Featured Artist: John Napoli

When thinking of an artist’s workspace, what typically comes to mind is a studio—whether it be a spacious industrial loft or a well-lit room in the corner of a cottage. But a treehouse? That’s a new one.

Not for John Napoli, who designed and built his treehouse studio, dubbed “La Tour Chaleureux et Accueillant de la Lumière,” over 10 years ago. Longing for a studio space in which he could break free from stifling artificial lighting and maximize the use of natural sunlight, Napoli built his creative space 30 feet off the ground, with a west-facing panoramic window to capture the sunset every night.

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John Napoli’s treehouse studio, La Tour Chaleureux et Accueillant de la Lumière.

“My intention was to find a way to capture experiences in nature real-time,” Napoli explains, “the impact of changing light on the landscape, the continuously changing skies, the look of the world around. I was driven to capture the essence of the unfolding of creation in nature.” And capture it he does, in bold oil paintings and oil pastel/colored pencil drawings that burst with movement and energy. Working fluidly between both mediums, he stretches the boundaries of each, creating painting-like drawings as well as intricate oil paintings with a tangible sense of structure, rhythm, and flow.

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Extremely Coveted by John Napoli.

A lifelong artist, Napoli has been drawing since childhood and painting since he was a teenager. He attended New York’s Parsons The New School for Design and California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, the arts conservatory at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Ever since graduating, he’s been pursuing his career as an independent artist in order to explore and develop his own creative vision.

Switching to working solely in his treehouse year-round “has had a profound impact on my work, affecting my inspiration, composition, palette and style,” Napoli says. At last, the subject that inspires him most—nature and its ever-changing forms—literally surrounds him from dawn until late evening, allowing him to capture the vivid colors, picturesque beauty, and continuously changing light he sees right in front of him onto the canvas.

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Sentinels by John Napoli.

Having never before exhibited his work during his more-than-25-year career, Napoli is excited to share his art publicly for the first time at Artexpo New York 2015. He’ll be at [SOLO] booth S318, just off the SOLO Lounge. Make sure to give him a warm welcome!

For more on John Napoli, visit his website.

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John Napoli working in his treehouse studio.

Featured Artist: Zingaro

Massachusetts-born artist Zingaro, represented by Colorado gallery Art on a Whim, is considered the modern master of vitreous enamel, an ancient medium that has been passed down through the generations. This rare technique involves fusing glass to metal with high heat, creating not only a uniquely beautiful finished material, but also one that is resistant to scratches, chemicals, and fire.

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Space by Zingaro

Born in 1954 to first-generation Portuguese and French-Canadian immigrants, Zingaro began his formal art training at age 11. Over the next few decades, he put his talents to use across America as a painter, commercial mural artist, gallery owner, and photography assistant, eventually earning a fine arts degree from Stockton College in 1995 and settling in New Mexico to paint and create in a variety of mediums at his studio.

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Zozobra by Zingaro

While Zingaro’s early body of work consisted mainly of acrylic paintings on canvas and metal sculptures created from found objects, his more recent work has revolved around vitreous enamel pieces featuring fused glass on copper—in fact,  over 500 of his nearly 1,000 original works to date are vitreous enamel.

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Tequila Twilight by Zingaro

His work is featured in collections all over the world, including in institutions like New York’s National Dance Institute and in the private collections of Denzel Washington and Kelly Clarkson. We look forward to sharing Zingaro’s gorgeous work with you this April at Artexpo New York 2015—look for Art on a Whim’s booth!

Visit Art on a Whim online here >

Record Sales, Attendees & Exhibitor Success at Our 36th Artexpo! Show Highlights

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Attendees peruse the Liquid Art System booth at Artexpo New York 2014.

We’d like to extend a very warm thank you to everyone who participated in our 36th annual Artexpo New York. It was a tremendous success on all fronts, and we couldn’t have done it without our talented exhibitors, our enthusiastic attendees, our generous sponsors and everyone who helped to make this our best Artexpo yet!


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Sam Talbot-Kelly’s “The Blood Queen,” from her “Open, Sesame” series.

Top Sales & Success Stories
As always, we were thrilled to hear that exhibitors made great connections and closed big sales. Several established artists and galleries reported record show sales this year! And emerging artists stepped into the spotlight to forge new connections with buyers, collectors and gallery owners. Here are a few of our favorite success stories: (Don’t see yours here? Write a comment below, or email us at info@redwoodmg.com so we can share it.)

2014 [SOLO] Award — Drew Doggett Photography

[SOLO] Award-Winner Drew Doggett with Linda Mariano.

