Olivia Di Gregorio is an internationally exhibited and published new generation artist in Toronto, having graduated from OCAD University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Design in Illustration, and a minor in Drawing & Painting. Since graduating, Di Gregorio was chosen as a finalist in the Traditional Art category for the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize in 2021, and has exhibited work in international galleries from San Francisco, Denver, South Korea, and the UK. Her paintings have also been published in Supersonic Art, and BOOOOOOOM’s ‘Tomorrow’s Talent’ Vol. II, and Vol. III. This year, she has been invited to participate as a main show exhibitor for IX Art Show in Reading, Pennsylvania, and will be a contributing artist in Casey House’s ‘Art With Heart’ Charity Auction at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario.
Painting in Oil, Olivia Di Gregorio’s imagery reflects multi-states of change and isolation. Her experiences with diaspora as a biracial Canadian of Chinese and Italian heritage, and as a caretaker for those who’ve been physically ill guide her attempts to express wished-for moments of escapism within ethereal planes. Integrating moments of hardship and elements of lingering dangers, Olivia’s paintings allude to the hidden realities within the environment that will shape the subject. Juxtaposing innocence with the chaotic nature of the deconstruction of self as a part of evolvement, we see Di Gregorio’s work depict moments of catastrophe causing the bloom derived from a seed of chaos.
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