RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)
Andrea Allegrone moved to RI for her BFA in Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and moved to Illinois for her MFA in Painting. Painting has always been a favorite choice of expression.
Andrea has shown in various places some including: Chelsea, NY; Manhattan, Sacramento; Chicago, Beaumont, TX; Ewing, NJ; Winston-Salem, NC; Lenox, MA; Providence, RI; Jacksonville, and Norfolk, VA to Jekyll Island, GA. She is beginning to show her paintings internationally. She placed with a Prize of Excellence, Award of Distinction at Art Addiction's 2007 Medial Biennial and will exhibit in the Biennale Chianciano 2009. Her art has appeared in several international juried publications and has a cover painting of the hardcover 2003 edition of New Art International. Allegrone's last solo exhibition, Environments, was in Norfolk, VA from April 12-May 24th 2008.
Ironically, Allegrone has been described as "self-taught" in New Art International. Allegrone believes that an artist is born with the talent and possesses the drive and energy necessary to create. Several have called Andrea's abstract works "raw" yet raw and naive translates to "unschooled" /traditionally untrained or basically "unaware." Consequently, Pseudo-Raw is the movement that Andrea Allegrone calls her own.
Through successive paint layers, I suggest tangible concepts with abstract formations. The malleability of abstraction inspires me. These painted shapes or atmospheric "environments" incorporate more than the association of the title. Why is this shape in this particular location of the canvas? How does it affect the viewer individually? Does this creation evoke more than one idea or representational image? It is ultimately the unknown which influences my art whether it is romantic, pop, pseudo-raw, abstract expressionist, or a synthesis of these movements. I often incorporate cyclical themes with varying stages of destruction and rebirth. Toxic environments also influence the art. Overall, unfamiliar realms of life and of the subconscious drive my desire to paint. This is enhanced by an element of surprise regarding exactly how the paint will dry.