• 7/12/2018

    Hey all.
    Shifted some things around on here. Added some new work from the last year. Enjoy the updates!

    Next week, "On the Edge of..." opens at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY
    It will run from 7/21 - 8/12. Looking forward to attending the opening. I've been steady working in the studio for the last 9 months and have created 8 brand new paintings to show. Make sure you catch it!

    Also, be sure to pick up the July 2018 issue of American Art Collector Magazine for a preview on the show! (Issue 153 with Bo Bartlett on the cover).

    Thanks. Catch ya soon!

  • Return

    Well hello.
    Apparently 2014 flew by in a blink of an eye. I assure you, it was a good one - a busy one, but a good one.

    2015 is well underway and I've got all sorts of news to share with plenty more on the way.

    So far in 2015:
    -The painting "31" was included in the Ohio Art League Spring Juried Exhibition in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and was awarded the Bad Girls for Good Art Award!

    -I attended the Bo Bartlett Master Class Painting Workshop in Columbus, Georgia! What an experience.

    -In the Cleveland Scene Magazine I was voted Best Painter in Cleveland in their Best of Cleveland 2015 Issue!

    -I received an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award! Very grateful for this and looking forward to receiving this grant which will help out tremendously.

    -I was highlighted in a short documentary series called Five and Dime Films, filmed and edited by award winning documentary filmmaker Brad Bores! You can find a link to the youtube page in the "Links" section. Make sure you find them on Facebook and "Like" their page for updates and new episodes!

    Well, I've got painting to do!
    Frank O.

  • 2013 roundup and more news!

    Hello all,

    Well, 2013 is in it's final hours and looking back on the last 12 months, it's been one of the great ones. A sincere "thank you" to all who have stopped by and checked things out here, or in a gallery, or bought a magazine or read an article. THANK YOU!

    In the last month, I was able to get a Preview in the figurative issue of American Art Collector (December 2013: Issue 98). If you haven't picked up your copy... hurry!
    Here's the link!:

    Also, Cleveland's own Douglas Max Utter wrote an amazing piece in the CAN Journal on my big year. OH... AND they gave me the cover!!! So if you're around town and you see a CAN Journal with my painting "Uniform" on the cover, make sure you snag one, or check out the article here!:

    Thanks again for a wonderful 2013.
    Frank O.

  • Good Things!

    Hello All,

    Once again, I must apologize because I have not updated news since July; even though A LOT has happened.

    For instance:
    I was a part of the 2013 ArtHamptons art fair with RJD Gallery
    - http://rjdgallery.com/event-photos/2013-07-11-14/

    I had my first solo show at RJD Gallery in late July
    - http://rjdgallery.com/event-photos/2013-07-27/

    You can check out a feature about the show in the New York Times
    - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/arts/design/frank-oritis-paintings-at-richard-j-demato.html?_r=0

    Interview with the Hamptons Art Hub
    - http://hamptonsarthub.com/2013/08/15/frank-oriti-portrays-hardscrabble-histories/

    Local coverage of the show from the Sag Harbor Express
    - http://sagharboronline.com/sagharborexpress/arts/homeland-insecurity-cleveland-artist-frank-oriti-looks-at-life-back-in-the-cul-de-sac-24611

    Check out this interview of Richard Demato and myself IN the gallery with Fine Art Magazine!
    - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpZ4hyJ4lGU

    WAIT! Here's a good one with the Cleveland Scene Magazine!

    I think that's all I got for now!
    Thanks for checking things out, and I promise not to be such a stranger!

    Sincerely yours,
    Frank O.

  • Cleveland Arts Prize and ArtHamptons


    Well hey!
    This past Thursday was the Cleveland Arts Prize Awards Ceremony and I am still taking it all in. It was all so surreal. Lots of family and friends were there for support. It was truly an experience I will never forget.
    Here is a link to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper write up from last week! Give it a read:


    ALSO! I'll be in town for ArtHamptons fine art fair the weekend of July 11-14th in Bridgehampton, NY. Be sure to stop by the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery Booth #205 to see some new work and say hello!

    Frank O.

