Line, Color, and Space are elements that I have come to revere not only for their visual properties but as the magical elements I play with every day. Whether with pen and ink or paint on a roller, I am focusing on the magic of the line making connections through time and space.
In the content and process of my work I am interested in what connects ancient meanings to contemporary ideas. I have fun with the visual properties of signs and symbols as they fit into my composition but also how they evoke responses sometimes subliminally.
A new format occurs as drawing merges with painting. Ink lines are drawn freehand with a ruling pen. Fields of color are applied with brush. Broad areas of color applied with roller. All provide a very immediate and sensual experience in the process with a resulting expressiveness that is visceral in that the movements of my hand as extension of my body feels like a dance as I work and my intension to communicate something unutterable is achieved.
Rachel Citrino is a visual artist and independent curator. For over fifty years, Ms. Citrino has exhibited her work in numerous group, and solo exhibitions in the USA and abroad.
As an artist, she utilizes a mixed media approach incorporating painting, drawing, and photography into her work. Rachel has won both awards and citations from the City of Philadelphia, as well as the City of Florence, Italy. She was awarded residencies in S. Stefano in Sessanio (Abruzzo), The studios of Mauro Corbani, Scarlino, Tuscano, and the Vermont Studio School, USA.
Her curatorial abilities have contributed to both city-wide and global exhibitions and workshops, such as Sister Cities, Philadelphia and Florence Exchange, The Ladies of Leonardo, RRCA, Millville, NJ, GLOBAL INTERSECTION 13 at Globe Dye Works.
With Italian artist, Mauro Corbani, she co-organized a Monoprint Workshop in Italy, and served on the Exhibition Committee of The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, and the Mayor’s Task Force, in Millville, NJ. She co-founded Artist/Writers Workshops in Vasto, Italy with an exhibition: United States of Art. Her arts advocacy tendencies began in the early eighties as president of Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter. A former Director of the DaVinci Art Alliance, Rachel currently serves on the Board of Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (FPAFA) in Philadelphia.
A lifelong Philadelphia native, Rachel Citrino now resides in the historical hamlet of Roadstown, NJ. Her home and studio, also located in this idyllic setting, hosts traveling international artists annually.
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Awards & Honors
Galleria Commune Scarlino, Grossetto, Italy
Sextantio, Abruzzi, Italy
Vermont Studio School, Johnson VT
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Co-organizer, Monoprint Workshop in Italy with Mauro Corbani and Rachel Citrino
Archivist, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Design Team Committee, City of Bridgeton, Bridgeton, NJ