Claudia Flynn is a visual artist. She draws on her exotic travel experiences as a strong source for her work. Discovering opportunities to observe and engage while visits to Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, North Africa, and the Yucatan Peninsula, have been powerful influences. She has exhibited internationally for Kashi Art Gallery in India, and Galerie Vidourie Prix in France. In Rhode Island, she has had six solo shows of her sculptures, paintings, and works on paper. Claudia has been the recipient of several grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and received the Innovators’ Program Award for Original Art in a Publication from the John Hopkins University Press. In 2012, her work was selected to receive the Roger King Fine Art Award for Painting from the Newport Art Museum. She has been a member of Hera Gallery and Educational Foundation for nearly a decade and has curated, along with architect Troy West, 3 topical exhibitions on the environment, democracy and peace. The third exhibition in the trilogy, WAGING PEACE, traveled from Hera Gallery to the Arts for Peace Gallery in New York City.
Claudia received a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and studied in Italy with RISD’s European Honors Program.
"A need for a resurgence of storytelling among my contemporaries compels me to make sculptural objects, as thou characters in a living saga, - where matter takes form and insists on interfacing with the viewer. I work from an emotive state. I am interested in the physical character and presence of everyday objects assuming poetic qualities within the realm of the visceral and that of the psyche. I recycle objects, ideas and metaphors, - utilizing materials that range widely from hair, feathers, bone, fur, to pharmaceutical compounds, currency, and blood. It is in the innovation and articulation of my conceived ideas where I pronounce what may be deemed traditional or modern dilemmas, social or cultural commentaries, and the necessity to address matters of the soul and spirit."