Heatwave, Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 2019, 39 in. X 47 in.
The Batesville Area Arts Council presented Vision, an exhibition by Eliseo Casiano, at the BAAC Gallery on Main (226 E Main St), January 18 – March 5, 2022. Eliseo Casiano is an Oklahoma native currently based in Batesville, Arkansas. He received his BFA in painting from East Central University in Ada, OK and his MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Casiano serves as Gallery Manager for the Batesville Area Arts Council and teaches part-time in the Fine Arts Program at Lyon College. His paintings have been shown widely across the United States, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Vermont Studio Center.
Vision is a collection of paintings recontextualizing figures and space into tableaus with fixed information and indefinite resolution. Casiano combines family history with symbolism in portraiture to interpret his cultural lineage. His paintings function by deconstructing the past to understand the present, examining representations of race, family relationships, and maneuverability through a space of otherness.
This exhibition was sponsored by Citizens Bank.