Tom De Vita

Tom De Vita is a New York City native, and an academically trained artist. He received his Bachelor Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, from St. John's University, New York, and his Master of Fine Arts from Miami International University of Art & Design, in Miami, with a full-paid tuition grant. He maintained studios in New York, and Miami Beach and now has one at Studio 18, in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

His life has
been devoted to developing paintings, portraits, illustrations, and murals for numerous businesses, residences, and private collectors. He exhibits locally and nationally, and a professor of art at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Barry University, and Broward College, teaching painting, drawing, and design. He also conducts private lessons at his studio, imparting his passion of art onto others.

This exhibition, titled “The Locals”, is inspired by the wonderful and eclectic characters that I have met since moving to South Florida. It is an exploration into the personalities and the symbols that define these people. It reveals a truth that lies beyond the visible surface of the person’s image and resembles them in a more poetic way.

My work is about finding a harmony in dissonance. I want to force multiple "reads" of images and figures, while exploring the deconstruction of their meanings. It is my pursuit to create paintings that appear disjointed, while developing overlays of images in a pastiche of my own personal semiotics. I want to embrace the "sea of visual noise", that is so inherent to our contemporary way of seeing, while preserving my conviction towards painting in the grand tradition of figuration.

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