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Donna Festa
West Grove, Pennsylvania

Delaware County Community College, Adjunct Professor

pages 89-91


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 publications

New American Paintings, Vol. 51, 2004

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, CT, 1997

selected group shows

Bowery Gallery, NY, NY, 2010
State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA, 2010
Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY, 2009
State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA, 2009

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