Born in 1979 in Harmony, West Virginia, Mary Chiaramonte began painting at the age of three. As a child she helped her family live from and farm their land. She had no TV or other distractions, and was encouraged to entertain herself with objects in nature. Left with the workings of her imagination and observations of the world around her, she translated her understanding into paintings and drawings. She continues this practice today, taking much of her momentum from the people that surround and affect her. Hanging between darkness and light, Chiaramonte’s paintings offer a narrative that echoes a provocative daydream, communicating both the human disposition and the mysteries therein. Her unending exploration surfaces in her paintings with an ambiguity that asks the viewer to wonder at our world as she does.
A 2010 Master of Fine Arts graduate, Chiaramonte received the Best Graduate Thesis award from Radford University. Her work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout America, and collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has participated in art fairs such as Art Chicago and Affordable Art Fair Contemporary in New York City. Her paintings have been featured in publications such as New American Paintings, American Artist Magazine, Empty Magazine and American Art Collector. Her process involves layering acrylics on birch panel to create smooth surface quality coated in a gloss protective varnish that lends its appearance to that of oils. Chiaramonte lives and works in Bon Air, Virginia.