Roberta Tucci graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in
1984. While at SVA in New York City she was strongly influenced by the conceptual minimalist art of the 1980’s.  Her first exhibition was in 1984 at The Visual Arts Gallery
in Soho.

While studying at the Tyler School of Art in Rome in 1987, Roberta developed an interest in Ancient Roman and Etruscan art. After starting out as a young American artist from the 1980’s contemporary New York art scene, Roberta became captivated by a contrast—the art of historic Italy. The accumulated and eroded layers of visual imagery that coexist in distressed Roman frescoes and Etruscan wall paintings especially fascinated her. During this period Roberta changed the focus of her work from sculpture to painting.  To do so she used pigmented wax on wooden board to build up and scrape off multiple layers of accumulating imagery. But unlike Roman or Etruscan painters Roberta created abstract forms.

Roberta’s work in encaustic continued until the late 1990’s, when she attended an
MFA Program in Painting at the University of Delaware.  Here she changed the primary medium of her painting from encaustic on wood to acrylic on stretched canvas. The change from wax to acrylic also allowed her to produce much larger works, layering acrylic glaze and varnish to develop paintings with even more strata of accumulated imagery.  Using this technique she was able to begin producing the studio art and large public-works commissions that she continues to develop. In addition to her studio practice, Roberta is a professor of studio art at Delaware State University.


One Person Exhibitions

"Roberta Tucci: Botanical Paintings", DuPont Memorial House, Rehoboth, DE, 2018-19

“New Abstractions: Roberta Tucci”, Dupont Memorial House, Rehoboth, DE, 2015

“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