Carlos Sessano’s mastery of the arts encompasses film, paint, ceramics and theater. Sessano was born in Argentina in 1935, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires in his youth. Sessano quickly gained notoriety with art critics throughout Argentina with his first solo show in 1954.
Sessano and his fellow artists Esprilo Bute, Ricardo Carpani and Juan Manuel Sanchez were the first to create an artistic expression that reflected the perspective of Argentina’s working class. In 1959, the artists formally came together as the Spartacus Movement, a groundbreaking group that established a national, revolutionary artistic style before eventually disbanding in 1968. During his period with the Spartacus Movement, Sessano’s figurations were filled with pain , portrayed with oversized, grieving limbs.
In 1960, while still an active member of the Spartacus Movement, Sessano embarked on a journey throughout Latin America, traveling to Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Cuba, and Mexico. While in Ecuador, he exhibited at the Museum of Colonial Art, where he met Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin; the two artists then worked together on murals in the government palace. In 1961, Sessano participated in the first National Cuban Congress of Writers and Artists in Havana, Cuba. He returned to Argentina two years later.
In 1969, Sessano fled from Argentina’s military dictatorship to Spain, at which point he took a hiatus from his artistic career, which lasted until 1974. When he finally returned to art, his lines obtained a new softness, and his colour a new boldness: no longer entrenched in agony, his figures were finally at ease. Sessano remains living in Spain to this day.
Sessano's work has been exhibited in Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador, Cuba, France, Austria, Sweden, Lebanon, Canada, the USA, Spain and Italy. His works are displayed in the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin Art, Cada De Las Americas in Havana, Museo de Arte de Tres Arroyos, Funk National Arts in Buenos Aires, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Managua, Guayasamin Foundation Guito, Cada de Las Americas Alicante, Collection Fund Atomic Energy Buenos Aires and in private collections in America and Europe. He made exposures in Argentina, Lebanon, Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, the USA, Spain and Italy. Six of his murals in Buenos Aires and Mar Del Plata have been protected and declared cultural heritage.