ARTIST STATEMENT

My approach to painting involves an exploration of color, movement, depth and contrast. My style is spontaneous and instinctive. I allow the dynamics of color to flow naturally in a way that evokes harmony and balance. My intention is to share a heart-felt energy and evoke an emotional reaction that has a positive impact for the viewer. It is very fulfilling knowing that people feel a connection with their piece, that it soothes them. My major source of inspiration is nature and spirituality; however, not as much in a literal sense as in delving into my innate connection to the divine beauty, love and light.

BIO

Born in Italy, Cosima Aryee immigrated to Chicago at the age of twelve. After high school she served in the U.S. Army and then attended 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.

Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions across Lake County including a solo exhibition at the Round Lake Beach Cultural Center and the KINGSLEY + GINNODO gallery space. In Lake County, Cosima’s work has been shown at the Old McHenry Courthouse Art Center, at the David Adler’s Music and Arts Center, the Highland Park City Hall, Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art and the Dandelion 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 main source of inspiration is nature and spirituality but not in a literal sense as much as in a tapping into one’s innate connection to the divine beauty, love and light. 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
 
The Power of Small Things – National Juried Exhibition – Port Angeles Fine Arts Center – Port Angeles, WA, from 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 Juried Exhibition – The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL 3/1/2019 – 4/7/2019
Lake County Illinois Juried Exhibition – Perkowitz Art Studio, Grayslake, IL – 2/4/2019 – 2/22/2019
Identity – National Juried Exhibition – Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL – 1/19/2019 – 2/23/2019
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 – Grayslake Heritage Center – 11/2018
Silent Auction – Grayslake Arts Alliance – 10/2018
Group Show – Dandelion Gallery – 9/2018
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
Juried Exhibition “Recent Works” – Wright Gallery of Art – (2 pieces) 10/2017
Juried exhibition – Highland Park City Hall – “Art at City Hall” 10/2017 – 3/2018
Curated a juried exhibition: “New Beginnings”Round Lake Beach Cultural Center 12/2016 – 1/2017
Solo Exhibition – Round Lake Beach Cultural Center – 12/2016 – 1/2017

EXHIBITION HISTORY

64 ARTS Exhibition at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL 10/22/2019 – 12/13/2019
10 Year Anniversary – Juried exhibition – 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 – National 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 Juried Exhibition – The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL 3/1/2019 – 4/7/2019
Lake County Illinois Juried Exhibition – Perkowitz Art Studio, Grayslake, IL – 2/4/2019 – 2/22/2019
Identity – National Juried Exhibition – Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL – 1/19/2019 – 2/23/2019
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 – Grayslake Heritage Center – 11/2018
Silent Auction – Grayslake Arts Alliance – 10/2018
Group Show – Dandelion Gallery – 9/2018
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
Juried Exhibition “Recent Works” – Wright Gallery of Art – (2 pieces) 10/2017
Juried Exhibition – Highland Park City Hall – “Art at City Hall” 10/2017 – 3/2018
Self-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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