Deconstructed Shell N.1


Artist Statement

What fascinates me about painting is the opportunity to explore the interaction of structure, color and accidents as a way of learning about my own rational and emotional being.

As a mathematician I find beauty in structure. Structure in a painting is the underlying order, the organizing principle which makes a coherent entity out the painting's visual elements - forms, negative and positive shapes, light and dark patterns, lines etc. It would be a purely intellectual exercise if it were not for color and the uncertainties introduced into the process by the particularities of the medium.

Self Portrait N.7

Color introduces an emotional element into the painting, expressing moods and feelings. The interaction with the medium brings an element of randomness and chance, which allows for the expression of the unconscious. It is that part that eludes the control of the rational mind that reveals itself in the presence of accidents. When a visual idea struggles its way into reality by way of interacting with the many limitations and possibilities of the medium, it allows for the serendipitous expression of the unconscious.

I find the cubist approach a powerful methodology for inquiring about the underlying structure that exists in nature. I work primarily in oil because of its extraordinary versatility and its vibrant colors. My favorite subjects are still lives and models which inhabit a world of intense energy and colors. Painting allows me to reach a balance between spontaneity and control.

La Caraffa di Luisa


Education and Residencies

Jul 2000

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Visual Artist Fellowship

Oct 1999 - Jun 2000

Taking the Leap, Emeryville, CA
Teachers: Jan Camp, Cay Lang
Juried practicum for visual artists

Jul 1999

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Visual Artist juried residency

1987 - 1999

U.C. Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, CA
Studio art classes

1986 - 1987

U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley,CA
Fulbright scholarship in Economics


University of Padua, Italy
Graduated Summa cum Laude in Mathematics


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Nov 2000

"Mind and Body"
Oil on canvas
East Bay MUD, Oakland, CA

Jun 2000

"Gallery Walk"
Iris prints on paper
EmeryStation, Emeryville, CA

May 2000

"Recycled Invitations"
Mixed media on paper
Parma, Pozzi & Partners, Milan, Italy

Sep 1999

"Recent Works"
Oil paintings and installation
Belcher Studios Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Jul 1999

"The Vermont Project"
Three series - oil on paper
Leonhardi Investment Management, Portsmouth, NH


Selected Group Exhibitions

Nov 2000

"2000 Juried Annual"
ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Juror: Larry Rinder
Curator contemporary art
Whitney Museum, NY

May 2000

"Spring, Millennium Group Show"
Lindenberg Gallery, New York, NY

Apr 2000

"Bay Area Figurative 2000"
SomARTS Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Jan 2000

"Times 10"
Group show of 10 emerging Bay Area artists
Bucci's Restaurant, Emeryville, CA

Jan 2000

"Gifts for the 21st Century"
Group Show
SOHO20 Gallery, New York, NY


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