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Women Artists of Italian Heritage

Artist: Assunta Sera
A Vaulted Glance
Oil on canvas
67 x 60 in.

Assunta Sera - Bio/Artist Statement:

Assunta Sera was born in Ceprano, Italy and came to America when she was eight. She received a BFA at Center for Creative Studies in downtown Detroit in 1980. In 1986, Sera enrolled in the Masters in Fine Arts program at Brooklyn College with a concentration in painting; she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship and completed her studies in 1989. After graduation, Sera established herself in New York with her first studio in Tribeca. During that time she worked as an adjunct professor at New York University, Bloomfield College and Montclair State University.

Sera has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1980. She has had sixteen solo shows at many venues, including Hunterdon Art Museum, Elizabeth Holden Gallery, Louisiana State University, Duncan Gallery, and numerous selected exhibitions. She has been represented by the Michael Ingbar Gallery for the past twenty years. Her subject matter, that began with the personal, has expanded in an outward trajectory to encompass architectural subjects, aerial landscapes, and images of the cosmos. Sera has always worked on the divide between realism and abstraction, encouraging their coexistence by focusing on space, color and light.

Sera was a recipient of two Michigan Council for the Arts grants. RAI International, and Brainard Carey on Yale University Radio interviewed her in 2016.

Artist's Statement

"Un Sognio" is a painting based on a whimsical celestial dream: a dream in which I experienced the sensation of floating above the universe. I used a shaped, asymmetrical canvas to best depict a fragmented state of being. Although my subject matter in the past has been the cosmos and astronomy, this visual was about stars that looked like jewels and a voice telling me to select the jewels I wanted. Imagination played a key component as I used green emeralds to flow on top of other colors.

While endearing to compositions that I've used before, "Un Sognio" presented a new sense of abstracted discovery that occurred during sleep. Bending the shapes to express exploration of space and time, an aesthetic narrative traversed the picture plane and completed a sparkling dream.



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