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Stephen Rotella

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20121013001737-boys_giclee
The Boys, 2010 Oil on Canvas 24 In. X 30 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121013002244-berryfarmsunrise
Berry Farm Sunrise, 2011 Oil on Canvas 24 In. X 36 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121013002630-nextgeneration
The Next Generation, 2010 Oil on Canvas Board 9 In. X 12 In. © Stephen Rotella
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At Last!, 2012 Oil on Canvas Board 11 In. X 14 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121013003509-17-miledrive
Seventeen-Mile Drive, 2008 Oil on Canvas Board 11 In. X 14 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121013003350-valley
Struggle in the San Joaquin Valley, 2009 Oil on Canvas 18 In. X 24 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121013003630-annadale
Annadale Drive, 2009 Oil on Canvas 18 In. X 24 In. © Stephen Rotella
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Rural Values, 2010 Oil on Canvas 16 In. X 20 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121013004106-strengththatonlycomesfromalifetimeoflabor
Strength That Only Comes From a Lifetime of Labor, 2012 Oil on Canvas 10 In. X 36 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121013004447-lewisdrive
Lewis Drive, 2012 Oil on Canvas 30 In. X 36 In. © Stephen Rotella
20121129052411-self_portrait
Self-Portrait, 2012 Oil on Canvas 11 In. X 14 In.
20121204185250-photo-8
Let Your Yes Be Yes, 2012 Oil on Canvas 24 In. X 42 In.
20121211175947-a_day_of_rest
A Day of Rest, 2012 Oil on Canvas 18 In. X 39 In.
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
California
Lives in
Fresno County
Works in
Camarillo
Schools
Reedley College, 2010, AA in General Studies
university of southern mississippi, 2010
California State University Channel Islands, 2012, BA in Studio Art
Tags
realism, traditional, digital
About the Artist

ARTIST STATEMENT

“Get a life worth living, and then paint your autobiography.” An artist I deeply respect passed on those words to me, and so I paint those things that are part of my life and that keep my work honest -- small-town life and its values.

 I have found that those familiar with that lifestyle are proud of their experience, while those who are not still very much admire the idea of less complicated living associated with a more rural way of life. For this reason, my work has the ability to appeal to a broad group of people.

 The old masters, who shaped classical painting, worked in oils.  In order to carry on their tradition, I too use oils as my working medium. Stylistically, I enjoy the absoluteness that comes with representational art versus the relativity of abstraction.  However, allowing some visible brushstrokes and colors characteristic of impressionism helps further distance my paintings from photography. Combining all these methods is the means by which I can best create paintings that bring scenes of age-old living to a new-age world. 

Stephen Rotella
2012

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Fine artist Stephen Rotella limns a portrait of small-town living and the values associated with it. He received training in both painting and illustration from California State University, Channel Islands, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art in 2012.

Rotella studied under painter Jack Reilly and is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Ventura Harbor Village Gallery Merit Award and Best of Show at the Fresno County Fair Art Exhibit. After studying abroad in France and Italy, Rotella’s passion for representational art was revitalized.

His works can be found in private collections along the Western United States and Italy and have been featured in exhibitions at the Paris American Academy in Paris, France, the Palm Gallery in Camarillo, California, and online in Artist Portfolio Magazine

Rotella, 23, splits his time between Fresno and Ventura counties.

 

RESUME

EDUCATION      

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHANNEL ISLANDS, Camarillo, CA        2012

   Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

REEDLEY COLLEGE, Reedley, California                                                                   2010

   Associate of Arts in General Studies                                                           

 GROUP  EXHIBITIONS  

FRESNO COUNTY FAIR ART EXHIBIT, Fresno, California                          2000-2012

PARIS AMERICAN ACADEMY, Paris, France                                                          2012

CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS, Camarillo, California                                              2011-2012

   “CSUCI Student Show”

PALM GALLERY, Camarillo, California                                                                       2012

   “Hooked on the Nineties: Back in the Game”

   “Wish You Were Here: Paintings From Abroad”

VENTURA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, Ventura, California                                     2012

   “Metamorphosis”

VENTURA VILLAGE HARBOR GALLERY, Ventura, California                              2012

LIGHT, SPACE, & TIME ONLINE GALLERY,  Online                                              2011

   “Countryside Art Exhibition”

 

                                                                               PUBLISHED WORKS

ARTIST PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE, ISSUE 2, Pg. 56                                        April 2011

   Farmer’s Plight, 18” x 24”, Oil on Canvas

DREAMS OF THE IMAGINATION, Volume 1, Pg. 118                            September 2001

   Michael Jordan, 8 1/2” x 11”, Graphite on Paper             

                                     

HONORS & AWARDS 

 

  • First Place: Fresno County Fair Art Exhibit     2012
  • Merit Award, Painting: Ventura Harbor Village Gallery                                          2012
  • Special Recognition: Countryside Art Exhibition                                                     2011
  • First Place, Figure Drawing: CSUCI Student Art Show                                          2011
  • Honorable Mention: Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue 2                                           2011
  • Second Place: Fresno County Fair Art Exhibit                                                         2010
  • Best of Show: Reedley Fiesta Art Exhibit                                                                2010
  • Bank of America English Scholarship                                                                      2008                  
  • Best of Show: Fresno County Fair Art Exhibit                                                        2006                     
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                                                                                   ASSOCIATIONS 

  • VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY                                                       2012
  • ALLIANCE OF CALIFORNIA ARTISTS                                                             2001

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICE  

REEDLEY MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, Reedley, CA

  • Led backdrop painting for Vacation Bible School                                                     2010
  • Created cityscape backdrop for stage                                                                        2010
  • Assembled sets pieces for annual Christmas performance                                        2006