Tiziana Epis

ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

Native of Milan,Italy, art has been present in my life since I was born.
I believe in the improvisation and spontaneity of gestural painting and free brushstrokes as a way to convey the beauty of figurative and non-figurative images and provoke an emotive response. I strive, through my works, to communicate excitement using color, transparency and organic materials as Japanese papers, cardboards, newspapers, burlap, etc, as a way to visually enrich the content in my paintings.

Gallery 2010-2015

2015:Untitled I, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2015:Self-portrait II, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2014:Maze, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2014:Metallic 1, Mixed media on canvas, 30x48

2014:Metallic 2, Mixewidth="100%"d media on canvas, 36x36

2013:The Kite, Mixed media on canvas, 36x48

2013:Venezia, Mixed media on canvas, 36x48

2013:Yellow, Mixed media on canvas, 36x48

2013:Garden, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2013:Gershwin, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2012:Black Dove, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2012:Foliage, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2012:Artichoke Flower, Mix. med. on canvas, 40x30

2012:Blue II, Mixed media on canvas, 24x24

2012:Downtown, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2011:Musical Instrument, Mixed media on canvas, 36x48

2011:Tsunami, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2011:The Wall, Mix. med. on canvas, 48x48

2011:Untitled I, Mixed media on canvas, 30x48

2011:Untitled II, Mixed media on canvas, 30x48

2010:After the rain, Mixed media on canvas, 36x48

2010:Knowledge, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2010:Lost paradise, Mix. med. on canvas, 36x36

2010:El Matador, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2010:The wreck, Mixed media on canvas, 24x24

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Gallery 2005-2009

2009:Musicale, Mixed media on canvas, 48x60

2009:Future, Mixed media on canvas, 48x60

2009: Life, The Beginning, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2008:Sacred and Profane, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2008:Studies on Linen 5, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2008:Studies on Linen 4, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2008:Studies on Linen 3, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2008:Studies on Linen 2, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2008:Studies on Linen 1, Mixed media on canvas, 8x8

2007:Red, Mixed media on canvas, 24x36

2007:White, Mix. med. on canvas, 36x36

2007:The Circle of Life, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2007:Blue, Mixed media on canvas,36x36

2007:Black, Mixed media on canvas, 24x36

2006:Untitled 2006, Mixed media on canvas, 2x48x60

2006:Machines, Mixed media on canvas, 36x48

2006:Birth of Venus, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2006:Sophia, Mixed media on canvas, 48x60

2005:City Lights, Mixed media on canvas, 36x48

2005:Untitled I, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2005:Harbour, Mix. med. on canvas, 36x48

2005:Rhythm, Mixed media on canvas, 2x36x24

2005:At the Five Lands, Mixed media on canvas, 24x24

2005:Shell III, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2005:At the Border, Mixed media on canvas, 2x48x30

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Gallery 2000-2004

2004:Fragments I, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2004:Fragments II, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2004:Fragments III, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2004:Palcoscenico, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2003:Red and Green, Mixed media on canvas,48x48

2003:Sweet Dreams, Mixed media on canvas, 48x30

2003:Thoughts, Mixed media on canvas, 40x52

2003:Countryside, Mixed media on canvas,36x36

2002:The Horse, Mixed media on canvas, 52x40

2002:Sea Shell II, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2002:Sea Shell I, Mixed media on canvas, 24x30

2002:People, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2001:Untitled I, Mixed media on canvas, 48x60x48

