Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City, Chicago, Providence, and elsewhere, and is one of the winners of New American Paintings’ 2012 MFA Annual Competition, juried this time by Dominic Molon, chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.


Material Memories

Combining elements of family photos, still lifes, and grand manner portraiture—think of idealized and elite historical subjects depicted life-size and full length—New Jersey native Celeste Rapone’s paintings explore how human behavior, over time, frequently becomes performance as a result of the stereotypes and rituals to which one is exposed. Her oil-on-canvas compositions, often incorporating disposable […]

Read More