BIO:

Franco Pellegrino was born and raised in the Berkshires. He attended the Fine Arts Program at BCC, and continued his studies at the Art Institute of Boston. He studied under David Novak and watercolorist, Jack Flynn. Pellegrino has won numerous awards for his work in the New England area. He has worked on wooden landscape reliefs and hanging constructions, utilizing various mediums such as: tar, plaster, torch-work, metal and textured wrappings. Primarily, Pellegrino is a painter, working on various surfaces including large-scale drawings in mixed media.

SHOWS:

2011: Featured artist (renewal) NAACO Gallery, North Adams, MA

2010: Group Show, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA

2009: Group Show, Lauren Clark Fine Art, Housatonic, MA

2008: Featured artist, Good Earth Part I, Central Gallery, Old Saybrook, CT

2008: Group Show, Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown, RI

2008: Group Show, Galleria Moderne, Berkshires, MA

2007: Group Show, Le Petite Muse @ Wild Sage, Pittsfield, MA

2004: Gallery at 49, NYC

2001: Two-man Show, Berkshire Artisans, Pittsfield, MA

1997: Miami Art Expo at the Miami Convention Ctr., FL

1996: One-man show, Westenberg Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

1993: One-man show, including sculpture, Westenberg Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

1990: One-man show, Cambridge Gallery, Worcester, MA

1986: Simon’s Rock of Bard College, One-man show, Great Barrington, MA

1982: One-man show, Birch Mt. Gallery, So. Egremont, MA

1979: One-man show, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

1979: Group Show, McIvor-Reddie Gallery, Boston, MA

1978: Show, Jasper Galleries, NYC

REPRESENTATION:

2008-present: Lauren Clark Fine Art, Housatonic, MA

1987-1988: Represented by Ariel Gallery, Soho, NYC

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I have been painting for more than 30 years and have always tried to develop my work with honesty and integrity, first and foremost. Life’s situations…its highs and lows, are the true source of inspiration for my paintings. As long as I am alive and have the capacity to acknowledge true feelings, I have the necessary palette to continue to produce and record my reactions and feelings toward the events that occur around me. I have always considered myself a true landscape painter: intimately observing and understanding nature’s changes and varied temperament. The past few years have marked my return to landscape painting with a new perspective and a deeper understanding of my environment.  Living in the Berkshires, as well as traveling to familiar and unique environments, each with their own abrupt and questionable changes in mood, light and hue provide me with continual and infinite inspiration. I believe my work is immediately engaging, offering an innate sense of resolution and perception of the gift of light and its relationship to time…