Rachel Citrino,1942 USA. Her work is about color, pattern and symbols. She has been living and working in Southern New Jersey for almost thirty five years. A notably active visual artist and independent curator for over fifty years in the TriState Arts community, she has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the USA and abroad.
She has been making art and other things since she was a young child. Artist father, Ralph Citrino (1910-1948), was a local painter of architectural portraits. She was encouraged as a child and attended classes at Fleisher Art Memorial then during high school at night for several years. She was divorced in 1976 with four children virtually on her own. She eventually returned to her studio work and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she spent summers painting with Jimmy Leuders and sculpture with Tony Greenwood. Although she spent many years teaching herself art history and theory as well as composition and color. She valued the history and exciting inspiration of "the Academy" now PAFA.
She has won awards and citations from the City of Philadelphia as well as the City of Florence, Italy, and has been awarded residencies in S. Stefano in Sessanio, Abruzzo; in Scarlino, Tuscany and the Vermont Studio School, USA. She was awarded the Lucy Glick Prize at the Fellowship PAFA 2020. Her work is represented in private and public collections internationally and most recently DISSOLUTION OF A GREAT NATION, 2019, and LADY MADONNA, 2023 were acquired by FPAFA COLLECTION.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2022
FELLOWSHIP OF PAFA ANNUAL EXHIBITION at GROSS McCLEAF GALLERY in Center City, Philadelphia!
CUMBERLAND COUNTY INNOVATION CENTER, Millville, NJ
SUNSHINE ON MY LEFT SHOULDER, Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION curated by Rebecca O'Leary at Hot Bed Gallery, Philadelphia
STROBE SIGNATURE ARTISTS, RRCA, Millville, NJ
Studio Relocation Project from Philadelphia to Roadstown
Acquisition of MARQUEE, etched intaglio monoprint, 2010, by Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Solo at Gryphon Café in Fishtown.
Rail Park Fundraiser curated by Bridgette Myer
Members Exhibition at PPAC
Painting Center, NYC
NEITHER HERE NOR THERE Gallery 50, Bridgeton, NJ
National Juried Annual, Attleboro Museum of Art, Attleboro, MA
Bivalve Arts Center, Bivalve, NJ
Selections from CFEVA's Members, Bebe Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain, Chelsea, NY
Grass Is Greener, Artspace 1241, Philadelphia, PA
SIX, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia Curator: Barbara Sosson
International Juried Exhibit, Frederick, MD
POPE UP, Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia , PA Curator: Leslie Kaufman
GLOBAL INTERSECTIONS, CURATED BY RACHEL CITRINOI GLOBAL INTERSECTION 13
, Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia, PA
Water On The Wall, House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Ladies of Leonardo, RRCA, Millville, NJ
Celebrating 150 Years, Italian Consulate exhibiting Italian-American Artists of Philadelphia
Revisioning the Decameron, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (Best of Show Award)
The Curators of Herstory at RRCA, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts,
Galleria Commune Scarlino, Grossetto, Italy
Citrino/Sivin, Paper/Clay, The Clay College, Millville, NJ
Confluence: Adams, Citrino, Garfield, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Photography 29, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Particular/Peculiar a Portfolio, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Print Love In, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Block Party, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ
From My Window, Smile Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Othello, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Artists Of Latin America, The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ
HERSTORY, The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ
Co-organizer, Monoprint Workshop in Italy with Mauro Corbani
Archivist, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia
Design Team Committee, City of Bridgeton, Bridgeton, NJ
Co-producer, Vasto Artists Workshops, Abruzzi, Italy
Exhibition Committee, The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ
Mayor’s Task Force, Millville, NJ
Malia Collective, NYC
Vasto Writers and Artists Retreat, CH Italy
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Line, Color, and Space are elements that I have come to venerate not only for their visual properties but as the magical elements with which I play every day. Whether with pen and ink or paint on a roller, I focus on the magic of the line making connections through time and space.
