| Florence V. Mercolino is primarily known as Florence V Mercolino Graziano
|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|The following is courtesy of Pat Barreras:|
Information from Pebble Beach Gallery, Pebble Beach California, March 10-24
1974 showing of Florence Graziano Mercolino's works.
"It has been said that Florence Graziano is like the eye of a hurricane --such a tremendous store of creative energy lies beneath the calm, relaxed exterior of this painter, sculpture, author and lecturer.
A graduate of Mt. St. Mary's in Watching, New Jersey, Florence Graziano
studied art at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio. Further
training included the Art Students League of New York under Robert Brackman, dean of figurative painters; Robert Beverly Hale--curator of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Roberto De Lamonica; graphics and sculpture; John Hovannes; as well as at the The Cape School of Art under Henry Hensche, Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Her work, which has received many awards has been widely exhibited in
National and International Shows and also in one man shows from coast to
coast including Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Maryland; Bullocks
Wilshire, Los Angeles and Chase Gallery, N.Y.C.
The recipient of Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree by Colorado State
Christian College in 1973, Florence Graziano currently Director--Instructor
of The Graziano School of Fine Arts which she recently opened in her
Plainfield, New Jersey Studio.
A member of American Artists Professional League, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe
Club, NYC. She is listed in Who's Who of American Art, Who's Who of
American Women, Who's who in the Arts and Artists/USA. She is represented
in numerous collections throughout the work and has received many important commissions.
Florence Graziano lives in Plainfield, New Jersey with her husband
Muhlenberg Hospital anesthesiologist Dr., Natale Graziano."
"She has also painted with Henry Hensche of Cape School of Art in
Florence Graziano is one of the 15 artists selected to represent the United
States in the 1971-72 Art Exposition at The Museum of Modern Art, Paris
Note added from Pat Barreras:
Florence offered workshops at her ART Farm located in Flemington, New Jersey (Three Bridges) off US HWY 202 on River Road and Railroad Ave.
"Florence Mercolino Graziano's talents for drawing were recognized at a very early age. At five years old when she started school, her teachers
recognized her ability to draw easily. By the time she was seven years old
she was painting in watercolor and pastels. At this time she was also
carving out of Ivory Soap Bars. When she was ten she asked for her first
set of oil paints and has been painting ever since.
In 1971 she was one of the American artists who exhibited at the Salon de la Societe de L'Ecole Francaise at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris. She has written and illustrated children's books. Ms. Graziano has taught art privately in her own art schools since 1962. She started the Art Workshop in Flemington in 1974. In September, 1978 issue of the American Artist Magazine, she was featured writer of the article "The Studio Art Workshop".
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