2001:Untitled III, Mixed media on canvas, 32x48

2001:Selfportrait, Mixed media on canvas,48x48

2001:Untitled II, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

2000:Presence, Mix. med. on canvas, 36x36

2000:Tango, Mixed media on canvas, 48x36

2000:The Moon in Love, Mixed media on wood, 36x30

2000:America II, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

2000:Femmininity, Mixed media on canvas, 2x30x48

2000:The Warrior, Mix. med. on canvas, 48x36

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Gallery Before 2000

1999:Pink and Blue, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

1999:Encounter, Mixed media on canvas, 48x36

1997:Dream, Mixed media on canvas, 40x30

1996:Autumn, Mixed media on canvas, 30x20

1994:Halloween, Mixed media on canvas, 28x22

1992:The Couple, Mixed media on canvas, 36x24

1999:The Cardinal, Mixed media on canvas, 48x30

1998:Orange Sky, Mixed media on canvas, 36x36

1996:Abstraction, Mixed media on canvas, 24x20

1995:Seated Woman, Mixed media on canvas, 48x36

1994:Edoardo, Mixed media on canvas, 40x30

1999:People, Mix. med. on canvas, 2x48x36

1998:My Garden, Mixed media on canvas, 36x20

1999:America I, Mixed media on canvas, 48x48

1995:The Village, Mixed media on canvas, 48x36

1993:La Spiaggia, Mix. med. on canvas, 48x48

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Drawings

Lui di Spalle

Il Bell'Antonio

Il Meticcio

Il Vizio

Lei in Giallo

Nudo di Donna

L'Alieno

Bella con Orecchino

Il Bizantino

Studio per Autoritratto

L'Attesa

L'Inchino

L'Indiano

Studio in Bianco e Nero

Contrasto di Immagini

Il Drappo Rosso

Opulenza

Studio per David

La Poltrona Nera

Lionella

La Sfera

Donna di Fronte

Il Malato

Il Riposo

Nudo di Uomo

Verticalita'

L'Ombra Arancio

Lei di Spalle

L'Harem

La Dormiente

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Education and Exhibits

EDUCATION :
- Private lessons in Milano and Monza (Italy) from 1965 to 1982
- Fine Art Colleges, Phoenix, Arizona, from 1982 to 1988
- Fine Art Colleges, Dallas, Texas, from 1988 to 1995
- Private drawings lessons with Ellen Soderquist, Dallas, Texas, from1988 to 1995
- Seminario De Estudios De Sargadelos, Spain, August 2000
- Fine Art Colleges, Phoenix, Arizona, from from 1995 to today

SOLO EXHIBITS:
- Fondazione Marco Mantovani , Milano, Italy, May15th-19th 1999
- Galleria Sargadelos, Milano, Italy, September 16th- October 6th 1999
- Consolato Generale of USA, Milano, Italy Oct 7th-Oct 27th 1999
- Castello di Tolcinasco, Italy, March 11th 2000
- Garlenda, March 18th 2000
- Tenuta di Margara Italy, April 8th 2000
- Croara Club House, Italy, May 13th 2000
- Antico Monastero di Luvinate, Italy, May 18th 2000
- Le Robinie, Italy, May 25th 2000
- Castello di Carimate, Italy, June 21st 2000
- Franciacorta, Italy, June 28th 2000
- Molinetto Club House, Italy, July 6th 2000
- Villa D'Este, Italy, September 7th 2000
- Palazzo Arzaga, Italy, September 28th 2000
- Ambrosiano, Italy, October 4th 2000
- Meyers Art Gallery, Scottsdale Az, Usa , July 2005

GROUP EXHIBITS:
- Inventario Spazio Auditorium, Italy March 15th-April 29th 2001
- Gammage Auditorium, Phoenix Arizona, February 18th-April 4th 2004
- Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, February 2005
- Rive Gauche, Scottsdale, Arizona, June 2009
- Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, Arizona: "Alive" April-May 2010
- Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, Arizona: "Point of
Pride" May-June 2010

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Critiques

Marco Mantovani is a famous sculptor, owner and founder of Fondazione Mantovani in Milano (Italy)

"I have decided to host in my Foundation the paintings of Tiziana Epis after I noticed and admired the decision of the style and the vigour of the colour.
Without any doubt her artistic growth has been strongly influenced by the bright environment loaded of hues like the one of the American desert that surrounds her house in Arizona. In her paintings an innate talent has found an easy expression of freedom from themes clearly figurative, themes that the artist has skilfully hidden under the transparencies of collages and enriched with a lively and personal palette. At the same time, in the fifty drawing presented at my Foundation, we can notice the confidence of the hand of an artist technically well preapared, who with a single stroke, without any separation of the charcoal from the paper, gives a perfect profile of opulent woman with perfect forms.
In my Foundation I often hosted young artists, at their debut, and I have several times contributed to the launching of young talents. Tiziana Epis is not a newcomer in fine art, but she desired a prestigious starting point, for a world wide tour of exhibitions in Europe, and I ,with my Foundation, have been glad to offer it to her.
The Raffaele De Grada presentation and the De Michelis comments made in a conference held in the showroom where the exhibit "I colori e i collage di Tiziana Epis" has been hosted, have indeed confirmed that the choice cannot be more correct and that once again I have identified an artist of sure success.
My intentions, in the Foundation future, are focused to find a definitive and perennial residence for my sculptures and for the works of artists, who in several years, left here a mark of their passage. I'm sure that the Tiziana's one will continue to raise emotions thanks to the confidence of her stroke and to the courage of her colors"
MARCO MANTOVANI

