Roberta Tucci started her career in New York City in the 1980’s. There she was greatly influenced by the Conceptual and Minimalist Art of her mentors at The School of Visual Arts. Her first exhibit of sculpture was in 1984 at The Visual Arts Gallery in Soho.

Later, while studying in Rome in 1987, Roberta developed an interest in distressed Roman frescoes and Etruscan wall paintings. During this period Roberta changed the focus of her work from sculpture to painting. To do so she used pigmented wax on wood panel to build up and partly scrape off multiple layers of accumulating imagery. But unlike historic Roman and Etruscan painters, Roberta used her process of encaustic painting to create abstract forms from her own creative perspective.

Roberta’s work in encaustic continued until the late 1990’s, when she changed the primary medium of her painting from encaustic on wood to acrylic paint on stretched canvas. The change from wax to acrylic paint allowed her to produce much larger works, layering thin washes of color, glaze and varnish to develop paintings with even more strata of accumulated imagery. By using this technique, Roberta was able to produce the dynamic small, medium, and large projects that she continues to create today. In addition to her studio art practice, Roberta is a professor of studio art at Delaware State University.


One Person Exhibitions

"Roberta Tucci: New Paintings", DuPont Memorial House, Rehoboth, DE, 2021

“New Abstractions: Roberta Tucci”, Dupont Memorial House, Rehoboth, DE, 2018-19

“Roberta Tucci: Botanical Studies”, Bloomsbury Designs, Wilmington, DE, 2013

“Roberta Tucci: Abstractions from Nature”, Arts Center/Gallery, Delaware State University, Dover, DE, 2008

“Parallel Vision: USA/Italy”, City of Wilmington, 2005

“Roberta Tucci: Organic Expression”, Delaware Division of the Arts, Wilmington, DE, 2004

“Roberta Tucci: A Closer Look, Five Years of Abstraction”, 11th & Orange Gallery, Wilmington, DE, 2002

“Roberta Tucci: Paintings”, MBNA America, Delaware State University, Dover, DE , 2001

“Organic Expressionism: Abstract Images from Nature”, Center for Creative Arts,
Yorklyn, DE, 2000

“Roberta Tucci: Wax Paintings”, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 2000

"New Work: Roberta Tucci", School 33, Baltimore, MD, 1998

"Recurring Forms", University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1998

“Roberta Tucci: Paintings”, Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DE, 1994

“Roberta Tucci: Fellowship Exhibition”, DSAC Gallery II, Wilmington, DE, 1993

"Roberta Tucci: EXPO XII", Northport/BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, 1993


Group Exhibitions

Exposição SER MULHER HOJE, Almada, Portugal, 2020

"215/610 Contemporary", Delaware County Community College Art Gallery,

Media PA, 2018

"Mixed Media", Blue Streak Gallery, Wilmington, DE, 2018

"Mid-Atlantic New Painting", Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Frederick, MD, 2018

"11th Annual Juried Competition", Goggleworks Art Center, Reading, PA, 2017

“Five by Five”, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, 2014 

“36TH Annual Juried Exhibition”, Hopkins House Gallery, Collingswood, NJ, 2011

“Reunion”, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE, 2010                         

“Possibilities of Pause”, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, 2009

“Vote Art”, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE 2008       

“Pink”, Soho Myriad Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2007                         

“Award Winners VI”, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE, 2006

General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2003

“Defining Women: Seven Artists from Delaware”, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE 2003

Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DE, 2001                                     

"Prints: UD to UD", University of Dallas, Irving, TX, 1999                                       

“New Works”, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1999

"Work on Paper", Perkins Art Center, Moorestown, NJ, 1997

"National Juried Exhibition", Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, 1997

“Invitational Exhibit", New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA, 1996

"Drawing Invitational", Blue Streak Gallery, Wilmington, DE, 1996

"Annual Awards Painting Exhibition", Cheltenham Center for the Arts,
Philadelphia, PA, 1994

"24th Annual Juried Show", Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA, 1993



Atlantis Hotel, Bahamas

Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Charles Schwab Collection, CA

Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, DE

The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE

Episcopal Church of Delaware, Wilmington, DE   

Four Seasons Villas, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York, NY

Metropolitan Club, Sears Tower, Chicago IL

Hotel Plaza Real, Managua, Nicaragua

Omni Corporation, Orlando, FL

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Spa, South Beach, FL

Southern Progress Corporation, Birmingham, AL

Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington, DE


Teaching Experience

Delaware State University: 2000-Present

Wesley College: 2000

University of Delaware: 1999-2000

Delaware College of Art and Design: 1997-1999