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Patrizia Vignola is a figurative artist whose work focuses on the human form and deals with issues deriving from the human condition. She is grounded in traditional painting and drawing techniques, however, and often returns to landscape and still-life painting as a means of escape from her figurative work. She moved to Staten Island from Manhattan eight years ago and is relatively new to the Staten Island arts community. Much of her life takes place in Manhattan, and the Staten Island Ferry and New York Harbor are practically daily scenes and part of the reason for her moving here. “Sure, the ferry system has it faults,” she comments. “But I'd much rather enjoy a lovely free ferry ride than commuting to work by transferring from subway to subway and spending the 45 minutes or so entirely underground!" Vignola maintains a studio at Snug Harbor Cultural Center; it provides her with an abundance of landscape and harbor scenes and a quiet sanctuary in which to create her figurative paintings. She studied drawing and painting techniques of the masters in Florence, Italy, received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art, and has been in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. She teaches classes and workshops based on traditional techniques for college level students or adults and also works as a teaching artist in New York City public schools.
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