Visual Artist Franki DeSaro (New Jersey, 1993) received a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in spring 2015. She has exhibited internationally in group exhibitions and open studios. DeSaro’s most recent group exhibitions: Sole Luminoso, Salon Concrete Gallery, Red Bank, NJ, Color Fields, Lee O’Neil Gallery, Savannah, GA and Skimming the Surface, Elizabeth Dow Gallery, East Hampton, NY. In 2016 DeSaro created art as healing projects for a non-profit organization in India, with women and children rescued from trafficking. She continues her studio practice in Red Bank, New Jersey.
DeSaro is gaining recognition through her meditative washes of watered down acrylic on raw canvas. She talks about her creative process, stating, “My intimate connection within prayer is similar to a large field of light, wide and open. Each feeling that arrives is a new field slowly fading into one another - creating what feels like the conversations I share in prayer. My prayer transfers into the visual language of painting through my creative process. With pigment, water and raw canvas, fields of colors slowly fade into one another, creating vast spaces of light. I desire to share pure light, gentle light, and powerful light. Even for just a moment, a flicker of light that I myself experience within the quiet.”
Sole Luminoso meaning ‘bright sun’ in Italian represents the quiet, vibrant essence of creation. Subtle, still moments are expressed and experienced through the artists’ eyes, ears and touch. DeSaro gently guides the viewer into her personal experiences of prayer and walks in nature through painting, and the atmosphere of nature, music and dance.