Lorena Sferlazza (b. 1993) is an ambitious emerging artist completing her MFA in May 2019 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, Lorena earned a dual Honors BA in Visual Arts and Italian from the College of the Holy Cross in 2015 and studied for a year in Florence, Italy, at the Università degli Studi di Firenze and the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti. Lorena later worked at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York City as a client-facing post sale administrator before graduate studies and assistant teaching at PAFA. Lorena has been honored to receive 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.
A painter at heart, Lorena’s latest series re-presents traces of urban decay and tactile walled facades like skins of a body, probing the histories these man-made constructs absorb against the natural world. Lorena has exhibited across the Northeast and abroad, namely in: New York City at Anna Zorina Gallery and Sotheby’s Auction House; Philadelphia at the FMC Tower, Cherry Street Pier, The Plastic Club, and the Museum Galleries at PAFA; Worcester, Massachusetts, at ArtsWorcester and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery; and Follonica, Italy, in conjunction with the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti. Lorena currently works between Philadelphia and New York City and has been affiliated with the below listed institutions.
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