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international painting annual 2 exhibition-in-print
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Donna Festa
West Grove, Pennsylvania

Delaware County Community College,
Adjunct Professor


pages 83-84

detail image


We wear our lives on our faces.  These portraits of people I've known or who have caught my eye each tell a story in their own quiet way.

Using oil on wood, each painting is made quickly, in one sitting, in order to keep the loose, fresh quality of a sketch.  The size is intentionally small in purposeful contrast with the greedy, loud and overstuffed society reflected directly in much contemporary art of recent decades.  I am attached in a visceral way to the fluidity of oil paint and the nuanced textural and lighting effects it facilitates, as well as traditions in portrait painting, although I am effected, in my attempts to capture glimpses of complex characters by the post-Freudian dissolution of the self in the age of virtual reality.


born: 1960, Vineland, New Jersey


University of Hartford, MFA, 1996
University of the Arts, BFA, 1989
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Certificate, 1987


selected awards/honors

Purchase Prize, State Museum of Pennsylvania, 2011


selected publications

INPA-1, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011
New American Paintings, volume 51, 2004


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, CT, 1997


selected group shows

Grey Matter, The Painting Center, New York, NY, 2011
Intimacy, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Il., 2011
Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA., 2011
Bowery Gallery, New York, NY., 2010



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