and claimed to be channeling a mysterious force that took a hold of him in bouts of creative energy—where his body and mind were not his own. Accordingly, he could (or would) not explain his finished works and in turn asked viewers what they saw in them. Guccione did not sketch his drawings, working quickly and with a minimal range of materials; thick sheets of paper, graphite, colored pencils, and a straight piece of wood, about 4” long, with no measurement markings. His works present us with compact kaleidoscopic arrangements where geometric patterns intertwine with irregular linear shapes. They are both deeply abstract and reminiscent of futuristic architectural landscapes; of buildings and labyrinths that fluctuate between flatness and three-dimensionality, interweaving densely packed color with subtle shading.