Fay Sciarra

After my mother’s death from ovarian cancer in the early 1990’s, I decided to follow her suggestion to paint. I’d never taken an art class, but I minored in Art History, and as a television producer, I knew how to frame an interesting shot and tell a visual story. To my astonishment, paintings flowed easily from my hand. I’d found my calling,… and people started to ask to buy my work.

At first, my subject matter was a pictorial diary of domestic life, imaginary interiors, and whimsical scenarios I would dream up. My style was naive, bold, meticulously detailed with a flattened perspective. I found my teachers in Frida Kahlo, Joan Brown, Chagall and Matisse. Over the years, my love of flea markets and antique stores influenced my art. I started painting on washboards, ironing boards, and vintage windows and doors. I collected lace, wallpaper, sheet music, clock faces, buttons, and more. I discovered glue and epoxy. About half my work now is collage and assemblage and it evolves spontaneously like jazz. I look to Robert Rahway Zakanitch, Niki de Saint Phalle and Betye Saar on this path.

Sciarra’s work has been shown nationally in such galleries as Frank Miele in New York City, The Pringle Gallery and Sande Webster in Philadelphia, The Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, South Wharf Gallery in Nantucket, Barbara Miller in Cincinnati, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Raw Style, Santa Monica, CA, Go For Baroque, Princeton. Her work was most recently exhibited in Santa Fe at The Edge Gallery on Canyon Road, and Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY.  In 2009 she opened her own gallery and home furnishings shop called Umbrella, at The Tomato Factory in Hopewell, NJ.

Sciarra has also had numerous solo shows locally including at The Princeton Arts Council, Stuart Country Day, The Chapin School, and Princeton Day School. She is 56 years old, married, with two sons and a dog named Georgia. (for O’keeffe) They, as well as her studio and bathtubs, often appear in her work.


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