Donna Festa

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Artist of the Month, March 2015

Work1 Title: Woman Wearing Lipstick Year: 2014 Material oil on panel Dimensions: H 6″ W 5.5″  Work2 Title: Man Holding a Dog Year: 2014 Material oil on panel Dimensions: H 6″ W 6″  Work3 Title: Black Dress Year: 2014 Material oil on panel Dimensions: H 6″ W 6″  Work4 Title: Man in Black Pants Year: 2014 Material oil on panel Dimensions: H 6″ W 6″  Work5 Title: Woman in Brown Year: 2014 Material oil on panel Dimensions: H 6″ W 6″

Statement:

We wear our lives on our faces. These portraits of people I’ve known or who have caught my eye each tell a story in their own quiet way.

Using oil on wood, each painting is made quickly, in one sitting, in order to keep the loose, fresh quality of a sketch. The size is intentionally small in purposeful contrast with the greedy, loud and overstuffed society reflected directly in much contemporary art of recent decades. I am attached in a visceral way to the fluidity of oil paint and the nuanced textural and lighting effects it facilitates, as well as traditions in portrait painting, although I am effected, in my attempts to capture glimpses of complex characters by the post-Freudian dissolution of the self in the age of virtual reality.

Resume:

EDUCATION
University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, MFA in painting, 1996.
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, BFA with teacher certification, 1989.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, certificate in painting, 1987.

COLLECTIONS
State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Private Collections

PUBLICATIONS
ARTVOICES, 7th Anniversary Issue, 2014
Expose Art Magazine, Art Basil Miami Special Edition, 2014
Cleaver Magazine, December 2013
Fresh Paint Magazine, October 2013
Manifest INPA, vol. 1, 2011, vol. 2, 2012
New American Paintings, Mid-Atlantic Region Volume 51, 2004

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013  Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012  The Painting Center, New York, NY

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2014  The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh, GB
Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art, Washington, DC
Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
ARC Gallery, Chicago, Il
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2013  440Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, New York, NY
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
2012  Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, NY
2011  The Paining Center, New York, NY
ARC Gallery, Chicago, Il
State Museum of Pennsylvania, ,Art of the State Exhibit Purchase Prize Winner, Harrisburg, PA
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY
2010  Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art of the State Exhibit, Harrisburg, PA
2009  State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art of the State Exhibit, Harrisburg, PA
Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
2005  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts A

Place: Bangor, Maine

Contact: defg1993@verizon.net

Website: http://www.donnafesta.com/