Late Las Vegas-based creator’s works can be seen in Forum Shops gallery at Caesars Palace
Carnevale Gallery is sad to announce the passing of Las Vegas-based visual artist Rita Asfour, who died on June 29, 2021.
Born on February 9, 1933, of Armenian-American heritage, Asfour came out of retirement to paint Las Vegas’ showgirls after seeing “Jubilee!” at Bally’s. Dr. Robert Tracy of UNLV recognized the depth and diversity of Asfour’s art and curated a show for her.
She began her career as an impressionist artist, training at the renowned Leonardo Da Vinci Academy, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1959. Her travels throughout Europe, the Americas and the South Seas influenced her traditional signature style, and included a stop for five years as a magazine illustrator in Beirut, Lebanon.
Known for her use of multi mediums, including oil on canvas, pastel on boar, and paper relief, Asfour’s works often featured images of women or children. Much of her inspiration came from her daughter, Amber, who was a frequent model for her paintings.
The 2017 PBS documentary “Rita Asfour: Art Her Way” is currently available to view on Vegas PBS for members and to rent on Amazon Prime.
To see Asfour’s masterpieces in person, visit the Carnevale Gallery at Forum Shops in Caesars Palace, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Space 20.
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For more information about Rita Asfour, visit ritaasfour.com.
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Founded in 2015 by Tony Carnevale, Carnevale Gallery is committed to the display and sales of collectible fine art photography, showcasing innovative emerging artists as well as new work by established masters. The gallery rotates exhibits on a regular basis and maintains featured artist works on display for purchase.
Carnevale Gallery has two locations in Las Vegas: at the Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Space R10; and at Appian Way in Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Space 20.