  • Cleveland Arts Prize


    I wanted to share my recent news that I was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Cleveland Arts Prize winner of the Emerging Artist Award! I am extremely honored and beyond excited to receive such a prestigious award. The Cleveland Arts Prize is a great organization that aims to support artists in the Northeastern Ohio area who "show remarkable promise and have created significant work or projects." Please read more about what the Cleveland Arts Prize is about and read about other winners past and present! The CAP has been doing a great job adding documentary videos of Art Prize winners into the archives on their website. Be sure to check those out at well! http://clevelandartsprize.org/

    Thank you to the Cleveland Arts Prize Organization and thank you ALL for your continued love and support throughout this journey.

    Frank O.

  • NEW news

    Hello all,

    Be sure to pick up the April 2013 issue of American Art Collector! RJD Gallery has placed an add for the painting "Heavy Fab!"

    Here is a link to order YOUR copy! http://www.americanartcollector.com/issues.php?issue=90

    Also, RJD Gallery has announced the art shows for their summer season this year! I'm very excited for my first solo show with the gallery, "Homeland," which opens Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in Sag Harbor, NY.
    Take a look at their schedule and be sure to stop in for the opening reception!

    Lastly, I just posted two recently finished paintings here on the website for you to check out. "The Other Side" is a portrait of the extremely talented photographer Peter Larson, who I've had the pleasure of working with for about the last year. Be sure to check out his website as well: http://www.peterlarsonphoto.com/

    "Without" is a smaller piece and is a bit of a sequel to a previous painting "With or Without?"

    I hope you like!

    Frank O.

  • INPA 2!


    Well hey.
    I hope everyone is well and gearing up for the holidays! I've been busy in the studio working on new paintings to share with you all! Updates to come. ... like this one ... Manifest Gallery's International Painting Annual is officially available! I was chosen as one of the finalists and couldn't be more excited!

    So, if you're looking for a new book to add to your collection and coffee table (which I know you are) ... head over to http://www.manifestgallery.org/inpa/inpa2/index.html and order your copy of Manifest Gallery's International Painting Annual 2! I just received mine in the mail not too long ago and boy do they look sharp.

    The publication includes 118 works by 72 artists from 23 states and 6 countries including Canada, China, Germany, South Korea, South Africa, and the United States. Essays by Adam Sullivan and David Dorsey are also included.

    -Frank O.

  • BIG news

    Greetings from scorching Cleveland, OHIO.
    I wanted to share some news that I have kept top secret for the last couple months. I have just been added to the roster of artists at Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY. They represent some really great artists there and I'm very excited to be a part of the team. You can check out there website here: http://www.rjdgallery.com/

    Also, I recently added a new painting here on my website, "Stead Fast," which is a bit of an update of "Danny II" which I completed a couple years ago. I had a great time painting this one. This new work will be on display at ART HAMPTONS which will be up from July 12th through July 15th. So if you are in the area, be sure to stop over to the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts booth and check it out!

    Thanks and stay cool! It's hot out there!

  • New American Paintings


    Hey everyone,
    I wanted to let you all know that the New American Paintings MFA Annual Issue 99 I am featured in is out now and on shelves at a bookstore nearest you! So go pick one up! If you can't find it, here is a link to order a copy online: http://www.newamericanpaintings.com/currentissue.html


  • some new things.


    Hey everyone,

    The painting, "Danny II" will be included in the Art from the Heartland Juried Exhibition at the Indianapolis Art Center which opens tomorrow April 20th, 2012! I'm gonna take the trip out to Indianapolis and looking forward to getting out of town for the weekend. If you're in the area, come say 'hey!'

    Here is the information for the show:

    Also, I can't tell you how excited I am to announce I'll be featured in the next New American Paintings. Issue #99 is their MFA Annual and will be hitting bookstores real soon. Check out a sneak peek of the issue here and be sure to pick up a copy soon! http://newamericanpaintings.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/nap-annual-99-sneak-peek/


  • interview

    Hello all,

    I hope everyone is good and catching some sunshine where ever you might be out there.

    I wanted to share an interview I had the pleasure of doing with a cool art blog that I regularly follow (and you should too!) called NEO-COLLECTIVE. They like to spotlight artists from all over the world and show off their work.

    You can read the interview here:

    More news to come soon!

    p.s. I wanted to give a shout out to my friends here at Other Peoples Pixels (the folks who host this and many other artist websites online). I just celebrated my 3rd year with their service and wanted to say THANK YOU!


