Local artist enjoys breakout summer

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Local artist Cosima Aryee has had a busy summer, with works on display at no fewer than four locations across the Chicago area. Her oil-on-canvas paintings can be viewed through September as part of a group exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery and at a solo show at Overland Gallery in Harvard. A solo exhibit at Prairie Title in Oak Park and a nationally juried show at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock wrapped up in August.

Born in Taranto, Italy, Aryee moved to Chicago when she was 12 years old. She served in the U.S. Army before earning a BFA from the College of Art & Design at Southern Illinois University with a double major in painting and drawing. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she enjoyed a successful career in graphic design and marketing.

“I’m interested in creating a poetic dialogue with the viewer, leading their eyes into a colorful and rhythmic dance,” she says. “My brushstrokes are spontaneous and instinctive in technique, depicting the essence of nature’s mystical beauty and light. It is very fulfilling knowing that people feel a connection with my work, that it soothes them.”



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