Ester Pugliese is a Toronto-based artist. A graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Specialized Honours) in painting and drawing, Pugliese is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association Scholarship from the BCI Bank of Italy, and the Humber College Board of Governors Achievement Award with her post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration/Cultural Management. She studied in the BA Fine Art Program at Leeds University (UK), exhibiting at the renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Her works have been acquired by the Donovan Collection, Microsoft and collectors in North America and Europe. Her exhibitions have been featured in the Globe & Mail, Canadian Art Gallery Hop, Artoronto.ca, ArtSync TV and in Now Magazine's and Canadian Art Magazine's Must-See Lists. She has exhibited with Loop Gallery since 2009 and is represented by Gallery 555 in Toronto and Partial Gallery online.
Pugliese's multilayered mixed media paintings utilize a coral reef aesthetic to reimagine Vanitas still life painting with a contemporary sense of immersive space while exploring the irreconcilable nature of our culture's materialistic urges and our desire to protect the natural world.
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Acrylic, soft pastel, oil pastel and carbon pencil on wood panel
10 x 8 inches