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Diane Rappisi

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Diane Rappisi is an American contemporary realist painter whose work fuses the light and chroma of the Impressionist colorists with the form and structure of the traditional Italian and French academies. She works in pastel, oil, charcoal, and graphite.

Diane trained in the full-time Professional Program at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA, USA. There she deepened her understanding of color, form and anatomy, and discovered her innate love of figure painting. 

Diane is an IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Master Circle member, and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She also is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY, and the Pastel Society of Colorado. Diane’s work has been exhibited at various locations such as the Butler Museum of American Art in Ohio, the National Arts Club in New York City, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Wyoming, the Union League and the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, and Arti et Amicitiae, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has had two solo exhibitions and has won awards in numerous juried shows, including Best in Show at the 2015 PSSW Annual in Grapevine, TX,  and Best in Show at the 2016 Mile High International in Denver, CO. Diane has received other notable awards including those from IAPS’ “Pastelworld” Biennial Juried Show, the Pastel Society of America’s Annual “Enduring Brilliance” exhibition in New York, NY, and the Academic Artists Association in Springfield, MA. Her work resides in private and public collections across the country, and selected pieces have been published for the National Park Service in Glen Echo, MD. 

Diane juried the 2019 Portrait and Figure category of the “Pastel 100” for the Pastel Journal, and is featured in the new hardcover book “Pure Pastel: Contemporary Works by Today’s Top Artists.” In 2017, Diane conducted a workshop tour through 10 cities in Australia and New Zealand. From 2012 through 2016, Diane owned and operated the “The Atelier at Castle Rock” in Colorado, a teaching studio where she painted and offered classes and workshops. She now paints in a private studio and teaches workshops on location. Diane dedicates much of her off time to her position on the Board of Directors of IAPS, and she recently served as the Interim President of Studio Incamminati. 

For more information about Diane, please see her web site at www.rappisiart.com.

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