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Ceprano was born in Providence, Rhode Island, July 6th 1947, of Italian heritage. Providence and vicinity was a mostly southern Italian community, allowing an intimately to his cultural heritage, as well as American. 

 

Initially, Ceprano intended to become a meteorologist, and pursued that goal with an Associate degree in Physics in 1966. However, his second passion, art, was realized and entered the University of Rhode Island in the Fine Arts Department in 1968. His concentration was in painting and printmaking, and received the Chambers scholarship in 1970 from the department. However, in 1971, he withdrew from the program and became actively involved in the Vietnam anti-war movement. 

 

In 1973, Ceprano relocated to Ottawa, Canada, and was allowed visas to live there until 1975. During this time, he worked as an alcoholic councillor assistant, and also completed his BFA at the University of Ottawa in 1975. 

 

Ceprano returned to Rhode Island in 1975, working as a waiter while continuing his art, and was granted a Rhode Island Arts Council commission in 1976; his work remains as part of the permanent collection at the William Hall Library in Woonsocket. 

 

In 1978, he returned to Ottawa as a landed immigrant, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1991.

 

When Ceprano retuned to Ottawa, he worked in health care and other service industry jobs. Throughout this period, he continued to paint, and returned to Rhode Island to study photography at Rhode Island College, between 1982-84; he was given the graduate assistantship from the art history department, and supervised under graduate students in photography and art history. 

 

Ceprano returned to Ottawa in 1984, and continued study in photography at the University of Ottawa until 1990. While studying photography, he discovered the practise of rock balance at Remic Rapids. 

 

He named the discipline “The Art of Balance", and was derived from his practices in Taoism and Transcendental Meditation. He also studied Shamanism at the same time, and was deeply influenced by the writings of Carlos Castaneda. These three disciplines created the foundation for his future artistic development and also influenced his painting and photography work.

 

The "Art of Balance" was validated in 1989, when he was given a Canada Council Arts grant for his work; he continued to produce the project each year without assistance from the public art establishment. In 2000, however, the National Capital Commission provided a contract for his work, and has continued to contract the project to the present. The National Capital Commission is an independent federal government agency, which regulates the public lands within the National Capital Region. During this time he became involved in the public art programming in Ottawa, and was selected as a finalist on four individual projects between 2005 and 2012. 

 

Ceprano, as an independent artist, has been producing permanent sculptures for residential and commercial clients since 1999. The sculptures are produced with the assistance and collaboration of landscape architects, sub-contractors, and construction companies. Each project is produced in collaboration with the client's interests, and installed in a manner, which refers to the elements of the environment provided. 

 

The permanent sculptures are based upon the balanced rock sculpture projects, but are installed with a 'engineer approved' rock foundation, drilled with rebar, permeated with epoxy, assembled, and are then carved The surfaces are rough and smooth, with deeply etched figure and lines. The permanent sculpture contracts have become a more established production since 2012. 

 

 


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