Born in San Pedro, California in 1969, Francis DiFronzo has been painting and exhibiting his artwork in the United States for more than thirty years.
"I discovered at a young age that art had the ability to transport me out of my world and into the lives of artists I admired. When I looked at paintings by Andrew Wyeth or Edward Hopper, I felt as though I was momentarily living in the worlds they created. I wanted to do the same thing. I wanted my work to have that power".
After receiving his B.F.A in 1994 from California State University, Fullerton, DiFronzo moved to Philadelphia, PA where he continued his studies in drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There he worked and learned under the guidance of artists Murray Dessner, Jan Baltzell, Sidney Goodman, Vincent Desiderio and Irving Petlin. Di Fronzo earned his M.F.A from the Pennsylvania Academy in 1998, and in 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
"Over the years, I've realized I'm fundamentally a storyteller. Like the artists I admired in my youth, I'm using my paintings to transport my audience into a world that is different than their own".
"I'm drawn to desolate places and bare compositions. My paintings - as stories - are occupied by just a few characters. There is the sky and the Earth, arrowweed and creasote bushes, and perhaps some emblem of human existence... a road, or telephone pole, railcar, automobile, or roadside cafe".
"I use these characters to create the bones of a story, and to imbue the paintings with some sense of mystery. There's just enough to draw you in and to keep you engaged".
Di Fronzo exhibits his painting in New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Fe, NM, Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE.
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