Sophia DeFrancesca

Sophia DeFrancesca was born in Toronto, Canada to immigrant parents, and her aptitude for artistic endeavors was evident in early childhood. At the age of 10 and with the recent loss of her mother, the young artist kept herself busy making dresses for her dolls that captured something she saw in the old photographs of her mother. 

After graduating in 1990 from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), she continued to develop her fine art interests. In the early 2000’s, wire mesh emerged as an important material for her. Sheathes of galvanized steel mesh allowed the artist to shape human scale forms. Working figuratively triggered childhood memories of making doll’s dresses, creating evening and cocktail dresses the previous generation would have worn. Sophie renders hard materials into ethereal concoctions, exploring cultural and social phenomenon in all its evocations. 

Having exhibited in galleries and art fairs throughout North America, her sculptures have captured the attention of collectors around the world. Public exhibitions include the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff; the Gardiner Museum, Toronto; and the Dundas Museum and Archives, Hamilton, Ontario.

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