Lorena Sferlazza (b. 1993, Philadelphia) is a painter from Norwalk, Connecticut, and recent MFA graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Lorena earned a dual Honors BA in 2015 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. During this time, she studied for a year in Florence, Italy, at the Università degli Studi di Firenze and the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti. She worked as a financial administrator at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York City prior to graduate studies and has since led undergraduate-level courses in color theory, figuration, observational painting, and drawing.
Lorena has exhibited in solo and group shows across the Northeast and abroad, namely in: New York City at Anna Zorina Gallery and Sotheby’s Auction House; Philadelphia at Twenty-Two Gallery, the FMC Tower, Cherry Street Pier, The Plastic Club, and the Museum Galleries at PAFA; Worcester at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery and ArtsWorcester; and Follonica, Italy, in conjunction with the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti.
Lorena has received a Merit Scholarship Award from PAFA, the Whitney Smith Gift Fund Artist Grant from Holy Cross, the Charles A. Dana Scholarship from Holy Cross, a Northeastern U.S. Gold Portfolio Award from Scholastic, Inc., and the Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship from Kevin’s Fund. Her work was most recently published in Create! Magazine’s 15th print edition, curated by Philadelphia’s Paradigm Gallery.
Lorena currently works in the greater New York City area and frequently travels between Philadelphia and Connecticut.
We are sheltered in walls as we are housed in the skins of our bodies. Lorena Sferlazza’s paintings peel back and probe how urban facades absorb the burden of trauma in scars, carried and repossessed through generations. In this age of the Anthropocene, where human interactions with natural and man-made environments demand critical focus, Sferlazza’s paintings exist as architectural palimpsests that have battled erosion and forcible affliction. Tactile and tangible yet distant and bruised, they make the struggle of transience palpable in their resilience against decay.