In the content and process of my work I am interested in what connects ancient meanings to contemporary ideas. I have fun with the visual properties of signs, and symbols as they fit into my composition but also how they evoke responses subliminally.
A new structure occurs as drawing merges with painting. Ink lines are drawn freehand with a ruling pen. Fields of color are applied with roller. All provide a very immediate and sensual experience in the process with a resulting expressiveness that is visceral. The movement of my hands as extensions of my body feel like a dance as I work. My intention to communicate something unutterable is achieved.
In the midst of a global pandemic, the efforts to rid our country of fascism in 2020; the promise of a justice system in disrepair In 2021; and a world reeling with new virus strains, I greet you and wish you good health.
In 2018 I made the decision to relocate my studio to a building on my property in New Jersey about 45min. south of Philadelphia, PA and 20 min. east of Wilmington, DE, also 50 min. west of Strathmere Beach, NJ. I designed the renovation and in March 2021 SPROUTS AND LADDERS completed construction. YAY!
HOLD THAT PARTY
I connected with Daniel Cartier, a talented young artist, who became an invaluable studio assist with all the final rearranging and operations moving forward. We had high hopes for a fun celebration in my spanking new digs and, with no warning, plans had to halt. We were in a pandemic. The world was in a pandemic and as Americans we were the last to know.
So for more than a year we have had to lay low.
Never mind the shut down and the solitude I am a studio artist. I took full advantage of not being obligated to go anywhere. I had a full roll of Arches Cold Press and went to work with sweet abandon. It was more like play.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
As an active Board member, I participated in the 2020 PAFA Fellowship Annual. It was juried by Rebecca McCleary. PAFA Fellowship Show — HOT•BED www.hotbedphilly.com › pafa-fellowship-show
My beautifully framed (IRWIN FRAMING) 50x45 acrylic on paper titled “DAWN”, won the Lucy Glick Award.
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Rhoda Rosenberg & Rachel Citrino Works on Paper. Works on Paper is the third virtual exhibit curated by Barbara Sosson and site design by Mostafa Darwish.. To be directed to the Virtual Gallery please click the link above.
I was then offered a solo show at Perkins in Collingswood. It was a very difficult decision but I had just completed a new body of upbeat and hopeful works and was eager to share. I showed 10 large works on paper to about 10 masked and distanced visitors. Solo Exhibition - "Sunshine On My Left Shoulder" by Rachel ...
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Nov 22, 2020 · Collingswood Gallery November 22, 2020 through January 14, 2021 Artist’s Reception on Saturday, December 12, 2020 5:00 – 8:00 PM Rachel Citrino is a contemporary artist and independent curator. Her works reflect the past, present and future. Many of the new works concentrate on one particular color and were completed during quarantine for COVID-19. Virtual Exhibition.
A YELLOW CHAIR INTERVIEW with Curator, Sharon Keifer was produced by STROBE. A virtual show was made available.
Enjoy the interview here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PXTfWoGVMQ
BACK AT MY VILLA ROADSTOWN STUDIO….
I am at work on a new series now. Large works on paper. Posting progress along the way. Because COVID still holds us hostage we are complying with all safety rules.
We hope to have a video tour available. September we will invite visitors by appointment always complying with CDC guidelines.
Wear a mask because you are a decent human being. Get vaccinated for the same humanitarian reasons.
THE 2021 FELLOWSHIP OF PAFA ANNUAL EXHIBITION at GROSS McCLEAF GALLERY in Center City, Philadelphia!! Opening Reception Friday, November 5th! Special thanks to Rebecca Segall, Juror, and Gallery Owner and Director! BE THERE!!!!
A HUGE NOTE OF GRATITUDE for our esteemed president: Barbara Sosson for the tireless work of directing and maintaining PAFA FELLOWSHIP as we move forward with a growing membership and a robust future for our mission of artists helping artists. https://fellowshippafa.org/