S T A T E M E N T
We are sheltered in walls like transient skins—durable, yet temporary. They are palimpsests that hold traces of our lives.
Lorena’s most recent work peels back the physical and metaphorical layers of walls through painting. Her work is sensitive, subtle, and sometimes cutting, contending heavily with surface texture and optical illusion to create an alternate world. She reconfigures scenes of the built environment—from memory, reference, and imagination—into meticulous renderings of brick, stucco, and plaster in shallow perspective via oil paint and the occasional juxtaposed construction material. The resulting images confront the mundane: both the beauty and weight it holds.
In an age where human interactions with natural and man-made environments demand critical focus, Lorena’s work is ever observing, excavating, relating, and uncovering.
B A C K G R O U N D
Lorena Sferlazza (b. 1993, Philadelphia) is a multifaceted, abstract-realist painter living and working in Norwalk, Connecticut. She received an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2019 and a dual Honors BA from the College of the Holy Cross in 2015. From 2013-2014, she trained in Florence, Italy, at the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti and Università degli Studi di Firenze, while managing artwork sales for Gonnelli Casa D’Aste. From 2015-2017, she continued in auction as a financial administrator at Sotheby’s in New York City. Lorena left this position to pursue her art full-time on scholarship at PAFA. There, she led undergraduate-level courses in observational painting, color theory, and figure drawing while completing her graduate degree. Her work has since found homes in private collections across Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York City, Vermont, and South Carolina.
Lorena is now growing and expanding her studio practice while continuing to exhibit, sell, and navigate teaching roles in higher education.
E X H I B I T I O N S
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.
R E C O G N I T I O N
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 paintings were most recently published in Create! Magazine’s 15th print edition, curated by Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia.