(East Gallery) Tom De Vita’s work is about finding a harmony in dissonance. He wants to force multiple “reads” of images and figures, while exploring the deconstruction of their meanings. It is his pursuit to create paintings that appear disjointed and out of context, by juxtaposing overlays of animals and figures to express ambiguous and open-ended narratives.
De Vita embraces the “sea of visual noise”, that is so inherent to our contemporary way of seeing, while preserving his conviction towards painting in the grand tradition of figuration. This harmony in dissonance can been viewed in his exhibition Figuratively Speaking: Paintings & Drawings by Tom De Vita.
A native New Yorker, Tom De Vita is an academically trained artist, and received his Bachelor Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, from St. John’s University, and his Master of Fine Arts from Miami International University of Art & Design. His life has been devoted to developing paintings, portraits, illustrations, and murals for numerous businesses, residences, and private collectors.
A recipient of the Duane Hanson Allied Artist Fellowship, De Vita has had a solo exhibition at The Lee Wagener Art Gallery at The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2013, is The Artist in Residence for the City of Pembroke Pines for 2014-2015, and has been shown in many local and national exhibitions. De Vita has also maintained studios in New York and South Beach for many years. Currently he has opened a new studio and art academy with his wife, Lynda, in Davie, Florida. He is currently a professor of art at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Barry University, and Broward College, teaching painting, drawing, and design.