Art Design Consultants (ADC) sold 43 pieces in just the first day and 68 pieces total during the show ($1,000 – 4,000 range). Litsa Spanos, president of ADC said, “Best first day ever at Artexpo! This is my 4th year and I’m just amazed at the traffic and response this year!”

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Irina Gretchanaia’s majestic florals at Artexpo New York 2014.

Irina Gretchanaia sold a 20×20 piece, “Lemons,” for $3,800; a square 40×40 piece, “Poppy I,” for $6,500; and a 60×60 piece, “White Poppy,” for $8,000.

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Kathleen Carrillo doing a painting demonstration at Artexpo New York 2014.

Kathleen Carrillo sold a 48×60 piece for $6,500. She also painted, completed and sold a 36×48 painting, “Tuscany Whimsy,” for $4,500 during the course of the show. It was picked up by Canapo Gallery, which now has 16 of her pieces on display.

Nazarov Art sold “Spirit of NYC” by Vladimir Nazarov for $60,000 and “Faces #3″ for $40,000. “Se Souvenir” by Christian Vey sold for $38,000. They also had success with Limited edition print sales, taking over two dozen orders. Additionally they are in process of negotiating a sales agreement with a major real estate company. Vladimir Nazarov would also like to thank the staff of Art Expo for the beautiful show they put together – the professional atmosphere was one of the important factors that led to his sales success.

Socrates Marquez sold 14 pieces during the show and two pieces after the show. New Gallery in Soho also picked up a piece for its showroom. Sales ranged from $1,000 – 8,000. Marquez added, “The interest has been overwhelming. I am getting emails from collectors who visited my booth and are now looking for additional pieces. Two years ago I came in as the underdog and now, thanks to Artexpo, people actually recognize my name and my artwork.”

Lyrical Fine Art sold three Daniel Del Orfano pieces, and two galleries purchased pieces in the $2,000 – 6,000 range.

Woody Slaymaker, CEO of Slaymaker Fine Art said, “Even though it’s only a three-day show this year, we made our goal easily. We had a terrific first day!”

[SOLO] Exhibitor Seth Apter sold nine pieces for $495 each.

Mary Johnston sold 24 2’x2′ pieces, one larger work and 11 of her 12×12 squares. She also placed a collection with Expressive Living Art & Accessories in Wantagh, NY and placed a grouping of 24×24 pieces on panel for QArt.

• First-time Artexpo exhibitor Mattson’s Fine Art sold 17 pieces and has purchases from four galleries pending. Their top seller was Alexis Silk, who sold eight pieces that include two large sculpted torsos.

Peter W. Hart Gallery of Montreal sold 13 pieces during the show. Their signature piece, “Field of Dreams,” sold for $3,800.

• Another first-time Artexpo exhibitor, Garsot, reported sales of five important pieces and worldwide contacts established via interaction with media from China, the Middle East and local and national outlets. Works sold include: “Flowers For You,” “Coral Reef, ” “Ocean Sunset,” “Sunny Moonlight” and “Kiss Me Tonight.” Prices ranged from $25,000-250,000.

Richard Riverin sold seven paintings and was approached by Artblend to do business in Fort Lauderdale on a consignment basis.

• In his first-ever exhibition as an artist, Alex Nero said he was “overwhelmed with the engagement and response. People noted that they have never seen any work similar to mine. I feel accomplished.” He currently has two sales of 40”x40”pieces pending with customers in NY for $4,500 each.

Tanner Lawley — Best New Exhibitor

Artexpo award-winner Tanner Lawley (right) in his booth with Linda Mariano.

Tanner Lawley commented: “This is by far a highlight in my short, six-year career.” During the show, he sold two pieces and sold two pieces after the show from Artexpo leads. He was also asked to develop a commission for a collector for $5,000 – 7,000.

Brad Robertson sold out of his 12”x12”pieces for $300 each, sold two 48×60 pieces for $4,800 each and made several new contacts for possible commissions.

• Elizabeth Pinkhasov from The Metropolitan Art Museum estimated the exhibition by Palais Royal Gallery (Moscow) as one of the best in ArtExpo New York 2014.

Louise Cutler Fine Art Studio sold “The Giver III” for $3,800 to a couple that she originally met last year. She added, “They came back to buy a piece from me specifically! I was very honored!”

DECOR Expo Showcase’s Big Debut
This year’s show also marked the welcomed return of DECOR Expo Showcase. Exhibitors and trade buyers were pleased to see a framing show take place on the East Coast again, and an overwhelming majority of exhibitors made plans to return to DECOR Expo Showcase next year.

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The beautiful My Moulding booth in DECOR Expo Showcase, alongside Artexpo New York and [SOLO].