    I know this is a bit late, things were really crazy the last few months. However, if you are in the Cleveland, Ohio area be sure to check out my Solo exhibition, "Return" at The Bonfoey Gallery. The show will be up until January 6th so there is still plenty of time to go see some new work!

    Here is the information:


    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  • NEW news


    Hey friends or people who sometimes view this place??? I lied to you. I said I would update more often, and I'm TRYING!

    Here are some things that have went down in the passed. . . oh . . . 7 months since I have last updated my News:

    ---My MFA SHOW titled "Parma Circle" was a success. It was quite the experience, especially going from many many sleepless nights filled with painting and reading and writing and thinking and more painting; to seeing the work hung up in the gallery space. Lots of family and friends traveled from far away places and the towns people of Athens were also well in attendance. Thank you to all of the people who have helped me along the way: family, friends, mentors, instructors and professors. Your support no matter how big or small has played a part in getting me this far, and for that I genuinely thank you.

    ---In June, I moved back to Parma, Ohio (funny how that works out) and moved back in to my old neighborhood, so naturally I started on some self portraits (coming soon). Upon moving back home I was extremely excited to meet with the folks at The Bonfoey Gallery in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. I am thrilled to announce my partnership with them and hoping for big things to come in the future. If you are in the downtown area stop by and see some of my work. Here is their information http://www.bonfoey.com/

    ---In mid July, I was featured in Issue 9 of BLUECANVAS art magazine. It should still be available in bookstores near you The magazine is pretty awesome (not because I'm in it) but, you know, because there are plenty of great artists who you probably haven't heard of in there. You can check out there social networking site here and order a magazine online, and if you make art, you should get a profile going! Get to it! http://www.bluecanvas.com/

    That's all for now!
    Let's do this again soon.

    Frank O.

  • 1/5/2011 NEW things. GOOD things. THINGS.

    WELL HELLO and Happy New Year!
    I havent posted in awhile and for that I apologize.
    Some BIG THINGS happening for me this year which I am very excited about.

    1st: its 2011 (the oh-one-one)! ....ok thats exciting but not what I was getting at.
    --If you are in the south eastern Ohio area, I have 4 paintings.. YES 4 PAINTINGS hanging in the Athens Voices Biennial Show at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio which I am very excited about. The show opens on January 14th so if you're around... stop in. Here's the information: http://www.dairybarn.org/exhibitions/?section=211&display=single&item=66

    2nd: I have been working SO steadily on new work for my MFA thesis show which will be opening here at the lovely Ohio University School of Art Seigfred Gallery on.... (drum roll please......... ........... ........) April 22nd 2011. I am extremely excited and have been looking forward to this for a LONG... long time. I will be showing with the lovely and extremely talented Natalie Tornatore. You can see her work here: http://ntornatore.com/home.html

    I have some other news coming... but lets wait until it gets a bit closer. I'll write again soon. I promise.


  • new NEWS 4/17/2010

    Hello again,
    I finally jazzed up my site a bit. It has been about a year since I've had the old format and decided it was time for something new! I hope you like.

    Some news:
    I finally finished the painting that I was working on (which seems like it was taking forever)! It's a bit larger than what I normally work on and so once I finished it I naturally jumped back into some smaller paintings and drawings that I am looking forward to finishing. I will of course be posting them on here when they are done.

    I also came away from the Ohio Arts League 99th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition with the Grand Prize Juror's Award which was really exciting. I had two paintings in the show: This Is Not A Life Preserver and Tuxedo Avenue. The opening reception was a great time. I wanted to say thanks to the OAL for putting on a fantastic show and also thanks to all of the Ohio University MFA Grads who came along for the support!

    You can find a review on the show here:

  • new NEWS!!!

    So, it has been about a year since I have started this website. I wanted to say thanks to our friends here at OPP (other peoples pixels) for giving my work a home!

    With that being said . . .

    I also wanted to let everyone know that I have a couple paintings going in to a show in Columbus, Ohio through the OHIO ART LEAGUE. I will post the information for the show towards the bottom.

    Currently, I am in my 2nd year of graduate school at Ohio University and preparing for my MFA thesis show next year.
    I am still working hard in my studio painting, so stay tuned for updates on new work!
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Ohio Art League 99th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition


    Well, here it is! A website of my very own. I'm excited. Take a look around and stay tuned for new work being posted! Feel free to send me a message and let me know what you think. Thanks!