Born in Padua, Teresa studied Eastern languages at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Her passion for the East took her all the way to China, where she lived between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Back in Italy, she worked in the translation industry for 20 years while raising her two children. Curious and passionate, Teresa loves music, reading, travelling and participates in urban agriculture projects. However, her desire and need to paint have always been there, like a constant note playing in the background. Since 2018 she has attended painting classes in Padua. During the 2020 lockdown, she experienced an intense creative period that led her to consider painting as an essential part of her life. She organised her first solo exhibition in Padua in May 2021. In the last year she participated in several group exhibitions in Italy, Europe and United States and she exhibited her artworks in her second personal exhibition in May 2023.
-What are the primary concepts and focus of your art and How do these ideas relate to your medium, and creative process itself?
When younger I lived in China for three years and then worked for 20 years in a translation company. When I arrived at 50, I felt the need to download my lived experience. I have always been a creative person and expressed it in all the aspects of life (dressing, cooking, etc). I started writing. I was going to write my story and I began with a synopsis that I still have (who knows in future). But then I realized that to stay sitting all day long re-living a bad past was not a good idea for my menthal health. So I quitted writing and caught the chance to start taking painting lessons which was something I always wanted to do also. There something magical happened since with abstract art I found the best way for me to describe my lived experiences, feelings, emotions into colours and meaningful paintings. What I love more is the chance to translate also deeply bad experiences into colourful worlds.
After having spent two years taking various kind of painting courses in my town, with the 2021 lockdown I started painting every day, I organized a studio at home and since then I made about 200 artworks. As I told you during the call, I'm quite fast and follow the creative process as it comes promptly. I'm a full time painter. I sold many, partecipated to many exhibitions in Italy and abroad and exhibited twice in quite successfull solo exhibitions. So' now I'm an happy painter willing to develop further. I paint because it allows me to tell my story using different colours from reality. Acrylics are my medium since they allow me to create quickly when I feel the creative urgence to translate my inner world into something of armonious for other people.
-Which artists are you inspired and influenced by?
I feel I have so much to learn about the masters of the past. For this reason I also like very much to copy masters artworks, it is a very useful and enjoyable way to learn techniques and breathe those painters atmospheres. I love Klimt, my favourite, Paul Klee, abstract expressionism, Pollock, Rothko, Helen Frankehalter. I'm very impressed by Hilma af Klint story.
Which of your works stands out as a highlight, a favorite, or a significant point in your creative growth and development? and why?
There are some. Two in particular made me feel that I could really give something at emotional level to people with my painting. The Golden Ring and The Dark Side of Soul.
What memorable reactions have you had to your work?
Actually, people always congratulates with me for my paintings. Peole who have them at home tell me my artwork it's an inspiring presence. The Golden Ring above was exhibited in Venice and received a very appreciating praise from an old Venetian critic, Giorgio Pilla, whom I never met personally. After having seen the work, he wrote me a letter full of artistic praise and meaningful motivational sentences about my artistic vision.
What advice would you give to your younger or older self?
The past has gone. I can not say "if I started painting before...." because I think that the some of the real value of my paintings is deepness and that is something you can reach only with experiences and age. For future, I'll paint.
What is your artist message, what do you wish to communicate to the viewer?
My message is positive. I'm a positive person. I want people understand that you can always find the good even in the bad and that this is an incredible resource for not to be overcome by life.
What is your dream project?
To paint : ) and cultivate my inner source of colour. If I can find the way to sell my works to people who could really understand them, it's very welcome. I hope this collaboration will help the both of us to reach this goal.