Bio/Artist Statement

A dreamer and fearless adventurer, I love fairytales, magic and anything occult and mysterious.  Growing up, I was always curious about what lay beyond the visual world- its secrets, patterns, geometry, light.  When I paint, I make contact with the unseen, therefore, my work becomes a place of imagination and unlimited possibilities. A secret language emerges, letting the colors and shapes tell the story.

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 My recent work is inspired by current events and the struggles we all share.  Even though things may seem bleak and difficult at times, my color palette is optimistic and filled with HOPE.

The black and white squares in these works represent the self, the male/female side and the shadow/light.  They can also represent the duality that exists in life, keeping us separate and feeling isolated; constantly being pulled and kept from being whole; separated by choices, roads and obstacles that life presents. The black circles represent obstacles, beliefs, thoughts, opinions, and prejudices that somehow shape and nudge us down roads we might not have taken or keeping us from the ones we should. The colors represent the general mood or feeling surrounding the situation. The black lines represent the strings, threads and roads that connect, bind, pull, stretch, wring, mold, encourage, challenge, and sometimes overwhelm us to BREAK THROUGH!

 I was born in Gela, Sicily and immigrated to the United States of America in 1964.  I began to paint in 2002 after taking a class in color theory at Parsons School of Design. My paintings and drawings have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New York and New Jersey and can be found in private collections in the United States, Italy and Prague.


Resume

Solo Exhibitions

2017   Gallery at 350 Bleecker   New York, NY

IECC- Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo   Jersey City, NJ

2014    Mercedes Club   New York, NY

2015    Ambience   Edgewater, NJ

2011    OC Concept Store   New York, NY

2010    Guggenheim Gallery   Rensellaerville, NY

            Waldo Lofts   Jersey City, NJ      

2009    Kosciuszko Foundation   New York, NY

2008    Nuradeen’s Gallery   Jersey City, NJ

Select Exhibitions

 2019    Art Fair 14C/Hyatt Regency   Jersey City, NJ 

            Jersey City Theatre Center   Jersey City, NJ Privilege

            Village West Gallery   Jersey City, NJ Wherefore Art

            Nimbus Dance Works   Jersey City, NJ For the Love of it All

2018    Janson’s History of Art Collaborative Book Art Project by Sue J. Norton Poplin

            Grace Church    Jersey City, NJ Who are we? Who am I? 

            IECC- Center for the Arts  at Casa Colombo   Jersey City, NJ Spaces

            Watchung Arts Center    Watchung, NJ Salons

            The Oakman    Jersey City, NJ The Art Project

            Hob’art Gallery   Hoboken, NJ Dialogue

            Drawing Rooms    Jersey City, NJ Somewhere Over the Interconnected Rainbow

            The Gallery Space   Rahway, NJ What’s Next

2017    Harborside Atrium   Jersey City, NJ What’s Next

            City Hall   Jersey City, NJ Solstice

2015    Village West Gallery   Jersey City, NJ Bread & Circuses

2014    Village West Gallery   Jersey City, NJ Whiskey Rebellion

2013    CAF   Jersey City, NJ

2011    Andre Zarre Gallery   New York, NY Tender Allusions

            Open Studio   Guttenberg, NJ

            Edgewater Arts Festival   Edgewater, NJ

2010    Edgewater Arts Festival   Edgewater, NJ

2009    Kosciuszko Foundation   New York, NY

             Nuradeen’s Gallery   Jersey City, NJ 2 Women

2005    Washington Square Outdoor Arts Exhibit   New York, NY

            Edgewater Arts Festival Edgewater, NJ

 CURATORIAL PROJECTS

              2018     Spaces, IECC, Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo

 ARTICLES / NEWS

 Jonathan Mandell: “Different Point of View”

 The Jersey Journal, August 2, 2009

 EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS 

2018-present         Assistant Executive Director/Curator IECC at Casa Colombo

Board Member of ProArts, JC                                           

2017                        Board of Trustees IECC Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo

2016- present         Member of Pro Arts JC

2001                        Dorfman Projects Gallery, New York, NY - six month internship

1979-2009               Registered Dental Hygienist (R.D.H.)

1979                        New York City College of Technology- A.A.S.          

 


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