I currently live in Atlanta, the city in the forest.
The only thing ATL is missing is a good ski resort. I have so many feelings about skiing.
I asked a really close friend how she would describe me, and she replied, "honest, sincere, and dedicated." Those three principles distill my passion for the truth, not trying to be anyone else and getting stuff done.
I paint energetic works of abstract figurative realism that are about feelings, emotions and thoughts. My art is inspired by how our bodies take thoughts and turn them into action. Underlying this process is an emotional switch between existing circumstance and the resulting consequences of our actions.
I respond to serendipitous marks, and overlay a controlled figure. in charged mental states and the unseen interior. It's a representation of moments where I struggled to express myself, not having all the language to traverse the divide between thought and word. Painting, transcends muteness, and I use it to showcase that place where everything is all feeling.
Angela Bortone is a Dominican-Italian painter and muralist based in the metro Atlanta region. She is also member of the artist collective Living Melody Collective. Born in the Dominican Republic, she spent nearly a decade abroad in Germany before moving to Atlanta in 2002. Her energetic works of abstract figurative realism are inspired by feelings, emotions and thoughts. Figures coexist with inky splashes that represent swirling subconscious mind.
Bortone earned a BFA in studio art from Georgia State University in 2010. Her work has been exhibited across various venues Atlanta including Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, MINT Gallery, and Whitespace Gallery and across the US. She has painted murals for the Marietta Museum of Art, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and even a painted a school bus with Living Melody Collective to promote voter engagement as a mobile civic inspiration machine.