A sculptor born on the lower east side of New York City, Irene Gennaro's 20 solo exhibitions include The Trenton City Museum, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Broadway Windows, Washington Square Windows, 55 Mercer Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design and The Kentuck Museum.
The daughter of a Sicilian stone carver, Gennaro's father has been a potent creative influence in her life. As a second-generation carver, Gennaro bears witness to a unique cultural history that she has reshaped and made her own. "The sculptures I create arise from my dreams or day dreams. These images are, I believe, harvested from the subconscious. It is a method of realization that surprises and delights me while generously nurturing my work." Transformed animals, symbols, memento mori, mythological and familial memories inform the essence of the sculptures.
Gennaro received a degree in Graphic Design from The City University of New York, and has studied at The School of Visual Arts, The New School For Social Research and The Brooklyn Museum Art School.
She has worked with children at Columbia Presbyterian's Pediatric Neurology Clinic, an outreach program organized by The National Association of Women Artists. She is affiliated with and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of arts organizations that include, The Sculptors Guild, N.A.W.A. and 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC.
In 2008 Gennaro was selected to participate in the "1st international openartsresidency" Erétria, Greece. She was the recipient of a 2006 paid Fellowship from The National Academy Museum's Mural Art Workshop Program, NYC. She has received The Bronze Casting Award from Polich Art Works in Rock Tavern, NY and eight awards from N.A.W.A. for carving and sculpture. Gennaro was invited and took part in, La Féte Internationale de La Sculpture de Saint-Jean-Port-Joly in Quebec, Canada's, Exhibition & Symposium 1994.
Irene Gennaro's work appears in several group exhibitions yearly. Group exhibits include; 2011 "Intersections," Governors Island, NYC, The Scultpors Guild, Karen Wilkin curator. 2010 "Encounters" The Sculptors Guild at Governors Island / The 2009 exhibitions include: The Exquisite Corpse at Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, / A Book About Death, The Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC / Otis College, Cal. / Queens Mus. of Art, NYC / Mobius Gallery, Boston, MA / The River Mill Gallery, NJ / Morehead St. University Ky./ Elon University, NC / Rutgers University, NJ / The Noyes Museum of Art, NJ.
Gennaro exhibited 18 sculptures in the 2007 exhibition at Stony Brook University's SAC Gallery NY. In 2008, 12 sculptures from the Ex-Votive series were exhibited at Cazenovia College, NY in an exhibition curated by Professor Jennifer Pepper. The exhibition was titled "earthlink.org."
Irene Gennaro's works are included in private and permanent museum collections that include, The Trenton City Museum, NJ, The Washington County Museum of Fine Art, MD, Hillwood Art Museum, NY, The United Nations and The Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
In 2010 Gennaro was the featured solo artist at LaGuardia Community College, LIC, NY. "Archetypes: Personal & Universal," included more than 20 works from three series. Laguardia College's Professor Hugo Fernandez conducted a radio interview with Gennaro where he explored her background and studio practice.