Media Buzz

Artexpo New York got a lot of attention in the media this year in publications and media including Long Island Pulse, Examiner, Posture, WHERE, New York Magazine, Woman Around Town, NY1, Art World News and Art Business News, to name a few. Our social media stats were also hopping! Twitter was on fire with #ArtexpoNY comments and praise, and our Facebook fans had lots of great things to say, too. Thank you all for the wonderful feedback!

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Artexpo Poster Challenge winner Alberto Bahamon and Nicole Kasak with Carlos’ award-winning “Times Square”. Carlos is represented by Canapo Art Gallery.

Events, Giveaways & Other Surprises
The weekend was jam-packed with exceptional events, seminars, guest appearances and giveaways. Here are a few more highlights from the show:

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Artist and HGTV Celebrity Designer David Bromstad (right) in the Penny Lane Publishing booth with Zach Jones, owner of Penny Lane Publishing.

• More than 3,000 art giveaways courtesy of QArt
• Aaron Poritz Furniture VIP lounge
• Trends & Topics education series
• “Splash of Color” seminar and meet and greet with HGTV’s David Bromstad

• Opening night party with complimentary Belaya Rus vodka cocktails, KIND snacks and Vita Coco
• Exhibition and LIVE photo shoot by Jordan Matter, photographer and New York Times bestselling author
• Official Artexpo New York poster contest and winner unveiling. The contest theme was “New York.”
• Guided Art Tours
• Artist unveilings and painting demonstrations
• Touch Galleries presented award-winning Nelson Mandela Collection
• A range of international artists represented, including: Bejing Caiyuxan Gallery, from Bejing, China; Galleria Quorum, from Madrid, Spain; Palais Royal Gallerie, from Moscow, Russia; Canapo Art Gallery, which exhibits a collection of Latin-American masters and artists; Square Gallery, from Positano, Italy, and more.

And did you catch photographer and exhibitor Jordan Matter doing a photo shoot with dancers and circus performers? That was a blast!

Jordan Matter's photo shoot at Artexpo New York 2014.

Videographer Bill Crumlic was on hand and captured some excellent footage of the show. Have a look:


Once again, we’d like to thank everyone for being a part of Artexpo New York 2014! We’ll be back again at Pier 94 next year from April 23-26 for a four-day show with a trade-only opening day. See you there? For registration information, please visit the EXHIBIT section of our website.

2013 Show Photos & Highlights

Artexpo New York 2013’s sold-out show was a tremendous hit with exhibitors and attendees alike! Art sales were high this year, show traffic was up by 25%, Trade attendance was up 21%, and 91% of polled attendees said they enjoyed the event.

Here are just a few photos from the big weekend in NYC. (For those of you who attended Artexpo, you might see some familiar faces! Feel free to share on your website, blog or social media pages.)

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Tons of attendees came out to see this year’s array of art at Artexpo.

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Joan Konkel – Booth 1234

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Tibi Hegyesi’s booth.

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What Artists Said About the Show

It was a wild ride! Everything was in hyperdrive. The rush of people entering the exhibit the first night, the yellow cabs dotting the standstill traffic, watching a conceptual Broadway show. This was our ninth year exhibiting at Artexpo New York. And I am happy to announce that the show was a complete success. We sold all the pieces featured at the exhibition!
—Anna Razumovskaya
ANNA ART Publishing

Great show, good sales! I wish I’d brought more of my larger paintings—they all sold. I sold 9 pieces overall. I was surprised at the number of buyers, but I had no more works left after Saturday.
—Peter Colbert

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Balancing Sculptures – Jerzy Kedziora

What Attendees Had to Say

I attended a good number of the presentations and panels, and I found the information invaluable. I am busily disseminating my newfound knowledge—and often just the important facts I needed to be reminded of—to my employees. I also feel the quality and quantity of the artwork on exhibit was right on. Something for everyone. I made a number of purchases and eagerly await their arrivals.
—Carla Hamilton
Four Corners Gallery

The presentation was very nice this year and the show seemed to have a certain spark to it. The range of art was diverse—there were many unique, independent artists in addition to the publishers, and that was something I enjoyed. I understand you’re going to move the show over to Pier 94 next year, and I think that will make it even better for 2014.
Gunnar Nordstrom
Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery

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Dage and her sensual creations.

Moving to Pier 94 in 2014:
Three Shows in One!

