Frank Oriti was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his B.F.A. in Two-Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University and returned to his hometown shortly after. For the next year and a half he worked at one of Cleveland’s steel mills and continued painting in his spare time. In the fall of 2008, Oriti headed to Ohio University where he began figure and still life paintings inspired by his past experience in the blue-collar work force. He graduated with his M.F.A. in Painting in 2011.
In 2013, a jury selected him for inclusion to “New American Painters”, and subsequently, he was placed on “Modern Painters” infamous “hit list”; won First Prize, for an emerging artist in the Cleveland Art Prize, and a month later, his first solo show in NY, “HOMELAND” was reviewed by the NY Times. Soon after, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine created a video interview with Frank. His work is currently being reviewed by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In addition, Frank is one of eight artists currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville exhibition, “Get Real: New American Painting.”
Frank Oriti hails from the blue-collar suburbs of Cleveland and his subject matter never strays far from this backyard. His figures in these paintings are all people he knows who come from similar working class backgrounds so they are in a sense, self-portraits. Their expressions portray one of settling, of having gone away and now returned and the subsequent anticlimactic reality that there may never again be a home leaving.
They carry the weight of not having the opportunity to escape the lost American ideal. Frank’s backgrounds show an attempt to white out this mundane suburban existence, the failed American dream. These paintings speak volumes to the unsettling times in which we live, and leave us with more questions than answers. Frank’s expressive faces believe the expression “no place like home.”