Sophie Infarinato is a painter from Upstate New York. She will graduate in May 2021 with her Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and a minor in Art History from SUNY Oswego. In her exploration of different mediums during her undergraduate studies, she quickly fell in love with oil painting. Her work is representational and inspired by people and places in her life. Sophie has exhibited her work in multiple juried shows, received the Dean's Writing Award for Art History in 2020, and the Grant Arnold Award in 2020. Sophie also recently received a Student Scholarly Creative Activity Grant for which she is creating a body of work that she will show at an upcoming solo exhibition. After graduation, Sophie plans to use what she's been taught at Oswego to continue her art practice, apply to shows and residencies, attend painting workshops and work in the arts to gain experience. She also wants to further her education and develop her work in a Master's in Fine Arts in Painting program in the near future.
I view my work as an extension of myself. I am inspired by past artists like Pierre Bonnard and John Singer-Sargent, as well as contemporary artists like Zoey Frank and Jennifer Packer. My paintings explore my everyday life, relationships, and emotions through the act of oil painting. I work representationally and use a direct method of painting by building up, scraping away, and applying more paint to construct what I see through my personal temperament and individual experience. I do not go looking for subject matter or setting up scenes to paint. Instead, I find inspiration for my paintings simply by engaging with my family and friends and living my life outside of the studio with eyes wide open. Although my work begins as a celebration of the inherent beauty of the natural world, my paintings often employ fragmentation, exclusion of detail, distortion, and exaggeration of color and form in order to express my emotional intent most effectively to the viewer.