Biography and Artist Statement
Renee C. DiNapoli, award-winning, professional artist/instructor and former faculty member of Ringling School of Art & Design is noted for her contemporary florals and interior beachfront realism. Renee’s striking oil paintings have received critical acclaim for their high contrast, unusually intense use of color and exquisite detail. Her ability to achieve both impact and delicacy in her paintings attests to her 36 years of training with Italian master and studying at The Louvre in Paris for many years. She has taught at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL as well as Tulane and Loyola Universities in New Orleans, LA. Her graduate study was conducted at The Red Mountain Institute of Art.
Three of her paintings were purchased by the State of Florida and placed in their permanent collection. Renee just completed an oil painting commission for Stallion Boot Company, El Paso, TX. One of her paintings was accepted into the permanent collection Vieques Museum of Fine Art in Puerto Rico. Several of her paintings were juried in international exhibitions at The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Texas, a national exhibition at the Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Raymond James Financial Center, among many others.
Renee recently was awarded a bronze award from Camelback Gallery for the 2021 International Pet Competition.
Having traveled frequently to the Caribbean, she succeeds in imparting a sense of place and mood. Renee’s perspective of the outdoor seaside viewed uniquely from inside gives the viewer a feeling of presence in the scene. Her large floral paintings set her apart from other artists in her contemporary presentation. Oil is Renee’s medium of choice because she can control it and use it best to create the effect of light on her subjects. Her goal is to create beautiful images that glow with light.
Renee was trained at the Red Mountain Fine Art Institute in Mountain Brook, AL.
The turning point in her career began 40 years ago when she trained an Italian master artist. At that point she began to heavily concentrate on her craft.
She is a former faculty member of Ringling School of Art and Design as well as Tulane and Loyola Universities.
Renee developed a successful art program for children, teens, and adults at the YMCA’s in Sarasota.
Renee also studied at the Louvre in Paris, France in September 2007.
Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key, FL Currently
Art Center Sarasota Currently
Bird Key Yacht Club, Sarasota, FL
The Glenridge, Sarasota, FL Currently
Ringling School of Art and Design, Englewood campus
Plymouth Harbor Currently
The Oaks Club Currently
Sarasota Bay Club
Education Center, Longboat Key Currently
Private Classes – Artists’ Studio on Palmer Ranch Currently
Group Classes – Artists’ Studio on Palmer Ranch Currently
Art League of Bonita Springs
Englewood Art Center
Art League of Manatee County
USF – Senior Academy, Sarasota Campus
Art and Frame
Continuing Education Adult Art Classes – Tulane University, New Orleans
Continuing Education Adult Art Classes – Loyola University, New Orleans
Private classes in St. Thomas, Grand Cayman Islands, San Miguel de Allende
1.Commission completed in June 2018 for Stallion Boot Company, El Paso, TX where an oil painting was created of their award winning boots.
2.Renee was commissioned for six Monet-style paintings for a major bank in Chicago.
3.Renee and Carlo supplied the art for a 250 million dollar project in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This residential gated community has received a multitude of their creations with the project halfway complete.
4. The Flegell Corporation commissioned Carlo and Renee to produce a montage of their business historical sequence of growth, 30”x25 ft. for their boardroom in St. Louis, MO.
Juried Art Exhibitions:
Camelback Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 2021 International Pet Exhibition
Camelback Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 2021 International Artist Invitational Exhibition
Camelback Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 2021 Online Residency Featured Artist Exhibition.
Work featured in “Art Week” and “Art Base”.
7th Annual Tampa Bay Lightning’s Celebration of the Arts Group Show 2018
3rd Annual Longboat Key City Hall Celebration of the Arts Group Show 2018
2nd Annual Longboat Key City Hall Celebration of the Arts Group Show 2017
5th Annual Tampa Bay Lightning’s Celebration of the Arts, Tampa, FL 2016
Ist Annual Longboat Key City Hall Celebration of the Arts Group Show 2016
Manatee Players Theater, Bradenton, FL 2015
Art Center Sarasota, January 16, 2014-March 1, 2014
Visual Art Center, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts-juried – Punta Gorda, FL, Feb. 2014
Plymouth Harbour , one-woman show– Sarasota, FL February 2014
Players Theatre – Sarasota, FL March 2014
Art Center Manatee – Jan/Feb/May/June 2014
Venice Art Center – March/April/June/July 2014
Awards and Nominations:
Bronze Award, Camelback Gallery, Phoenix AZ, 2021 International Pet Competition
Renee DiNapoli has been awarded, “The Top-Rated Painting Class for 2018” by Lessons.com
In January 2014, Renee won first place in the Member’s Show at Art Center Manatee and she won Honorable Mention at the Art and Frame exhibition,” What Inspires You”.
Renee has been granted an artist license to exhibit her art at the new federal building in Sarasota, FL from January 1 through March 31, 2013.
She just completed a showing of her work at the Sarasota Council for the Arts and The Education Center on Longboat Key.
Renee’s work was exhibited on the Seafair, mega yacht gallery in 2013 when it was docked in New Bern, NC.
Previous Exhibitions and One Man Shows:
Bird Key Yacht Club, Sarasota, FL One-Woman Show 2016
Raymond James Financial Center, Tampa, FL
Bal Harbour Galleries benefiting the Palm Beach Zoo, Bal Harbour, FL
Sarasota Bay Club, Sarasota, FL
Jacaranda Trace Club, Venice, FL
The Education Center, Longboat Key, FL
Distinguished Private Collections:
Virginia Toulmin, philanthropist, Sarasota, FL
Ehrlich Collection – Longboat Key, FL
Creely Collection – Tampa, FL
Knafla Collection – Sartell, MN
Tsolinas Family Collection – Barrington, IL