As Gunnar mentioned in his quote above, we will be moving to Pier 94 next year to accommodate the growth of the show. Our 2014 event will feature three shows in one:
• Artexpo New York, our original, juried fine art fair featuring top publishers and gallery owners
• [SOLO], a highly competitive fair for independent artists
• DECOR Expo, a trade-only event featuring top trends and products for the fine art and framing industry

Our 2014 event will feature wider aisles, with even more room to showcase artists’ works. We also have exciting plans already in the works for live entertainment and new Topics & Trends seminars. To be a part of it all, submit your application to exhibit by June 1st and we’ll offer you 2013 prices on your booth space. Better yet: pay in full and you’ll save 5%.

See you at next year’s show!

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Thanks for coming, and see you in 2014…

Artist Sandra Iafrate Blooms in the U.S. at Artexpo

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Abundance by Sandra Lafrate

Canadian resident Sandra Iafrate is making her US her debut with a big, bold statement at Artexpo! For her first year at the show, she’s showcasing bursting bouquets of vibrant florals painted on massive linen supports in her “Abundance” series.

Having moved to Virginia from Toronto last year, Iafrate says she was very excited to be showing her work in the U.S. and has been working with concept designs she planned several years ago.

“I love to get an oversized piece of canvas and tape it to the wall and just go,” says Iafrate, who says Abundance was inspired by her days as a student in the 1980s living near a boisterous flower market in East London.

“I can only describe the atmosphere on a Sunday morning as beautiful chaos: vendors shouting, colors and aromas all whirling about your head as you make your way through.”

The mix and mingle in Abundance is a great intro to spring in the 76” x 108” major piece, and two long pieces measuring 76”x34” each. With its sheer size, you can’t help but stop and smell the roses.

“I’m a big fan of bringing the outdoors in, especially in the city,” says Iafrate. Having lived in Toronto for 8 years, she said she has painted mostly nature, floral and foliage as the city folk want to bring in some gardens that they don’t have to water.

In addition, Iafrate is showing contrasting abstracts in a series of five paintings, which are reminiscent of waterfalls. A dramatic contrast of several values hued in pthalo blue with a textured vertical ‘fall’ in white. This series entitled, Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders), which is the translation of the name of the mystic and strong wonder of the World, Victoria Falls. She recently visited the Falls in Zimbabwe, saying that the movement, power and noise from the rush of white water was exhilarating enough to help create this as an abstraction upon her return.

For more information, please visit www.sandraiafrate.com
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Artexpo After Dark: This Thu & Fri, 4-7 PM

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Join us as we kick off the show this year with Artexpo After Dark, sponsored by GE Capital, Bombay Sapphire, Barefoot Wine and Tucker Robbins. Enjoy wine, cocktails and light fare! You’ll have the opportunity to mingle with the artists, enjoy refreshments and be among the first to see this year’s all-new selection of paintings, sculptures, glassworks and more. Cocktail attire is requested, so put on the dog! (Note: Thursday is Trade-only, and Friday is open to the general public.)

Relax and have a seat on elegant, eco-friendly, artisanal furniture by Tucker Robbins. Tucker’s designs are made from extraordinary materials and are worked by hand rather than by machine. Each piece may have a utilitarian function, but it also has a story to tell and draws the eye out as a work of art.

If you’d like to learn more about financing packages to make art and luxury purchases more affordable for your collectors, this is the perfect opportunity. A representative from GE Capital will be on-hand to tell you all about consumer-financing programs that offer you fast and easy financing solutions to help your clients bring home the fine art they love. The Luxury Financing program empowers gallery owners to offer art lovers flexible financing options on a dedicated line of credit. With 6, 12, 18 and even 24 months to pay (without interest), it’s easier than ever for art aficionados to take home the masterpieces they want when they want to.

While you’re mingling, be sure to enjoy cocktails made with Bombay Sapphire’s signature gin. Ordinary gins might boil their botanicals directly in the spirit, but Bombay Sapphire’s one-of-a-kind flavor is created through the Vapour Infusion process. Lemon peel, coriander, grains of paradise and other precious botanicals are held separate from the spirit in perforated copper baskets, and when the heated vapours rise, the distinctive flavor of the botanicals are released. The result? A complex aromatic liquid that delivers a broader, more balanced flavor.

There will be plenty of wine and bubbly on tap too, thanks to Barefoot Wine. Enjoy fine whites, reds and blush while you meet and greet this year’s exhibitors. From Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling, Red Moscato, Merlot, White Zinfandel, Moscato Spumante and more, you’ll find plenty to wet your whistle.

See you after dark!

Mayor Bloomberg Welcomes Artexpo to New York

Click to read Mayor Bloomberg's welcome letter to Artexpo.

We are delighted to announce that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has written us a warm letter, welcoming the Artexpo staff, artists and guests to the city and Pier 92.

