This is Frank Oriti. Frank is one of the most incredible painters I’ve ever come across in my life. I’m not just saying that because he is part Italian (like me), or went to the same undergraduate school as me, or that he is a fellow Clevelander. Honestly, it was after seeing his ultra-realist portraits of the new working class that really shook me to the core. You can view some of Frank’s work HERE. I met up with Frank in his new studio in Lakewood, OH and we talked about his process, the life of the artist and how the working class struggle is the lifeblood of his work. Frank graduated with his M.F.A. in Painting in 2011. In 2013, Oriti was featured in The New York Times and was also the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award. Recently, his work was featured in the prestigious BP Portrait Award in London’s National Portrait Gallery. He currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.
This episode is sponsored by The Maria Neil Art Project
All original music by:
Ken Wendt D.M.A