Sylvia Vigliani

I am an artist and former art teacher living in Riverdale. I have worked in a multitude of media, including relief sculpture, mixed media photography and stillife painting.

My education and teaching experience led me to develop a passion for Classical art. My love of travel brings me back to themes and images in antiquity. Most of my works are inspired by these locations which I have photographed while visiting.

While my work is informed by a love of culture, past and present, I seek ideal forms as they exist in nature, the human figure and the man-made world. Through the sculptural forms I represent, there is a strong sense of layering, of revealing images beneath the surface in a fascination with archeology as it suggests traces of previous life, and offers clues to our distant past.

Having earned a BA in Fine Art from Brandeis University, and two postgraduate degrees in Arts and Humanities from NYU, I pursued my combined career as an artist and an art teacher. Aside from formal degree work in the U.S., I spent six years working and studying in Italy, England and Germany. I was a sculpture student at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Torino, and subsequently earned a residency in Pietrasanta at the Sem Ghelardini Marble Laboratory. I also completed two artist residencies in photography in the Burren, Ireland and the Instituto di Santa Reparata in Florence. Upon returning to the U.S., I earned sculpture residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Master Workshop at Southampton College. I subsequently completed further studies in painting at the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League.