Karen Schifano is a painter living and working in NYC. She received a BA in Art History from Swarthmore College, an MFA from Hunter College, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has exhibited widely in this country, Europe, Australia and Japan. Solo venues include Tobey Fine Arts, Melville House and Wagner College in NY. Group exhibitions venues include DC Moore Gallery, Deanna Evans Projects, Rick Wester Fine Art, the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, PS1 MoMA and CB1 Gallery.  Karen was elected to membership in American Abstract Artists in 2018. 

I think of space as a metaphor for the place where things happen. I create this reading by the use of swooping shapes that can be read as curtains - shapes that reveal and conceal. Immediately, the areas below and behind become activated, ready for the appearance of another shape (or several); another species of existence. These paintings are abstract and yet refer to things we know:  symbols, signs, contours that might be recognizeable. I work intuitively, drawing and painting directly onto the canvas as a composition appears in my mind's eye. I wait until I find a place that feels urgent, compelling, and personally meaningful.