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Andreà Cassar
Newark, NJ
Painting, Graphic Design

Artwork Details
Il Carretto Siciliano
Oil on Canvas
40”x 50”

"My heritage has a huge impact on all the art works that I create," writes Andreà Cassar. "Coming from an Italian background I tend to stay close to the qualities of classical style and forms. My motivation to create artwork comes from my mother's and her father's art, who were both classical artists.

"I come from an Italian family that has a long lineage of art creators from the fine arts. My great grandfather Salvo - a ceiling medallion sculptor, my grandfather Carmelo - a painter and a sculptor, my mother Concetta - a ceramic artist and painter, and my father - a sketch artist. I started very young in experimenting with different mediums because my family was involved in so many branches of the fine arts.

"Although I had family members in the art community it was my mother that emphasized art within my everyday life. My mother took me to my first museum and gave me history lessons about the local art in which I was born into. My mother was trying to mold me into an artist because it is an Italian tradition for younger generations to take upon the same craftsmanship of the older generation.

"My life-changing event occurred at the age of 16 when my mother died in a tragic accident. After a few years I decided to come to the USA to start off a fresh new life where I landed a graphic design position without any higher education. I later went back to school and finish my higher eduation in Graphic Design and Fine Art. Whether through graphic design, a sketch, a painting, a sculpture, or a ceramic piece art is the method through which I best communicate and express myself.

"We live in such an electronic based era where old fashioned handmade art tends to take a back seat. I like to use the concept of graphic design fused with my hand made art as a way to bring a new form of art. My twist will be to make the old new again."

Ms. Cassar's work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Paul Robeson Galleries, the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Newark Public Library, and more. She has a BFA in Fine Art & Art History from Rutgers University as well as a BFA in Graphic Design.a


Ms. Cassar works out of Rutgers Newark Studio, where her work is available for viewing by appointment.

Suit 401, 4th floor
Bradley Hall
110 Warren Street, Newark NJ 07102
Phone # 9177566507

Studio availability:

Mondays: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Tuesdays: 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am - 6:00pm

By appointment only.

She will also be featured in this upcoming solo exhibition:
Italian Folk Life: Throughout Three Generations
Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. Mar. 1-31.