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About

Gina Piccirilli Hayden is best known for her sublime ceramic sculptures. Her classical Fine Art education and extensive background as a Trompe-l’oeil artist helped her develop self-taught techniques rarely achieved in the clay sculpture world. Gina’s fascination with nature and its frailty is the basis for the symbolism she sculpts. Revealing scenarios that reflect the imperfections that bridge all living things. Her Sculptures are testimonies to the complicated, overextended existence we all call life. She brilliantly focuses her viewer on the sometime uncomfortable, yet hopefully empathetic. Achieving human commonality through Art.

Statement

I speak with clay.  Chosen symbols sculpted by my hands.  Revealing scenarios to ease my soul.  My name is Gina Piccirilli Hayden and I am a sculptor.  I am an emotionally and spiritually inspired artist who conveys life stories through my work in clay. I have a strong connection with nature and hope to emulate and project the healing I feel in the beautiful imperfection around me. Within the strength and frailty of Mother Nature I have found my place, my world. The eternal parallels between the human race and mother earth never cease to amaze me. It's with that wonder I find inspiration.  I use symbolism in nature and with the clay of the earth I sculpt and create the stories I need to tell.

Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses often title my work. As a true testament of time, mythology works as a bridge between the past, present and my symbolism. Proving how the stories never change, only the people do. Like Persephone the Goddess, all things die and then return and the world comes to life again.

As I evolve, my art has become my voice. I sculpt my stories and hope they are not only seen, but heard and felt, and that they bring peace and comfort. For me, the process of sculpting is medicinal and therapeutic. I have reached a point in my career in which I wish to address certain topics - such as oppression. As we have become more connected in the technological sense, we have become even more disconnected as human beings. In my belief, art is purely a human, emotional experience. In effort to continue this human exchange, I create sculptures addressing female oppression as it still stands today. This series also address oppression of values, the physical appearance, worth, and relationships. Although history continues to repeat itself- as oppression has always existed- our interpretation, our voice, can change it. I hope my sculptures will open a dialog that promotes empathy in an increasingly anonymous apathetic world.

 


Art Fairs / Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017 Saratoga Springs History Museum Exhibit, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • 2016 Governors Island, The Tide Is High, New York, New York
  • 2016 Art New York / presented by Art Miami, NY
  • 2016 CWA Exhibit, The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT
  • 2016 86th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition, Norwich, CT
  • 2016 Art Southampton, NY
  • 2016 New York Ceramic & Glass, NY
  • 2016 Invitational Exhibition, Nest Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
  • 2015 Art Expo, NY
  • 2015 Members Exhibition, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT
  • 2015 Group Show, Studio 26 Gallery, N.Y.
  • 2015 Select, NY
  • 2015 Affordable Art Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014 64th Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT
  • 2014 Art in the Park, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
  • 2014 4th Nature Art Exhibition, Light, Space & Time Gallery, WEB
  • 2013 Long Island Art League, Huntington, NY
  • 2013 Long Island Women’s Association, Syosset, NY
  • 2013 BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY

Awards

  • 2014 Mollie and Albert Jacobson Sculpture Award (PDF here)
  • 2014 64th Annual Art of the Northeast Award, Silvermine Galleries
  • 2014 Special Merit Category Award, Light Space & Time Gallery
  • 2014 Special Recognition Category, Light Space & Time Gallery
  • 2013 Heckscher Museum Award
  • 2013 Long Island Women’s Association Female Artist of the Year Award

Publications

  • Art Business News; Top 40 Artists to Watch; 2016-2017
  • Sachet Mixte – Themes Edition Four: SCULPTURE, July 2015; 86-97;
  • Art Business News; Top 40 Artists to Watch; summer issue 2015; 43;
  • Cold Spring Harbor Living; July 2015; 12;
  • Featured on FIOS 1; April 2013

Education

  • 1981 - 1985 Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Degrees in Fine Arts & Advertising Design

Private Collections

  • Wiser Family, Mahopac, NY
  • Dr. Alliano, Galveston, TX
  • Allison Wallace, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Rispoli Family, Rockville Center, NY
  • Rispoli & Company, Mineola, NY
  • DeGrande Family, Edge Water, NJ
  • Long Island Women’s Association, Syosset, NY
  • Shannon Family, Garden City, NY
  • Mark Picard, NYC, NY

Commissioned Murals & Sculptures

  • The Gurci Estate, Garden City, NY
  • The Lucasie Estate, Garden City, NY
  • The Demetriou Company, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • BK Sweeney Mineola, NY
  • Gracies Corner, NYC, NY
  • Cross Fit, Garden City, NY
  • Cross Fit, Garden City Park, NY
  • The Gellin Estate, Manhasset, NY
  • The Shannon Home, Garden City, NY
  • Equestrian Gift Shop, Belmont Race Track, NY
  • Kraft Interiors, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Gellin Interiors, Oyster Bay Cove / Manhasset , NY
  • Ceramic Product Development, Signature Monogram and Gifts, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Enchanted Restaurant, NYC, NY
  • Camelot Restaurant, NYC, NY