Mary Jane Andreozzi '83
Enrico Vittorio Pinardi, known to his friends,
family and students as “Henry,” is a nationally
acclaimed artist and professor of art who taught
at RIC from 1967 to 1995. During his time at
the college he dedicated his life to creating
memories with his students, his “kids,” helping
them find them the courage to follow a career in
art, and giving them the strength to believe in
their worth as artists. Many of his students have
found successful careers as artists, business
owners and teachers. These alumni still remain
in touch and express gratitude for Pinardi’s
influence in their life; they collectively refer to
themselves as “Henry’s kids.”
This series traces Pinardi’s influence at RIC
and throughout the local art scene through
profiles of several of his “kids,” as well as the
Click on each of the articles in this five-part
Mary Jane Andreozzi, visual arts department chair at St. Mary’s Academy - Bay View in Riverside, Rhode Island, spends her time outside of the classroom crafting unique woodwork creations. Layers of brightly pigmented wax on wood distinguish this Class of 1983 fine arts alumna’s stunning works. Her signature technique was picked up from Enrico “Henry” Pinardi, her Rhode Island College art professor.
During his 30 years at the college, Pinardi inspired his students through constant encouragement, exhibiting a diligent work ethic and orchestrating idiosyncratic classroom experiences. “He had a magnetic personality. People were drawn to him,” Andreozzi recalled.
Andreozzi had Pinardi for her drawing courses, but she wasn’t immediately drawn in by his personality. It wasn’t until a field trip to the professor’s gallery exhibit in Boston that it hit her.
“I remember being blown away walking into the gallery, experiencing his work,” she recalled. “I was in love with the color. The reds were hot as fire and the turquoises were this rich color.” Andreozzi knew from that moment on that Pinardi would be an influence in her art. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this guy is amazing. I have to pay attention to him,’” she said.
It was in Pinardi’s class that Andreozzi learned her technique for wax art. “He taught us using melted china markers,” she said. This method, requiring patience and precision when forming several layers of wax, wasn’t previously Andreozzi’s main technique. She originally spent years creating art with fibers, but found it negatively affecting her health. After developing tendinitis she knew she needed to find a different way to express herself. That’s when she recalled the form she learned in Pinardi’s class.
Going back to this method was a “breath of fresh air,” she said. Picking up her sketchbooks from her courses with Pinardi, she began doodling on a piece of wood, and the rest is history.
Andreozzi’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Provincetown, Massachusetts; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Charlestown, Rhode Island. She also collaborates with Seekonk Woodworking, painting intricate details to wood furniture.
Andreozzi’s current work, showcased in her classroom
Even today, as a teacher and professional artist, Andreozzi puts stock in Pinardi’s opinions. “He recently complimented my piece at a gallery. It was just like being back in college, thinking, ‘He likes me!’”
Andreozzi expressed gratitude for not only the technique she learned in Pinardi’s classes, but also his valuable lessons as an artist. “He tried to get us to do what was important to us,” said Andreozzi.