Melissa Fiorentino / USA
Gallery Comment ::
Dramatically staged subjects in unnusual situations painted with great clarity distinguish Fiorentino's work. This is an artist to keep an eye on as she continues to mature, refine and progress in the development of her own unique style.
Artist Statement ::
Melissa paints and learns by studying her influences that range from Michelangelo to Piet Mondrian. A variety of color schemes, intense and sometimes risky subject matter help Fiorentino’s work to be so shocking and different that they stand out. She tends to have a unique style bringing a representational piece, abstract and a portrait all into one. It is a way to allow a way for there to be a reality and dream or nightmare enclosed onto one image.
Melissa Fiorentino is an artist who “creates paintings that show a different side of life, the side where we are learning, discovering and living through the feeling that moves through our veins during the process“ (Fiorentino), that rush that we feel. Her paintings suggest a reality stringing a type of personality extention of the subject in the painting by bringing together a surreal and abstract idea of what a person feels while they are experiencing life.
Challenge and problem solving skills are involved in Fiorentino’s work and she uses these things to track her growth as an artist and as a person. She had her work in the Appleton Museum of Art when she was only 16 years old and from that moment on started working and getting herself into any art shows that she could get into that was at her disposal. Fine Arts for Ocala started to bring her many awards each year, then, getting awards such as the Award of Merit in 2002 and the Award of Distinction in 2003 fueled her aspirations. Youngest artist to have her own booth and display her own work at the age of 19 in 2003 for Fine Arts For Ocala.
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