Francis Di Fronzo Resume

The large–scale landscape paintings of Francis Di Fronzo, nuanced in both color and composition, portray the natural world with a sense of romance and mystery. The artist received his graduate degree at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and his work is reminiscent of the regionalist style of Andrew Wyeth. Di Fronzo’s beginnings as a realist are perfectly showcased in his impeccable approach to the light of the sky, the leafy trees, and drifting boats that inhabit his paintings; and he creates these poetic landscapes purely from his imagination.

Di Fronzo works with a “comb brush”, of his own design, comprised of 60-80 individual hairs attached to a wooden stick. Using this comb, he creates images of open fields and rolling hills by tapping the hairs onto a toned panel. After many layers, the result is an infinite expanse of individual blades of grass, rich in tone, detail, and hue. Di Fronzo says of his method, “Now I understand that this technique really isn’t painting at all. It is, if anything, nothing more than a chant – me sitting on the floor like a monk, mindlessly tapping a landscape and an entire world into existence.”

Born in San Pedro, California in 1969, he received his B.F.A at the University of California, Fullerton. He then came east to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he earned his M.F.A. in 1998. In 2004 Di Fronzo was awarded the very selective Pew Fellowship, an honor granted to only four painters every four years, as well as the Stobbart Foundation Fellowship in the Arts Award in 1998 and the Liquitex Art in America University Award in 1993.

EDUCATION
1998 MFA, Painting. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1994 BFA, Painting. California State University, Fullerton

EXHIBITIONS
Storytellers, Francis di Fronzo & Victoria Wyeth, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2018
The Half-life of Dreams (Part 2), Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE, 2018
Wintertide, The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2017
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

ARTICLES/PUBLICATIONS
“The Space Within”, American Art Collector, August, 2009
“Open Spaces”, American Artist, Winter, 2009
“Dreaming the Possible”, American Art Collector, April, 2008
“Francis Di Fronzo”, Town & Country Living, April, 2007
“Making Their Mark: Three to Watch”, Fine Art Connoisseur, June, 2007

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