Dante Cannatella

Bio & CV:


Dante Cannatella is an American-British artist who creates paintings that exist in an imaginative version of reality that is derived from his own experiences, memories and dreams. His paintings grasp the tactility of paint and illusionary light to portray the figure emotively. His compositions often hinge on the proximal relations of figures, and in doing so describing relationships – between people, between workers, and between individuals or groups and their environments. His imagery is often inspired by the landscapes of South Louisiana and is driven by an intuitive, improvisational process whereby form, pattern, color and design elements both belong to the surface of an object and take on their own narratives.

Cannatella’s process is both reactive and generative. He engages with layers of paint, scraping and sanding, his brushstrokes both build on and reveal traces of themselves. His forms are muscular and gentle, his palette navigates mystery and luminosity in a dreamlike terrain.


B. 1992
Lives and works in New York, NY

2021 – MFA, Hunter College, New York City 2017 – BFA, University of New Orleans,

Solo Exhibitions:
2023 – Reverie, Bradley Ertaskiran, Montréal, QC 2020 – Heat, Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY

Selected Exhibitions:
2023 – Nocturne of Symbiose, F2T Gallery, Milan, IT
2022 – NADA, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY
2022 – The Power of Dream, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, FR
2022 – Night Owl, MASSIMODECARLO, Virtual Space
2022 – It’s true what they say, Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
2022 – Last Call, Bradley Ertaskiran, Montréal, QC
2021 – Mrs Robinson, Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
2021 – Untitled Art Fair, Regular Normal, New York, NY
2021 – The Privilege of Getting Together, Anna Zorina Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
2020 – 3 day weekend, Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY