Fall Out, oil, tixogel, wax on panel, 58 x 36”, 2007

Cynthia Grilli

Artist Statement

“Fall Out” was inspired by my belief that control is an illusion. Releasing expectations of how the future should unfold can be exhilarating and frightening, like falling without a net. “Fall Out” represents the experience of letting go.


Cynthia Grilli received her BFA in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 and earned her master's degree in painting at the New York Academy of Art in 1994. Her figure paintings and drawings have been published in numerous publications including American Artist magazine and The Best of Sketching and Drawing by Rockport Press. She has won several awards in juried competitions for her figurative work and has been the recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and is included in private and corporate collections across the United States and Europe.

Cynthia has taught figure painting and drawing for fifteen years at various institutions including St. John's University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the New York Academy of Art, and the Laguna College of Art and Design. She currently teaches figure drawing and painting at Saddleback College and California State University at Long Beach.