Francesca Marina, born 1988, is a modern romantic painter based in Stanfordville, NY. Her work is done mainly in oils and charcoal on a very smooth off-white ground. This technique simulates watercolor, but creates a greater depth of transparency and prismatic color.
The cyclical nature of life, specifically in the form of a journey, is Francesca Marina’s dominant theme. Purposeful movement can be found in almost all of her paintings, as the subjects travel either towards or away from an often-unidentified point. The paintings convey the inequality of power between the landscape and its inhabitants. The natural world is presented as an impassive constant, a great entity unchanged by the passage of man. The juxtaposition of permanence and itinerancy, solidity and frailty emphasize a continuous cycle in the human condition, the idea that we are not so far from the humans of the past, and our lives are not as linear as modern attitudes suggest. The vulnerability of the figure within its surroundings is not negative, but rather a comforting reminder of the things that remain unchanged.
Francesca Marina’s strong interests of the 19th century military history are evident in her works. The military theme lends itself to geographic change; a movement only capable by man on foot or horseback. This made for long and arduous journey with imminent death during winter months.
This subject matter is significantly different from that of most modern painters, but offers a refreshing contrast to hyper-modernity by reaffirming the presence of the past. The practice of Francesca's work is representative painting that is neither minimalist nor surrealist, but modern romantic.
2011 Pratt Institute Full Circle Award
2008 Pratt Institute Merit Scholarship Award
2006 Dean’s List, Savannah College of Art and Design
2006 The Artistic Scholarship Award from The Savannah College of Art and Design
2006 Eric Kunitz Memorial Art Scholarship
2006 Church of Regeneration Scholarship Award
2006 Osofsky, Depreter Art Scholarship Award
2011 Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting, Cum Laude Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY USA
Winter/Spring 2010 The Central Saint Martins College of Art London, UK
2006-2007 Attended The Savannah College and Art and Design Savannah, GA USA
2006 Received an Advanced Regents Diploma from Stissing Mountain Pine Plains, NY USA
FALL 2004/FALL2005 Attended Mill Street Loft School of Art for Poughkeepsie, NY USA
Summer 2002 Attended The Wendy Schuster Art Studio Tivoli, NY USA
2012, May, Lower the Heavens, Solo Show, Ghost Army Gallery, Bangall NY
2011, July/August, Summer Salvation II, Group Show, Ghost Army Gallery, Bangall NY
2011, June/July/August, Pratt Institute Summer Invitational Showcase, Pratt Institute Brooklyn NY
2011, April, Ubiquitous Magazine, Group Show, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
2011, April, Pratt Harlem Project, 2280 Frederick Douglas BLVD, New York NY
2011,February, “Battleships Boys and Baggage” Group Show, BFA Show Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
2011, January, “DiaMetriC” Group Show, 263 Bowery, New York NY
2010, December, Ubiquitous Magazine, Group Show, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2010 September, Fall for Art, Group Show, located at NEST Millerton, NY
2010, September, Dutchess County Art East Studio Tour 6030 Route 82 Stanfordville, NY
2010, August, The Wassaic Project, 19 Furnace Bank Rd Wassaic, NY
2010 July, The YOUTH AT WAR Group Show 6030 Route 82 Stanfordville, NY
2009 August, Summer Salvation Show 6030 Route 82 Stanfordville, NY
2006 Mill Street Loft Alumni Auction Poughkeepsie, NY
2005 Congressman John Sweeney’s Art Exhibition Catskill, NY