John Felicè Ceprano was born in Providence, Rhode Island, July 6th 1947, of Italian heritage. In 1978, he immigrated to Canada, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1991, and presently resides in Gatineau, QC.
Initially Interested in meteorology, he attended Community College of Rhode Island, and received an Associate degree in Physics in 1968. followed by the University of Rhode Island, receiving a BFA with a 'Chamber's Scholarship' in 1970, and completed the degree at the University of Ottawa, as 'final year of study abroad'.
From 1982-84, he pursued an MA in photography from Rhode Island College, and received the graduate assistantship in art history; he continued his study in photography at the University of Ottawa from 1985- 1990, with a concentration in non-silver printing.
In 1986, he began to practice, "The Art of Balance", a site-specific project creating balanced natural rock sculptures in Ottawa. He received a Canada Council grant for this work in 1989, and has been contracted by the National Capital Commission since 2000.
In 2009, he established ORA (Ottawa Rock Art), a non-for profit organization, which includes "on site" workshops, performance artists, and the first "Ottawa BAWI" (Balanced Art World International) Festival in 2012.
Ceprano also produces permanent stone sculptures for residential and commercial clients. He also continues to produce painting, photography, and printmaking.
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