Darla Barolini

category: Visual, Visual-Illustration,

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Artist Statement

In the book Ways of Seeing John Berger makes a comparison between ‘the nude’, as depicted in traditional European art works, to ‘nakedness’ as in being wholly oneself in the most absolute form. I am particularly interested in this concept and I try to push myself to make portraits that reveal the inner traits of a person and ask the viewer who is this person? Do you know them? Perhaps it’s you? I like art works that gently or unassumingly draw you in and then perhaps reflect back to you shared feelings and experiences.

Educational Background

  • New York Academy of Art --Current M.F.A. 2018
  • Manhattanville College; B.F.A. 2014
  • Kansai Gadai University; semester abroad, 2012
  • Cooper Union; outreach pre-college program; 2010
  • Hastings High School; Diploma 2010
  • NY State Summer School for the Arts; June 2008 and 2009

  • Scholastic Young Artists & Writers Awards; Awarded two regional Gold Keys in painting; 2010
  • Tracy Rowell Memorial; Scholarship toward study in Art & Education; 2010
  • Rivertowns Arts; Scholarship toward study in Visual Arts; 2010
  • NASA: Life and Work on the Moon International Art Competition; Honorable Mention; 2009
  • Manhattanville College; Fine Arts Scholarship; 2010-2014
  • Gilman International Scholarship; Study abroad: Art History in Italy; 2011
  • Italian Club of Westchester Community College Scholarship; to study abroad in Italy; 2011
  • Grebstein Memorial Fund Scholarship; First place: Visual Arts Award; 2013
  • David Fagin Fund Scholarship; First place: Visual Arts Award; 2014