Adrian Frankel Giuliani is an internationally recognized, award winning pastel artist. She was an artist from the time she was a tiny toddler, growing up in Queens, New York. She drew constantly, and it quickly became obvious that art was an essential part of who she was.
At 17, Adrian was introduced to soft pastels by Flora Giffuni, the founder of the Pastel Society of America. She had the great fortune of studying with Flora that year.
She loved the immediacy, flexibility and rich, vibrant colors pastels provided. Pastels became her medium. Her love for pastels continued at the Rhode Island School of Design, studying with masters such as Richard Merkin, and graduating with high honors, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 1987.
Since then, Adrian has been on her own artistic journey with her pastel work. Adrian believes there is a Mind, Body and Spirit Connection and that it connects deeply to our artwork. Her attitude, body and spiritual connection all influence who she is as an artist. Mostly working from life, she uses observation, play, abstraction and a great deal of freedom. Besides her pastel teaching, which she loves, she prefers to be alone while she works. Her focus is clear, she has no inhibitions or distractions. Painting to the lively music on her eclectic playlist, it becomes an immersive experience, following the road map the piece will unfold for her.
Today Adrian is proud to be a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, APS, Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of New Jersey, RRPSNV, and an IAPS Master Circle member. She is known for both her children’s portraits and, more recently, for her contemporary still lifes and florals. Adrian’s work has been recognized in many national and international exhibitions, winning numerous awards. Adrian’s pastel, All You Need is Love, won the Herman Margulies Bequest Award in the 46th Annual Pastel Society of America Annual Juried Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance, the piece was also purchased by the curator of the National Arts Club, and it is now part of their permanent collection. In 2019, Adrian was thrilled to have won an Honorable Mention for her still life, Reflections of an Artist, in the IAPS 2019 Convention! The following year, she won the Daniel E. Greene, PSA- MP, HFH, Memorial Award in the 48th Annual Pastel Society of America Annual Juried Exhibition, for her self portrait, Breaking through Boundaries. Her floral, Harmonic Celebration, was on the cover of this year’s issue of the Pastel Society of America publication, Pastelagram, with a four page feature inside. Adrian was delighted that Harmonic Celebration was also juried into the IAPS 6th Master Circle Exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago this past June.
Adrian has been a pastel instructor since 2018.
You may see more of Adrian’s art on her website: https://adrianfineart.wixsite.com/adriangiuliani