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Amy by Kerry Simmons, Graphite on Paper, 13x15
Group Exhibition
March 30 - April 28, 2017
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 30, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
Featured Artists


Patt Baldino, Ryan Chapman, Paula Craioveanu, Kristy Gordon, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Sari Mallow, Iliya Mirochnik, Michael O'Sullivan, William Reed, Kerry Simmons, Dori Spector and Leah Yerpe.
Dacia Gallery cordially invites you to Spiritu Vivae. This exhibition embodies an eclectic mix of contemporary artists that focus on representational art through painting and drawing. The collection contains a mosaic of work through a life long study of anatomy, depth, color and light through the unique vision of each artist. From renowned representational artists, Kristy Gordon to classically influenced Iliya Mirochnik and rising stars Paula Craioveanu and Kerry Simmons. Fusing together an achievement of what is currently being created in representational art at the peak of a new movement by inspiring artists. Come celebrate with us and meet some of today’s most intriguing artists.
To see images from the exhibition scroll down.

Patt Baldino: started her art career in the NYC high school of Art & Design and went on to earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. She has also studied fine art at the Art Student League, the National Academy of Fine Art and The Grand Central Academy. Patt’s paintings are in several galleries throughout the country. She has won several awards and has her paintings shown in top international shows.

Ryan Chapman: Is an illustrator and fine artist based in Collinsville, CT. He studied Illustration in a wide variety of media including oil, watercolor, and digital at the University of Hartford in CT where he received his BFA in fine art. Since then he has participated in group exhibitions at the Silpe gallery in CT, and at the Galleria di Palazzo Vagnotti in Cortona, Italy. He also worked as a painter and animator on the fully hand painted animated feature film, “Loving Vincent (2017).” His work was most recently included among the finalists in the 2016 international ARC salon. Ryan paints primarily in oil, and while spending most of his time painting still life and landscape scenes from life, his studio work is primarily figurative.

Paula Craioveanu: Born in Bucharest, trained in New York and Bucharest, Paula Craioveanu presently lives and works in Bucharest and New York City. A graduate of the University of Architecture of Bucharest, (2000), Paula also holds, a PhD. in Visual Arts from the University of Fine Arts, Bucharest (2013). Her art uses various media from painting on canvas, to digital photography and graphics. In all her work, the viewer can recognize her personal style and passion for beauty and freedom of expression. Paula Craioveanu’s works have been featured in shows in numerous galleries and are part of art collections in Europe and the US. Her paintings are actually the result of personal searches, lessons and stages she has went through.

Kristy Gordon’s: paintings are a frank and intimate reflection of her curiosity about other people, transformations and self-discovery. She has exhibited her work internationally with solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Her awards include Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants (2010, 2013 and 2015), finalist placement in the 2013 Kingston Prize, and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014). Kristy has been widely featured in magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Bravo!’s Star Portraits. Gordon holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), and a diploma in animation from Algonquin college (Ottawa). Her paintings hang in more than 500 collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern’s: work is informed by a love of art historical images, and our contemporary culture of technology and fashion.  The central theme of the work is based upon a duality– the coexistence of old and familiar with ever emerging new material that challenges and assimilates established concepts. This manifests in the paintings as a blending of images, which often takes on a surrealistic quality. In accordance with the elaborate manner of both high, painterly tradition and couture, each painting is visually captivating, lush, and seductive –with impactful color, sparkly textures, and surfaces. After the initial impact, the viewer is invited to uncover other levels of recognizable material or motifs that help to build a narrative or thematic description. The element of discovery is very important to the success of the work and connection to the viewer experience. Lisa received her BFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design, with a concentration in surface design and textiles. After serving for numerous years as an executive designer for The Polo Ralph Lauren Home Collection, she went on to receive her MFA in painting from New Jersey City University. Her work has been widely exhibited in numerous one solo and group juried shows in the tristate area, as well as Chicago, Illinois.  She has been featured inPoets and Artists, FreshPaint and Studio Visit Magazines, and has won numerous awards, including a 2016 Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) residency at Mana Contemporary Fine Art, and a 2007 Geraldine Dodge Fellowship.

Sari Mallow: Is self-taught artist that has recently taken workshops and classes at The Arts Students League, The Dacia Gallery, The Art School at The Old Church and Rockland Center for the Arts along with private instruction from Artist Robert Glasiek. For the past five years she has been studying sculpture in Nyack, NY with Debra Flocco.

Iliya Mirochnik: Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s with his family. From a young age Iliya pursued training in the arts. In 2013, he completed his studies in St. Petersburg, Russia in the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting. In his paintings he aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. He has been recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and awards both in the United States and in Russia, winning the “First Place” award in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Iliya was recently selected to develop his design for a public monument for Iconbay Residences in Miami, Florida in collaboration with The Related Group architecture firm. Iliya lives in New York where he paints and teaches.

Michael O'Sullivan: Born in Ireland and studied art in Minneapolis, and continued with workshops in Sibiu, Romania, St. Petersburg, Russia, Burgundy and New York. He is currently based in Minneapolis and Canada, and is also involved with Canadian independent film.

William Reed: Born in Berkley, CA. He studied at the Ashland Academy of Art, and pursued landscape painting and illustration. He is influenced by George Innes, Isaasc Levitan and Whistler. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY where he paints colorful visions of cityscapes. William currently attended the Dacia Gallery Artist Residency to further pursue his artistic education.

Kerry Simmons: was born in 1976 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She began a formal study of fine art at the age of eighteen at the Academy of Fine Art in Kiev, Ukraine. Her enthusiasm for the nineteenth century academic model led her to pursue a degree in Russian language and literature as preparation for further study in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Imperial Academy of Arts, widely considered the finest art academy in the former Soviet Union. Later, her passion to continue learning led her to the New York Academy of Art, where she was able to enrich her work through a rigorous study of anatomy and classical techniques.Her work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and she continues to experiment with new media and techniques while remaining committed to the long-standing tradition of tightly controlled draftsmanship and technical proficiency. Kerry lives and works in New York.

Dori Spector: enjoys working “Plein Air”. Along with her figurative and still life work, all paintings are done directly from life with an occasional reference from photo.  Her inspiration for landscape painting comes from a farm just a few miles from her Pennsylvania home. She has been painting the lush fields and grazing meadows of “Ardrossan Farm” for over 20 years, and has had several solo show on the subject. The farm has provided the artist with a plethora of ideas about how to paint landscape in a way to capture the beauty of the land and yet preserve the memory of what residents in the area know and love. Ms. Spector continues to draw and paint daily form life being inspired by the changing world around her.  She especially is driven to paint seasonal flowers.  She also enjoys printmaking, which she has been doing the last 20 years where she works as a shop assistant at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Still trying to refine her skills Ms. Spector takes workshops at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and Grand Central Academy in New York.

Leah Yerpe: was born and raised in upstate New York where she began her artistic pursuits studying the natural world.  She received a BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Fredonia in 2007 and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2009.  Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries, museums, and art fairs, and discussed in publications including The Paris Review, PMc Magazine, and Visual Overture. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artwork by Patt Baldino Artwork by Kristy Gordon Artwork by Ryan Chapman Artwork by Paula Craioveanu Artwork by Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern Artwork by Kerry Simmons Artwork by Dori Spector Artwork by Leah Yerpe Artwork by Iliya Mirochnik Artwork by Michael O'Sullivan Artwork by Shari Mallow Artwork by William Reed