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

Cosima Aryee was born into a large Italian family in beautiful Southern Italy, where she embraced the light, colors, and robust culture. When she was 12 she immigrated to the Chicago area where she currently lives with her husband and 2 sons.

Cosima has had solo and group exhibitions of her work including those held at Highland Park City Hall and College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Illinois. Her art is in many private and public collections around the world including Southern Illinois University. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a double major in painting and drawing. Prior to becoming a full-time artist she enjoyed a successful career in graphic design.

Exhibitions

  • Identity – National Juried Exhibition – Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL – 1/19/2019 – 2/23/2019
  • David Adler Music and Arts Center – 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

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