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FRANCIS DI FRONZO

  
  
  
  

FRANCIS DI FRONZO

The distinctive paintings of Francis Di Fronzo, portray the natural world with a sense of romance and mystery. It is also said that his work presents an uncomfortable mix of nostalgia and lamentation of the post-industrial American landscape. Adding further complexity to the diverse interpretations of his work, he blurs the line between truth and fiction by using trompe l’oeil techniques. He creates visual illusions to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as three-dimensional to reveal a convincing perspective of an imagined place.

Francis Di Fronzo's pensive paintings are rife with both unseen and deeply felt forces: seemingly paradoxical impulses that are integral to his work. Though quite a few of Di Fronzo's paintings contain recognizably western elements, he's just as influenced by the east coast as the west ...

The Human Touch in an Empty World
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Born in California, Di Fronzo received his BFA at the University of California, Fullerton, before moving to Philadelphia to attain a Master's degree at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Di Fronzo transforms the ephemera of American landscapes into visions of unwavering intensity, convincing us that even the most unassuming territory is never as straightforward as it initially appears. Eschewing nostalgia and ornamentation, Di Fronzo makes deceptively, marvelously complex work that allows us to see more and further than we thought we could.

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS

Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Painting, 2004
Stobart Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, 1998
Liquitex/Art in America University Award, 1993

EXHIBITIONS

The Half-Life of Dreams, EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, 2016
Monochromatic, EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2015
The Earth’s Sharp Edge (part 5) Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE, 2015
The Earth’s Sharp Edge (part 4) EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2014
The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2014
Points of View EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2013
Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE, 2013
The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2012
The Earth’s Sharp Edge (part 2) EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2011
Inland Empire, EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2009
Recent Works, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE, 2008
The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE, 2006
The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2005

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: MFA

California State University, Fullerton: BFA

Available Work


The Stand
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 31 x 41inquiry
At Quarry Road, part 2
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 32 x 72inquiry
Francis Di Fronzo, The Motel, part 1
The Motel, part 1
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 31 x 41inquiry
At Sunset, part 3
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 34 x 50inquiry
Where Are We Now, part 3
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 34 x 50inquiry

Archive: Sold


Francis Di Fronzo, At Twilight
At Twilight
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 32 x 72
Francis Di Fronzo, Coupled part 1
Coupled part 1
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 35 x 50
Francis Di Fronzo, Heroes and Ghosts
Heroes and Ghosts
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 31 x 49
Francis Di Fronzo, Drifting Floating, part 5
Drifting Floating, part 5
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 24 x 72
Francis Di Fronzo, Last Chance
Last Chance
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 24 x 49
Francis Di Fronzo, Nothing Starts Tomorrow, part 7
Nothing Starts Tomorrow, part 7
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 32 x 66
Francis Di Fronzo, Roys, Dawn
Roys, Dawn
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 30 x 60
Francis Di Fronzo, Rivals, part 2
Rivals, part 2
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 31 x 49
Francis Di Fronzo, The Prospector, part 7
The Prospector, part 7
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 30 x 60
Francis Di Fronzo, The Night is Always Falling, part 1
The Night is Always Falling, part 1
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 30 x 40
Francis Di Fronzo, The Valley of Shadow, part 1
The Valley of Shadow, part 1
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 32 x 72
Francis Di Fronzo, Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 30 x 62
Francis Di Fronzo, You Are The Sea
You Are The Sea
oil over watercolor and gouache on panel, 19 x 62
View Installation
ASYLUM 2014