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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 intimate relationship to his cultural heritage, as well as being 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 primarily in health care as an orderly and nurse. 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 photo documentation and art history. 


Ceprano returned to Ottawa in 1984, and continued study in photography at the University of Ottawa until 1990, primaily working in non silver mediums, including gum dichromate, cyanotype, van dyke, and blak & white film. While studying photography, he discovered the art of rock balance at Remic Rapids, on the Ottawa River, and close to the centre of Ottawa. 


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, photography, and computer generated art.  


The "Art of Balance" was validated in 1989, when he received a Canada Council Arts grant for his work; he continued to produce the project each year without assistance or funding, nor interference from the public and Ottawa art establishment. In 2000, however, the National Capital Commission, a federal government agency, 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 develops and 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, however none were selected, Ceprano learned how to transition from the balanced rock sculptures to permanent installations.  


Ceprano, began producing permanent sculptures for residential and commercial clients in 1999, and evolved over the following 10 years, in collaboration with 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 are not an Ottawa Rock Art Inc. production. 

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