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Carina Francioso was born in Ontario, Canada
"I want my paintings to convey the beauty and power of the seas and oceans in all their moments and forms. These different states of water really depict our culture and reflect our daily lives and emotions with all their ebbs and flows. At times our lives are serene, fluid and calm, and other times they are stormy, chaotic and filled with confusion. I strive to highlight and express the vastness of water through my large scale canvases or wood panels as they heighten the memory of the experience and bring it to life. My dream as an artist is to evoke emotion and leave it up to the viewer to have their own personal experience with each piece I create. I have learned that water is life and without it, we wouldn't be here today. Water connects us to nature and connects all of us around the world. I focus on the beauty of water because what we focus on is where our energy flows. By depicting the beauty and magnificence of water I hope to bring about a deeper conversation regarding water conservation and protection." - Carina Francioso
2006 - 2010 BFA, Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Honours List) - Honours Fine Art Major
- Minor in the Italian Language
STUDIO SPECIALIZATION - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
DRAWING AND PAINTING - Queens University Enrichment Program, Kingston, ON
DRAWING TECHNIQUES WITH LAURA URQUHART,
Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON
- composition, patterning, perspective, light and shadow tone gradation
2019 VISIONS, ARCADIA CONTEMPORARY, Pasadena, California, USA
2017 OUT OF THE BOX, ArtsPay, The Walper Hotel, Kitchener, ON
ICAP (Italian-Canadian Archives Project), Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON
2016 COLLIDEOSCOPE: A COLLISION OF ART WORLDS, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2013 MAGGIO ARTISTICO, The Italian Cortina Club, Kitchener, ON
2012 BEST OF 2011, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
TALENT NEXT DOOR, Exhibition Showcase, Kitchener, ON
2011 SUNNYSIDE JURIED ART SHOW, Toronto, ON
CUBE GALLERY, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, ON
TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION (TOAE), Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
2010 MAGGIO ARTISTICO, The Italian Cortina Club, Kitchener, ON
RELATIVE PROXIMITY, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON
SYMPOSIUM, University of Guelph, Exchange show, Guelph, ON
SILENT ART AUCTION, The Artery, Kitchener, ON, Fundraiser
BRUSH WITH ART, Solo display, Psychology Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
SELECTED PRIVATE COMMISSIONS/COLLECTORS
Works held in private collections in Canada, U.S.A. and across Europe.
2019 POUCH COVE FOUNDATION ARTIST RESIDENCY AWARD, Newfoundland
2019 ARTS & CULTURAL RECOGNITION AWARD, The City of Cambridge, On.
2018 ARCADIA CONTEMPORARY GALLERY AWARD, Art Renewal Centre, Pasadena, CA
BERNICE ADAMS MEMORIAL VISUAL ARTS AWARD, Cambridge, On.
2012 TALENT NEXT DOOR VOL.2, Honourable Mention – Book of Artists
2011 PRIME PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE), Toronto, On.
CUBE GALLERY, Honorarium Artist, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, On.
2010 TALENT NEXT DOOR VOL.1, Honourable Mention – Book of Artists, Kitchener, On.
DEANS HONOURS LIST, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, On.
2009 PAPER AND PENCIL PRIZE IN DRAWING, University of Waterloo, On.
JOCELYN COWAN ENDOWED AWARD in painting, University of Waterloo, On.
2007 THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN, Academic Scholarship,
• Anthony Robbins - Event Safety Team
• Teaching Assistant, Visual Arts Class, Monsignor Doyle High school, Cambridge, On.
• Maggio Artistico Art Exhibition Committee, Co-Chair
• Children’s Wish Foundation- painter/decorator/muralist, Cambridge, On.
2019 GRAND MAGAZINE, Outdoors Issue, Waterloo Region, On.
AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE, February Issue #106, Editor: Joshua Rose,
page 123. ISBN: 0928102541
AL DI LÀ DEL MARE (Beyond the Sea), Cover & Illustrations, Anna Ciardullo Villapiana,
Publisher: I Rumori dell' Anima, Rome, Italy. ISBN: 9788899116361
2018/19 HYPERREALISM MAGAZINE, ISSUES #4,5,6.
2018 ART RENEWAL CENTER (ARC) 13th International ARC Salon Catalog, co-published by ACC
Art Books (formerly Antique Collector's Club), Port Reading, NJ
CAMBRIDGE ARTIST RIDING A WAVE OF SUCCESS by Bill Doucet, Cambridge Times
GRAND MAGAZINE, Arts & Entertainment Issue, Article by Kathryn Storring, Waterloo Region
2016 COLLIDEOSCOPE: A COLLISION OF ART WORLDS, The Toronto Star & Star Touch,
featured works and artists/guests, Toronto, On.
2015 THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF POETRY: AN EMERGING VOICE ON THE
ITALIAN-CANADIAN LITERARY LANDSCAPE, featured artworks, SOLEIL Publishing Inc.
p.337-356, Welland, On.
FRAMMENTI DI LUCE, Cover & Illustrations, Anna Ciardullo Villapiana
Pandora Press, Waterloo, On.
2012 TALENT NEXT DOOR: Cambridge and Guelph (Volume 2)
2010 TALENT NEXT DOOR: Waterloo and Area (Volume 1), Publisher: CreateSpace, Author: Craig
2009 CORRIERE CANADESE, The Canadian Italian Daily Newspaper, Toronto, On.
Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)
Arts Pay, artspay.org
Visual Arts Ontario
Artist Quotes & Thoughts
© 2019 All Artwork Carina Francioso
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