Philomena Marano

artist artwork
Using bold graphic forms that collide with lyrical line in vibrant color, Philomena infuses personal history within images of urban and popular culture. These cut paper compositions are at once inspired by a lifelong relationship with Coney Island, Marano’s ‘urban paradise,’ and the experience of working as an assistant to Robert Indiana on maquettes for a Bicentennial project for the Santa Fe Opera. It was at Indiana’s Bowery studio in NYC that she honed her cut paper skills, which eventually became her primary medium.

Marano continues to explore the cut out technique and currently has a giant three dimensional paper lollypop installed inside the Coney Island subway terminal. This work pays homage to a vanished candy stand and at the same time is a salute to pop art.

Other recent exhibits include; 22nd International Juried Show at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey,“Bridge as Icon,”Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. and the “Small Works Invitational,” Prince Street Gallery in New York. A graduate of Pratt Institute, School of Fine Arts her work is included in numerous corporate & private collections: Chase Bank, The Museum of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

As co-founder of the “Coney island Hysterical Society,” she is featured in Charles Denson’s book, “CONEY ISLAND LOST and FOUND,” in the chapter.
“Artists Renaissance of the 80’s.”