Esther Grillo, American (1942 - )

Esther Grillo
In Esther Grillo's surrealistic body of work, the human form is unified visually through a mix of media, the inventive use of trompe L'oeil as well as physically by high intensity heat. Melted glass, cooper and glaze are fused into frozen images fixed into the encompassing welded steel. Far from minimalist attitudes, the work is inclusive, a dynamic case of multimedia offering multi-message.
Her three dimensional assemblages range in size from the intimate hand held scale, into human proportions and finally expanded to monumental indoor and outdoor installations.

SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2002 "The Monarch Landscape," mural, 'wave shelter,' B. 76th Street, Rockaway, NY
2001 "Esther A. Grillo," Indoor and Outdoor Sculpture and Installations, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ
2000 "The Deep," mural, 'wave shelter,' B. 105th Street, Rockaway Park, NY
1999 "Surf's Up," mural, 'wave shelter,' B. 108th Street, Rockaway Park, NY
1998 "Mythical Cavern," mural, 'wave shelter,' B. 84th Street, Rockaway Park, NY
1990 "The Fallen," 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1990 "Esther Grillo; Her Psyche," Payne Gallery, Moravian College, PA
1988 "Meltdown," Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania State University, PA
1988 "Esther A. Grillo: Installation, Sculpture, Collage, Prints," 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1986 "Narrative Sculpture: Collage and Prints," 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1983 "The Ambiguous Sculptural Image," 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2004-5 "Over the Rainbow," Empire State Park, Fulton Ferry, McLevy Park, Bridgeport, CT
2004 "ARTSplash," RAA, Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Tilden, NY
2002 "Urban Air Forms: Queens," Outdoor Sculture in Forest Park, Queens, NY
2002 "Art Frenzy," Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc., Studio 7 gallery, Fort Tilden, NY
2002 "Remembering," Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc., Studio 7 gallery, Fort Tilden, NY
2001 "Women's Works: A Retrospective of Public Artists in New York City Parks 1967-2001," Arsenal Gallery, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street in Central Park
2001 "Renewal/Change, 19th Annual Outdoor Sculture Show," Empire State Park, Brooklyn, NY
2001 "ARTSplash 2001," RAA, Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Tilden, NY
1994 "Women's Portfolio; Faculty and Alumnae," University College Art Gallery, Fairleigh Dickenson
University, NJ
1993 "Challenging Utopia," 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1991 "From the Streets of New York," Loft Gallery Space, Ikebukuro, Japan

GRANTS, AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS
1999 City Parks Foundation Grant Award
1997 Queens Community Arts Fund, Rockaway Park, Queens, NY
1992 "MTA / Creative Stations," Award

COMMISSIONS AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Brooklyn College Art Collection, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY,
Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania State University, PA

Books:
2002 Best of New York: Impressions in Continuity, First Edition, Sorrell Communications, Inc. p.175
1991 Sculpting Clay, by Leon I. Nigrosh, p.6, illustration

SELECTED LECTURES AND MEDIA INTERVIEWS
1998 NY 1 Cable: "Artists From the Rockaways,"

EDUCATION
1981 MFA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
1977 BFA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

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