Said Bloomberg:

Our unparalleled arts institutions and the many talented artists who live and work here embody the creativity and innovation that defines our City, and that is why we are delighted to lend our support to the Artexpo, the largest fine art trade show in the world.

You can read the full letter here.

Thank you for the warm welcome, Mayor Bloomberg! We hope to see you at Artexpo.

Artwork of the Day: New York Cityscapes, Tibi Hegyesi

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"NYC-117" by Tibi Hegyesi

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “NYC-117,” a 40″x40″ oil painting by Tibi Hegyesi, who will be joining us as a return exhibitor at Artexpo New York 2013 next week.

Tibi Hegyesi is an established visual artist with a Master degree in Fine Arts and visual communication. His works are featured in reputable galleries, art fairs and art magazines from around the world and are on display in numerous private and corporate collections in North America, Europe and the Far East.

Tibi’s artistic distinctiveness lies in his ability to capture the essence of the world around him through vibrantly contemporary visuals of an unseen depth of field and richness of color and a captivating emotional feel.

This year at Artexpo New York, Tibi is launching a brand new collection of cityscape oil paintings as a tribute to the realistic art that brought him fame and acclaim as a young artist. He also brings a few new, large-scale landscape and floral themed paintings done in fused acrylic, the unique painting medium that has become Tibi’s trademark in the latest years.

We look forward to hosting Tibi at Artexpo New York 2013. His art will be on display in Booth 262 in the main Pavilion. You can find out more about his art at tibi.ca.

Artwork of the Day: Expressions, Alexis Silk

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"Expressions" by Artexpo 2013 exhibitor Alexis Silk

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Expressions,” a series of 5 x 10 x 5 hot sculpted blown glass sculptures by Artexpo New York 2013 exhibitor Alexis Silk.

Alexis’ colorful, provocative sculptures are timeless. Working in cast bronze, hot sculpted blown glass and steel, she explores interrelationships of humanity, culture and industry. Her primary subject is the human figure—dynamic or in repose, classical, familiar and rich with meaning. In her works, intrinsic beauty combines with conceptual depth.

One of the leading young sculptors currently working in hot glass, Alexis was born in Seattle in 1983 and moved to Berkeley, California when she was 10 years old. In 2001, she entered the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She quickly identified sculpture as her passion, with a focus in foundry. A student of human form, she learned to combine her close knowledge of anatomy with a passion for fire and an unquenchable thirst for meaning.

Conceptually and artistically, Alexis likes to push the boundaries of what is deemed possible. Her glass figures are sculpted entirely freehand while the glass is piping hot on the end of blowpipe or punty rod. Her largest figures are close to half her body weight and take a team of five or six assistants to handle the glass while she sculpts.

Since receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, Alexis has continued to study with glass masters like Pino Signoretto, Richard Royal and Boyd Sugiki. She’s been working full time as an artist since 2006. Today, her innovative work is displayed in museums, galleries, private collections and fine art shows around the country.

We look forward to sharing her work with you this March at Artexpo New York 2013!

Artwork of the Day: Unanswered Prayers 05, Anna Paola Pizzocaro

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"Unanswered Prayers" by Anna Paola Pizzocaro

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Unanswered Prayers 05” by Artexpo New York 2013 exhibitor Anna Paola Pizzocaro. The New York-based artist’s “Unanswered Prayers” series invites the viewer into a world rich with dreamlike, oceanic images juxtaposed against wildlife, human figures and an urban backdrop.

Waking and dreaming are one in these fine art photography images, which are as surprising and unpredictable as the ocean itself. Jellyfish somersault in an abandoned building as oceanic light filters through the window. Flamingos flock into a room with wine-dark walls and ankle-deep water. A polar bear climbs onto a leather couch to avoid a salty rush of waves. Here’s what Anna has to say about her photographic explorations, and about fine art photography in general:

Today, the manipulation of photographic images is omnipresent in magazines and advertising, in medical imaging, and increasingly in the snapshots of vacations, weddings, and graduations that we email to friends and family and upload to social networking websites. It is not surprising that artists have used these new tools to realize their work and promote reflection on the medium’s past, present and future. Whether imagining alternate realities or reinterpreting classic works of art, artists today are pointing the way toward a new conception of photography as a malleable medium with an exquisitely complex relationship to visual truth.

Anna has an MFA in Art History and Aesthetics from the Sorbonne, along with a post-graduate degree in post-production and animation from the Ensad School of Arts (Ecole National Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris. Upon graduation, she did digital work in commercials and TV for several years and then went on to pursue her art in New York City, where she lives and works today.

We look forward to hosting Anna from March 21-24 this year at Artexpo New York 2013! Until then, feel free to visit her online at www.annapaolapizzocaro.com