In 1958, Rogelio Polesello received a degree in printmaking, drawing, and painting from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón. In 1959, the first solo exhibition of his work was held at the Peuser Gallery. On that occasion, he showed geometric paintings with a constructivist influence that explored the possibilities of Op art. Throughout his career, he produced paintings, prints, and acrylic objects that examined the possibilities of geometric abstraction with optical effects that decomposed the image. From an early age, he worked in advertising design, which would lead him to have experiences beyond the confines of the art world. He engaged in interdisciplinary work connected to architecture, environmental design, textile design, body painting, and interventions in public space. His work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries in Argentina and abroad.
Outstanding solo exhibitions of Polesello’ work have been held at the Pan American Union, Washington (1961), the Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas (1966 and 1968), the Universidad de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (1966 and 1971), the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango of the Banco de la República, BogotaÅL (1967), the Centro de Artes Visuales of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires (1969), the Center for Inter American Relations, New York (1973), the Museo de Arte Moderno de BogotaÅL (1973), the Museo de Arte Moderno-Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City (1973), the Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires (1995), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (2000), the Museo JoseÅL Luis Cuevas, Mexico City (2002), and the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires (2005).
His work forms part of the collections of the following institutions: the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), the Guggenheim, New York, the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, the Blanton Museum, Austin, the Lowe Art Museum, Miami, the Museo de Arte Moderno de BogotaÅL, the Banco de la República, Bogotá, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires (MACBA).