Gemma’s representational floral paintings are a celebration of color, light and form. Her compositions joyfully exhibit formal aesthetic elements. By adeptly employing soft pastels, she energizes the painting with a luminous and vibrant color palette that transforms the formal foundation into an exciting and dynamic rendering. The work evokes the life-affirming beauty inherent in the natural world, and reveal what is extraordinary in the familiar. Ultimately, it’s not the subject matter that compels her to create paintings. The tone, the gesture, color, light, scale and composition, are what continue to absorb and inspire her.
In her most recent series of circular compositions, the work has evolved to embrace a more abstract aesthetic. This graphic interpretation of florals is still embedded with the formal elements found in her representational work. The spherical compositions complement the organic subject matter, and provide a cohesive motif, while employing Gemma’s skillful use of an intense and playful color palette.
A family of artists contributed to Gemma’s early interest in art. Her grandmother, mother and father all attended Cooper Union for art. Her mother was a painter and her father, Thomas Di Grazia was a published illustrator and painter. Gemma attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and then earned a B.F.A. from Hunter College. She furthered her studies at S.V.A., Parsons, and the Art Students League of New York where she studied under David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw.
Di Grazia’s work has been featured at venues including Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY; ArtHamptons International Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY; Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL; and The South Street Gallery in Greenport, NY. Her paintings are held in private collections nationwide and Canada. Di Grazia lives and works in Manhattan. She was awarded a signature membership to The Pastel Society of America in 2004.