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Lived/Active: Florida / Italy      Known for: abstraction

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The following biography was submitted by the artist, June 2005

Born in Itri, Italy, I spent my childhood there until coming to the Bronx, New York, where I grew up and consider home in America.

So lucky ,I am able to return to my roots on a steady basis.

I keep a studio in Itri, had several showings and representation in Italy and in USA as well, including: New York,Iowa,North Carolina,Florida and Georgia .

I have been represented by several Galleries, before moving back to Italy for a time, to pursue my passion to paint and to teach at Universities and to tend to my Olive Grove.

On returning to America I taught at Universities and Colleges in the Winston-Salem-Greensboro Area, where I became a Professor, before finding Paradise in Venice, Florida where I now reside.

Artist Statement

I see the familiar and the known as leading us into the mysterious and the unknown, which is transformative. For instance , a picket fence is homey, but it expresses both barrier and entrance through its gate. If there is drapery, we are drawn to pass into its opening, into the dark empty space.

Literal physical objects are important to me. Even the physicality of the paint is important. The physicality of the paint mimics the physicality of the earth. Then the literal becomes symbolic and the symbolic becomes emotional. It has to reach the level of feeling.

In much of my work there is pathos and grief. They require the literalness of the image to make the feeling felt. Once the literalness of the image has been established, I can distance myself from it to some extent to learn what it means. Any painting is necessarily a self-portrait, expressing what the artist is going through at the time. The greater part is the viewers response, an interpretation which is already informed with a personal history.

'My work begins with the body, the tangible, the sensual.'

The body, however suggested, becomes the metaphor for tansformative reality. The body becomes a landscape and the landscape becomes a ritualized space where emotions move. The outside becomes the inside; the framed, the boundless. Anchored to earth we are endless in our loitering explorations.

The seductive quality of the painting is reminiscent of dream space, a kind of spiritual déjà vu in its familiarity. It lures you into the depths of its successive spaces and then it devours you. Its like Krishna's mouth into which all beings are drawn. As in a sacrament, the humble and the mundane are transformed into the radiance of divinity.
Francesco Agresti


City University of New York, New York, NY, H.H. Lehman College
Master of Fine Art 1977

Bachelor of Fine Arts 1972


Frei Raum - Lohfelden Landkreis, Kassel, Germany
Werke auf Papier

Rathausfoyer Lohfelden - Kassel, Germany
Werke auf Papier

"Roma - New York - Connection", One person show

Community Exhibit Gallery, Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art
Drawings and Sketches, Exhibiting Members
Associated Artists, W-S N C

Associated Artists Gallery
Exhibiting Member Show, Sawtooth Building, W-S NC

Diggs, Winston Salem State University
Fine Arts Faculty Showcase
Curator Belinda Tate

11th Annual Regional Exhibition
The Work of NC Artists
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury NC

University on Northern Iowa Gallery of Art,The College of Education of the University of Northern Iowa " A Question of Faith" (Juror) Eleanor Heartney

Associated Artists Sense of Place , W-S, N.C.

AAWS& Milton Rhodes, W-S, NC
Expressions of Light

Morris Brown College , Atlanta ,Georgia
A&T University Student & Faculty

Arts Council of Winston-Salem
Mayor's Office-City Hall

RJRenolds "Transcending Space & Time"
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem

Rhodes "Personalities"
Associated Artists of NC

Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, FL
NC A&T University, Student/Faculty Show

Dimensions 2000, "The Art of the New Millennium"
35th Annual National Jurored Art Competition, (Juror) Nancy Dahlstrom

YWCA "Grids, Gates, Venus"-
20 Years Retrospective Works Winston-Salem, NC

XI Edizione Del Porticato Gaetano, Gaeta, Italy

Atrium II , Portsmouth, VA
NC A&T University, Student/Faculty

H.C. Taylor , Faculty Show
NC A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

Rhodes, Faculty Show
Sawtooth Art Center, Winston-Salem, NC

J. Paul Sticht Center, One Person Show
Bowman GrayWinston- Salem

Arts Council Boardroom, Group Show
Winston-Salem, NC

Babcock International Management Center
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

United Way Arts Show
Winston-Salem, NC

RJRenolds Sawtooth Visual Arts Center
Winston-Salem, NC

Yonkers Eductional Center,
Yonkers, NY One Person(Curator ) Frank Dituri

Decimo Porticato Gaetano, Castello Angioino, Gaeta, Italy

Assessorato Alla Cultura Comune Di Lenola, Lenola, Italy

Decimo Porticato Gaetano, Castello Angioino, Gaeta, Italy

Sterling Europea, Fondi, Italy

Chiostro San Francesco, Fondi, Italy

West Room, Yonkers, New York
"Maltempo" (One Person) FrankDituri, Curator

Punto Arte, Fondi,(Group) Italy

Assessorato Alla Cultura, Comune di Pescara, Italy

Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY Emerging Artists

PS 1, Long Island City, NY (Group)

H.H. Lehman, "14 Painters", Included David Reed ,Len Bellinger & Sean Scully
City University of New York

H. H. Lehman , Agresti-Bellinger
City University Of New York



Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown NC
Faculty Full Time Associate Professor of Art

2001 - 2002

Winston Salem State University , W-S, NC
Winston Salem Adjunct Faculty

1998 2001

N C A & T State University, Greensboro, NC
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art

1994 1998

Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, NC

1989 1992

University of La Verne, Naples, Italy

1997 1998

Sawtooth Visual Arts Center (Evening Sessions)


Forsyth County Schools (Summer Art Honors Program)

Fall 1997

Forsyth Technical Community College


Exhibiting member, "Associated Artists of Winston-Salem"

Co-chair Exhibiting Member Jury Committee 1997-1999

Exhibiting Jury Committee 1999-2001

Sarasota Associated Artists,Sarasota FL 2003-

Venice Cultural Arts Center ,Venice FL 2003-

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