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"Just as symbols read on sheet music are understood as surrogates for the making of sound, we see here new shapes and organization of color, that one may appreciate as sound, including that of the human voice. As a singer classically trained, I sense there the ebb and flow of my own song."
In his acrylic paintings, Robert Ranieri suggests both the density of architecture and open areas, which are at times flooded with warm or cool light. From his training as a classical singer, he imparts to his canvases shapes and organization of color that intentionally mimic sound, especially that of the human voice.
Robert Ranieri was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After receiving his B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art, he spent two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Rome where he studied sculpture, painting, architecture, and art history, as well as opera and oratorio performance.
Photograph of Robert Ranieri. Image courtesy of the artist.
Education and Training
B.F.A., Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1952
Fulbright Scholar, Rome, Italy, 1952-1954
M.F.A., Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1956
Teachers and Influences
Willem de Kooning, painting
David Smith, Sculpture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, music
Connection to Bucks County
Robert Ranieri has lived in Kintnersville, Bucks County since 1969. His home is a converted slaughterhouse.
Major Solo Exhibitions
Albert Loeb Gallery, New York City, NY, 1960-1961
Vanderlip Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1968
Lafayette, College, Easton, PA, 1975
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1976
Phillip Johnson Arts Building, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 1981
Easton Arts Center, Easton, PA, 1983
Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1994
Easton Arts Building, Easton, PA, 1996
Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA, 1996
Major Group Exhibitions
Museum of Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, 1962
Stirmer-Unangst Gallery, New York City, NY, 1982
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA, 1986
41st Annual Art of the Northeast, USA, Silvermine Guild Group Show, Silvermine, CT, 1990
Confluence Show, Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, 1991
Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, 1993
Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA, 1994
The Gallery, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, 1995
The Contemporary Eye, Michener Art Museum, New Hope, PA, 2005
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
The Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Trenton Junior College, Trenton, PA
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PA
Ford Foundation Purchase Grant
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Chrysler Museum, Norfork, VA
Museum of the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Henie-Olstad Museum, Oslo, Norway
Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, VA
Murals, Northampton County Community College, Bethlehem, PA
Architectural Murals, Hartford Square West II, Hartford, CT
Historical Mural, Kaplan Building, Easton, PA
Aluminum Sculptures, Temple University, Philadelphia
Bronze and Aluminum Sculptures, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
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