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Frank Oriti
Cleveland, Ohio

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My work examines the culture of blue-collar, middle-class individuals returning to the hometowns and neighborhoods that they originally attempted to escape. Each portrait reveals the connect and disconnect between suburban landscapes and their residents, while also presenting questions such as "What has my life become?" and "What will everyone think of me now?"

Conveying portraiture against the repetitive quality of the cookie-cutter houses that surrounded this social group is my effort to present the faded memories and faded ideals that are so common with this cyclical experience. The sentiments about this homecoming are represented by facial expressions that mirror a psychological state of ìsettling;î an acceptance that they have come back to a place that they will possibly never leave again.





born: 1983, Parma, Ohio



Ohio University, MFA, 2011
Bowling Green State University, BFA, 2006


selected awards/honors

Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award, Cleveland, Ohio, 2013
Finalist in The Artistís Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition. December 2011
Best in Show, Ohio Art League Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio, 2010


selected publications

American Art Collector. "Portraits of a Generation." Issue 98: December 2013
The New York Times. "Bringing Some of the Rust Belt to Sag Harbor" by Erik Piepenburg. New York, New York: August 16th, 2013
Modern Painters. "The Hit List." July/August 2013
New American Paintings. MFA Annual: Issue 99. The Open Studios Press. April/May 2012


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Homeland, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York, 2013
Return, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 2011
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ohio University Art Gallery, Parma Circle, Athens, Ohio, 2011


selected group shows

Get Real: New American Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, 2014
The New Real, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 2014
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, California, 2014
ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, New York, 2014



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