Toronto-based artist Sophie DeFrancesca graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in 1990. While working in the commercial arts, she developed a body of sculptural artwork. In the early 2000s, she began to use sheathes of galvanized steel mesh to shape human and animal forms. Adding liquid latex and a variety of media to these life-sized forms, DeFrancesca was able to intersect a playful commentary with poignant narrative – the confines of women’s fashion or the deeper meanings of cultural practice.
DeFrancesca’s artwork has been published in Elle Magazine, Architectural Digest and Hello Magazine and included in many solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal as well as in the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff and the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln. DeFrancesca's artwork is held in private and corporate collections.