ARTIST STATEMENT

As I am inspired by my heart and soul, my intention is to create powerful images that bring joy to my collectors and the viewers. I am interested in creating powerful works of art that create a poetic dialogue with the viewer, leading their eyes into a colorful and rhythmic dance. My brushstrokes are spontaneous and instinctive in technique, colorfully depicting the essence of nature’s mystical beauty and light. It is very fulfilling knowing that people feel a connection with my work, that it soothes them.

BIO

Born in Taranto, Italy, Cosima Aryee immigrated to Chicago at the age of twelve. After high school she served in the U.S. Army and then attended the College of Art & Design at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She earned a BFA with a double major in painting and drawing. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she enjoyed a successful career in graphic design and marketing. Cosima has two handsome sons and currently resides in River Grove, Illinois.

Her work has been in group and solo exhibitions including Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art, Dandelion Gallery, Old McHenry Courthouse Art Center, David Adler’s Arts Center, The Art Center Highland Park, Winnetka Community House, the James May Gallery, Oak Park Arts League Gallery, Norris Cultural Arts Center, Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery and the Overland Gallery.

Cosima captures the atmospheric sensations and wonder of the natural world and mystical space in alluring abstract works of art. She imbues her work with a keen sense of dimension and illumination. Her paintings show a fierce, unapologetic journey into discovering the great mystery of our humanity and the artist’s creative calling. Cosima’s warm and thoughtful personality breathes life into her paintings and contributes to the emotional and intellectual engagement that occurs with each viewing. The paintings feel alive and indicative of a thoughtful process of a willingness to take chances!

EXHIBITION HISTORY

Solo Show, Overland Gallery, Harvard, IL 7/6/20 - 9/30/20
Heaven & Hell, Nationally Juried Show – Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL – 8/6/20 - 8/29/20
Guild Member Summer Show, Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery, Elmhurst, IL 7/1/20 - 9/30/20
Solo Show, Prairie Title, Oak Park, IL 6/25/20 - 8/2/20
Honorable Mention Award, Artist of the Year International Contest, Circle Foundation for the Arts 2019
Art in the Shire, Group Show at Shire Law Group, Lincolnshire, IL 3/16/20 - 9/30/20
Solo Show, Elmhurst School District 205 - Administrative Office, Elmhurst, IL 1/21/20 - 3/21/20
Visual Harmony, Nationally Juried, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL 1/11/20 - 2/16/20
Beyond the Surface, Art Makers North Collective, Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery, Elmhurst, IL 1/4/20 - 1/31/20
Ritual and Spirituality, Nationally Juried, The Art Center Highland Park, IL 12/6/19 - 01/4/20
Guild Member Winter Show, Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery, Elmhurst, IL 11/30/19 - 1/3/20
Carriage House Gallery - Member Exhibition, Oak Park, IL 11/5/19 - 12/6/19
Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists: Later Impressions 2019, Juried, Evanston Art Center Gallery, 10/5/19 - 11/3/19
64 ARTS / Buchanan Center for the Arts, Nationally Juried, Monmouth, IL 10/22/2019 - 12/13/2019
10 Year Anniversary Show - Juried, Water Street Studios - Batavia, IL 9/13/2019 - 10/13/2019
Solo Exhibition - Lovelight Healing Center - Grayslake, IL Summer / Fall 2019
The Power of Small Things - Nationally Juried Exhibition - P.A. Fine Arts Center - Port Angeles, WA 17/8/2019 – 29/9/2019
Abstraction Exhibition - North Shore Arts League - Winnetka Community House - ​5/14/2019 - 7/9/2019
2 Person Exhibition - Be Market - 5/1/2019 - 8/31/2019
Solo Exhibition - The Bageler - Chicago, IL 5/6/2019 - 8/30/2019
Beyond the Selfie - Nationally Juried, The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL 3/1/2019 – 4/7/2019
Lake County, Illinois - Regionally Juried Exhibition – Perkowitz Art Studio, Grayslake, IL – 2/4/2019 – 2/22/2019
Identity – Nationally Juried Exhibition – Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL – 1/19/2019 – 2/23/2019
Group Show - David Adler Music and Arts Center Gallery – 1/9/2019 – 1/24/2019
Artist in Residence Solo Show and Demo – Lake Villa District Library – 12/1 – 12/31/2018
Small Works Group Show – Dandelion Gallery 11/2018 – 12/2018
Independent Artist Showcase – Wilmette Park District – 11/5 – 12/20/2018
Holiday Show and Silent Auction Show – Grayslake Heritage Center – 11/2018
Solo Exhibition – KINGSLEY + GINNODO Office Gallery – 8/2018
“Botanicals” – Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery – 8/2018 – Special Merit Award
“Patterns” – Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery – 9/2018 – Golden Portals – Special Merit Award
“Patterns” – Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery – 9/2018 – Golden Portals – Special Recognition
Member Show – Casa Italia Art League Annual Show – 8/2018
Member Show – Dandelion Gallery – 8/2018
Fundraiser /Art Donation Show – Awakening Chicago – 7/2018
Artist in Residence Solo Show and Demo – Lake Villa District Library – 11/2017
“Recent Works” – Juried, Wright Gallery of Art –  10/2017
Highland Park City Hall – Juried, “Art at City Hall” 10/2017 – 3/2018
Curated & juried a local exhibition: “New Beginnings” Round Lake Beach Cultural Center - 12/2016 – 1/2017
Solo Exhibition – Round Lake Beach Cultural Center – 12/2016 – 1/2017

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