FRANCIS DI FRONZO
About 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.
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 ...
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
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: MFA
California State University, Fullerton: BFA