Rosaria Vigorito

January 2019

Exhibition: It's in the Eyes

Gallery Reception: Saturday, January 12 | 6pm - 8pm   ( This is a free event, including free parking, and is open to the public. )


It’s in the Eyes, is a contemporary artist’s exploration of the eyes, as the focal point of the portrait, and what they reveal.

At its essence, the face is the first thing we notice in a person.  In turn, artists have, since the early cave drawings, tried to capture a person’s essence, through portraiture.  Essential, though, is the eyes, poetically referred to as the “windows of the soul,” that captivates the artist and the viewer.  Through the eyes, coupled with facial expressions or not, the portrait transcends mere rendering and expresses the universal language of emotions and the soul.


Rosaria Vigorito is an Italian-American, a lesbian, a retired NY lawyer and law librarian professor, and an ovarian cancer survivor, but her calling is that of an artist. She was first aware of that calling at age seven, but then lost sight of it until later on. 

After a long hibernation, she rediscovered her childhood passion for art as an adult. Once reawakened to her innate passion, which she called her second coming out, she studied with various accomplished figurative artists in New York City, and went on to formalize her training by receiving my MFA from the Graduate School of Figurative Arts of the New York Academy of Art, in 2003. 

Among her great master inspirations is Picasso, with his perchance to constant reinvention and bold experimentation. She believes he successfully liberated contemporary artists, like herself, to explore different media, styles and techniques. Her versatility in media, for example, extends to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and digital mixed media collage. 

Further, regardless of medium used, Rosaria also explores different styles and themes, sometimes even simultaneously. With this creative freedom, she subscribes to the philosophy that art serves as a bridge from our primal essence to our higher selves, and, ultimately, to the divine. 


“I subscribe to the philosophy that art serves as a bridge from our primal essence to our higher selves, and to the divine. As such, my ‘aestus,’ or passionate fire, and underlying motivation are to produce works intended to stimulate the senses, provoke emotional responses, elevate the spirit, and address issues dear to me.” 


Rosaria Vigorito
305 308 0433



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