The New York Optimist
Eva Rorandelli
Artist Statement


Looking towards mass media advertising, fashion, and the surplus
of images that surround us, my work investigates contemporary
perceptions of identity by questioning what is "real" as the world
becomes increasingly artificial due to technological advances and
the development of new moral and social infrastructures. Although
my paintings feature figures that are often larger than life and
appear frozen in awkward positions, they are not intended as
subjects in a traditional sense. Rather, they are merely spatial
elements of movement and stillness that extend from autonomous
living backgrounds. In this regard my work reflects a female
perception of reality; the figures' presences question the validity of
their role as subjects, their gaze questioning ours.
My paintings explore the relationship between imagination and
reality and critique the emphasis in today's society of appearance
over essence. The use of fashion as inspiration becomes merely an
act of remaking and revising previously successful object/symbols
celebrated by society—it is a way to emphasize the transformation
and metamorphosis of the era we live in. Playing with traditional
techniques and themes, and the contrast of collaged materials,
resins, and the chemical adhesion of pigment to cloth, the physical
nature of the textile becomes a hybrid form of chemical imbalance
that parallels the development of today's foundation-altering
technologies (such as nanorobotics and artificial life) and their
imminent implications for the fabric of human consciousness.
 

Education
• Masters Degree in Restoration and Conservation of Cultural
Heritage, Florence Italy

• Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence Italy


Additional studies include advanced study in painting at the New
York Academy of Arts, Woodstock

School of Art, Vermont Studio Center, New York Studio School,
Art Students League of New York,

and the Art Institute of Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Solo Exhibitions
2008
Logos Galleria d'Arte e Design, Roma, Italia


Judith Sloan Gallery, New York, USA

2007
Pearl Gallery, New York, USA

2005
Mission Street Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2002
Tuscan Landscapes, Galleria Giona, Chappaqua, New York, USA

2001
Oggi Gallery, New York, USA

1999
Art Students League, New York, USA

1998
Galleria Giona, Chappaqua, New York, USA


Clearwater Beach Aquarium, Tampa, Florida, USA


Group Exhibitions
2008
Galerie 26, Paris, France


Fiera Internazionale dell'Arte di Roma, Roma, Italia


Premio Internazionale di Pittura e Grafica, Galleria Arte Citta
Amica, Torino, Italia


Premio OpenArt 2008, Roma, Italia

2007
Chiostro di Villa Vogel, Firenze, Italia

2006
En Plein Air, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California,
USA


Weave Gallery, Sacramento, California, USA

2005
Galleria Il Ponte, San Francisco, California, USA

2004
Extemporanea, Stazione Leopolda, Firenze, Italia

2002
Variazione di Stati, Trapani, Italia


Disturbi Contemporanei, Firenze, Italia

2001
Grand Street Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2000
Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA


Grand Street Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA


X-rays, Art Institute of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

1999
Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, New York, USA


Streets, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

1994
Esposizione in Onore di Ottone Rosai, Galleria Via Larga, Firenze,
Italia


Fellowships and Awards
2006
Best in Show Award, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, California,
USA

2004
Glass Casting Workshop, Pilchuck Glass School, Washington, USA

2002
Artist in Residence, Arte Utile, Sicilia, Italia

2001
Fellowship, New York Studio School, New York, USA

2000
Fellowship, Art Institute of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Full-fellowship Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center,
Vermont, USA

1999
Full-fellowship Artist in Residence, Woodstock School of Art, New
York, USA


Fellowship, New York Academy of Arts, New York, USA


Teaching Experience
Florence University of the Arts, Florence, Italy, Summer 2007 -
present

Accademia Riaci, Florence, Italy, Spring 2007

Palo Alto Art Center, California, USA, Fall 2005 - Winter 2006

Centro Arte Il Ponte, San Francisco California, USA, Summer 2003
- Winter 2006


Bibliography
Lombardi, Valeria S., Testo Critico, 29-10-08



"Premio Internazionale di Pittura 2008,"

Exhibition catalog, Galleria Arte Città Amica, Torino, 26-04-2008



Reich, Edward, "Subliminal Figurations: When Everything is
Artificial, the Invisible is Real,"

Exhibition catalog, Judith Sloan Gallery, New York, 20-06-2008



Barone, Stefania, "Polvere di Stelle,"

Feature news broadcast, RAI 1, 11-01-2008



Micalizzi, Nuccia, "Premio OpenArt 2008,"

Exhibition catalog, Roma, 11-01-2008



Anthony, Brendan, "Eva Rorandelli: Subliminal Figurations,"

Exhibition catalog, Pearl Gallery New York, 15-09-2007



Ruysch, Anna, "En Plein Air at the Sebastapol Center for the Arts,"

Sebastapol Times, 14-05-2006



Scorsone, Vinny, "Palazzo Riccio, si inaugura 'Variazione di Stati,'"

Guida Città Trapani, 28-08-2002



M.A., "Giovani artisti svelano degrado: Finite i lavori'"

La Repubblica, 31-01-2002



Eastman, Rico, "International visiting artists raise cultural
awareness,"

Santa Fe Sun, 15-07-2000



Gilbert, Phyllis, "Four in Fellowship: Art blooms in the woods for
Woodstock School of Art grant winners,"

Woodstock Times, 27-05-1999

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Electroshock
Installation view
Disturbi Contemporanei, Firenze, Italia
Acrylic on canvas, 2x3m each, 2002
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