Rachel Citrino

Contact Information


Phone: 856-305-4810


Globe Dye Works/Studio B102 4500 Worth Street Philadelphia, PA 19124


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Painting/Mixed Media

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

A notably active visual artist and independent curator for over fifty years, I have exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the USA and abroad. I am an autodidactic artist who has won awards and citations from the City of Philadelphia, as well as the City of Florence, Italy. I was awarded residencies in S. Stefano in Sessanio, Abruzzi; in Scarlino, Tuscany and the Vermont Studio School, USA.

Artist's Statement

My line is primal. I admire Cy Twombly's the commitment to origins, the playful freedom of Paul Klee and the spiritual underpinnings of Kandinsky. My lines are achieved by projecting myself  into the essentialness of the individual line and imagining the first line ever drawn. The line has to be felt and followed.

Much of my work is a direct reflection of, response to, and re-working of images from our ancient past . Inspirations come from prehistory, early belief systems, pictographs and impulse graffiti.

I want to merge the seemingly indecipherable history of the obscure past with my own sensual and emotional responses to it as I study and learn about human nature. In both the content  and process of my art, I am interested in the global layering of time and history, of painting and drawing and of various meanings and associations. My art places itself in the context of the history of civilization as well as the process-oriented aspects of Abstract Expressionism.

I am also interested in illuminating the process of writing through line based compositions, often inspired by the almost universal linear forms of handwriting or the complexity of weavings.

Subtle narratives that lay beneath the surface of an image are revealed to my imagination as they are to the mind of the viewer.

The texture of the paper is important. As the ruling pen is dragged across the surface the line takes on an active presence. The geometrics imagine worlds.  

Selected Exhibitions

Celebrating 150 Years, Italian Consulate exhibiting Italian American Artists of Philadelphia

Revisioning the Decameron, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Best of Show

The Curators of Herstory at RRCA, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts,
Millville, NJ
Two-person show with Liz Nicklus

Galleria Commune Scarlino, Grossetto, Italy

Citrino/Sivin, Paper/Clay, The Clay College, Millville, NJ

Confluence: Adams, Citrino, Garfield, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
A Philagrafika 2010 Independent Project

Photography 29, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Particular/Peculiar a Portfolio, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Print Love In, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2009 and before

Block Party, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ

From My Window, Smile Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Othello, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Davinci Group Invitational, The Enclaves Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The F Word, Smile Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Gardens And Rivers, Bartram’s Gardens, PA

Illumination/Reflection, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Design Philadelphia, Dane Décor, Philadelphia, PA

Terra Incognita, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts , Millville, NJ

Cross Pollination, Bartram’s Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

Myths, Religion, Symbols, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

HSD Gallery Artists, HSD Gallery, Millville, NJ

South Jersey Clay, The Clay College, Millville, NJ

Cut It Out love In, Print Collaborative At Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

The Oyster Plate, The Clay College, Millville, NJ

Mixed Parallels, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Word, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Inherited Memories, HSD Gallery, Millville, NJ

Mixed Media Sculpture And Installation, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Artists of The Clay Studio, University of San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Washington Square Show, Philadelphia Sculptors, Washington, DC

Carnivale al Capodanno Fiorentino, Sala Bruneleschi del Palagio di Parte Guelfa di Firenze, Italia

5to Ciclo de Conferencias y Seminario sobre la Ceramica, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagues, Puerto Rico

Biennale D’arte Contemporanae Di Firenze, Fortezza di Basso, Florence, Italy

Septet, St. Joseph’s University Gallery, PA

Porcelain 2001, Esmay Fine Arts, Rochester, NY

Story of Seven: Fringe Festival, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

Couplets, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Echoes of The Estuary, Folklife Center Gallery, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ

Annual Invitational, Zone One Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art of Pouring, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Identity, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Theories of Relativity, Hopkins House, Camden, NJ

Varieties of Religious Experience, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Istititto Polacca, Rome, Italy

National Museum, Warsaw, Poland

Nuova Galleria Statuto, Florence, Italy

Flags, Pavilion Galleries, Burlington, NJ

WCA At Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

Gold Mail Art International, Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Annual Juried Exhibition, Perkins Center For The Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Contemporary Women Artists of Philadelphia, Brussels, Belgium

Size Isn't Everything, Nexus Foundation For The Emerging Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Invitational, Art Association of Harrisburg, PA

National Women’s History Month Celebration Exhibit, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT

Southern New Jersey Artists, Stedman Art Gallery at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

Gallery IO, Washington, DC

Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA

The Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Woodmere Museum, Germantown, PA

Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

Exhibitions Curated

Artists Of Latin America, The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ

HERSTORY, The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ

Professional Experience

Co-organizer, Monoprint Workshop in Italy with Mauro Corbani and Rachel Citrino

Archivist, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Design Team Committee, City of Bridgeton, Bridgeton, NJ

Co-producer, Vasto Artists Workshops, Abruzzi, Italy

Exhibition Committee, The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ

Mayor’s Task Force, Millville, NJ


Partial List

Galleria Commune Scarlino, Grossetto, Italy

Sextantio, Abruzzi, Italy

Vermont Studio School, Johnson VT

Professional Affiliations

Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia PA

Malia Collective, NYC

Philadelphia Sculptors

Philagrafika 2010

Southern Graphics

Vasto Writers and Artists Retreat, CH Italy



Continuing Education
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA