Lorena Sferlazza is an ambitious emerging artist completing her MFA in May 2019 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, PA. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Norwalk, CT, Lorena earned a dual Honors BA in Visual Arts and Italian in 2015 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She spent her junior year in full cultural immersion in Florence, Italy, studying painting, drawing, and Renaissance architectural history at the Università degli Studi di Firenze and the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (LABA), while living with a host family, cataloguing for Gonnelli Auction House, and assistant teaching undergraduate studio courses. After graduating from Holy Cross, Lorena worked at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York City for two years as a front-of-house sale administrator, facilitating buyer payments, collections, shipments, and resale documentation of all department auctions hosted onsite. Her professional experience in auction, research, and teaching led her to commit to her own artistic practice at PAFA.
Lorena’s most recent paintings construct and manipulate traces of urban decay to probe weathered traumas and temporality. She has exhibited regionally in the Northeast and abroad in Italy, and her professional experience has been affiliated with the below listed institutions.
Lorena currently lives and works in Philadelphia and often travels through New York City and New England.