Lori Pratico was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she began her artistic career as a billboard artist during a time when billboards were still climbed and painted. Self taught, this hands on experience in an industry that required raw talent and plain guts was invaluable, and also pushed Lori to explore ideas and techniques that were both non-traditional and experimentive in her artwork.
Lori paints portraits that are fresh and modern. The people she portrays are real people who celebrate life and dare to be different. Lori is currently being represented by Gallery 2014 in Hollywood, FL where she had a solo show with over 35 of her pieces displayed in May of 2013. Her name has been added to the American Art Collectors Portrait Artist Directory, and her work has been featured on the Juxtapoz magazine website.
Lori is an active member of the South Florida Artist Association, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Portrait Society of America. She believes in giving back to her community through herself and her artwork. She recently helped facilitate ArtServe’s Eco-Art Therapy program at the Sunset School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, which services children and young adults with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She also lead a team of artists at the Coral Springs Museum of Art with their Kaleidoscope program which brought hands on art activities and a museum experience to local autistic children. Lori credits her success solely on the efforts of her grade school and high school teachers who encouraged her to continue making and expressing herself through art, and hopes to make the same difference in the lives of local youth.
My artwork is inspired by those who dare to be different. My paintings are often of women with tattoos, or brightly colored hair, but more importantly women who have chosen to be happy with themselves despite what labels society has placed on them. When painting a portrait I reach for the inside of a person. I know if I get the inside right the outside will simply fall into place. In a world where everyone is in a hurry I’m asking you to pause. My portraits challenge you to look closer, look longer and see differently.
Currently exhibiting and represented by Gallery 2014 in Hollywood, Florida