Gianna Putrino is a 2014 graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego where she received her BFA in studio art. Currently she studies at the New York Academy of Art obtaining her Masters in Fine Arts (2017). She has exhibited her work in group shows and solo exhibitions throughout Broome County and the Southern Tier of New York as well as New York, NY. She is the recipient of the Fredrick R Xlander Emerging Artist Award and has received a 2016 award from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Her work, however has begun to evolve immensely during her time at the New York Academy of Art. Her Interests have transitioned from an exploration into the individual, to that of our society, environment and our human and organic natures.
As an artist in today’s world, I feel that I am faced with a certain responsibility to share my privileged position and voice. My work represents a longing and loving for the natural world, while shedding light on environmental issues. My conceptual interests have transitioned from an exploration into the individual, to that of our society, environment and our human and organic natures. Moving from a more rural environment to New York City has further opened my eyes to humanities overwhelming desires to conquer our landscapes. I have also discovered an overwhelming nostalgia for an imaginary world. I am creating landscapes out of a longing for something that I have not experienced; I am missing environments that I have not been to and cannot exist. My worlds are largely fictional and have evolved into quiet monuments with personal narratives based on my celebration for, and concern for the future of natural environments. My imaginary landscapes play with positive versus negative transitions, flatness versus illusionism, and depicted reality versus portrayed reality. By deleting elements in my paintings I am either creating holes in imagined memories or predicting forsaken futures. They feel like a representation of ideas, emotions, and energy, something beyond human and beyond material. These connections have an energy that flows between all living things, and humans are as much a part of this connection as are the mountains and the trees.