Born in Argentina in 1931, César Paternosto has exhibited widely in Latin America and abroad. Since 1967, he has been an active member of the arts community in New York as a painter, sculptor, author, and curator. His works are included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; and the Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany.
His first book, Piedra Abstracta (Buenos Aires, 1989) has been translated as The Stone and the Thread—Andean Roots of Abstract Art and was published in 1996 by the University of Texas Press. An expert on the abstract symbolic systems of Pre-Columbian civilizations, Paternosto uses his own photography and drawings to document and analyze the ancient remains of the region. It is this research that has fueled his artistic exploration for the last twenty years.