Raffaele De Grada is a fine art professor and worldwide authority as fine art critic. He lives and work in Milano (Italy)

" I'm here to present Tiziana Epis and I should say that I like this artist, in the sense that I saw immediately that there are in her the qualities of a painter. And this is very important. What does it mean? When we put together one colour with another one and we give a tonality to the painting, the painter does this with a criteria that is not only improvisation but also study. So, each of these paintings has value for what is the ability of the artist to put the colours together in the way that the whole complex has a meaning....From her painting we can understand that Epis, facing the reality has found the way that allows to forget it and to assume a vision more general and more emotive. She is arrived , with an ability that I should say quite exceptional, to make these last works where, playing with the rice paper, with a collage that never prevails to the painting itself, she succeeds to make works that give pleasure. Great pleasure. And this is the point : the art should, in first place, give us pleasure as well as be an element of decor in an environment, in a situation. ... From the time Kandinsky said that " it's useless to paint from the window some carriages that go by. It's enough to assume the general concept and give it back with a pictoric fantasy", there has been really a lot of abstract painting.. But when the art history seemed heading firmly this way we find artists like Matisse, like Picasso, like so many others that do have value and are instead absolutely figurative. So, our century is not the century of the abstract but the one where all these positions meet and cross each other.
...On the other room I saw a painting that recalled me Rothko, an American artist of great name, who used to paint these planes of colour, one close to the other, making of them his artistic flag. Instead we see that Epis left these ideas, that were coming from her good knowledge of the American fine art, and embraced a concept more European of the painting, more elaborate, more refined like the one coming from the great masters (Braque etc.) This is why, looking to these paintings, you should have the conscience that you are looking ..to an artist who has indeed elaborated a concept of style and has carried it to these last experiences that are really positive. For exemple with the red painting the third one from the end of the room ("America I, ndr). Here is Tiziana Epis!"
RAFFAELE DE GRADA

Lorenzo Q. Bonini is a professor of fine art and one of the most famous critics in Italy. He works and lives in Milano (Italy)

"...Coming back to the research subject that the painter Tiziana Epis, that I had the pleasure to know, her painting is tied to the search of "Informel". It's connected therefore to the big subject of Informel, born in the Unites States in the '40s at Woodstock with De Kooning and then transferred in Italy. The "Informel" was binded to the literature...literature that has been written in France by Jean Paul Sartre.
...Here : Epis has collected in America this school, this way of performing and representing. Her paintings are islands that are joined together as compages, connections of situations realized with the contributions of different materials, not only of painting as such, but through the usage of Japanese transparent rice paper and large collages.
When I entered this room I saw this painting ("Pink and Blue", ndr) that remembered me the painting of a great French of Russian origin whose name was Sergej Poliakoff. He was a great artist, one of the greatest artist of the European "Informel". Now, Epis has collected and carried, through the exibit at the "Fondazione Mantovani", followed by the one at the "Galleria Sargadelos" and today here at the Consulate, she carried these pages, that are pages of memory of this fracture between "Informel" and figurative, of this williness of recovery of the man dignity.
...Today is easy to say:" I do research and I can demonstrate to you that my painting, even if not pleasant, is interesting and intelligent". All this can be said and done but it's the perseverance and the work that Epis succeeded to do, to put in comparison one painting with the other that becomes, after all, the judgement of the other paintings...
....the critic point is never expressed by the critic himself that does it as profession, but it's expressed in the whole set of works of the painter.. A work of art can judge another work of art..I wanted to say with this that I congratulate you, dear Tiziana, very much and I invite you to continue in this search. We will stay in touch. And at the next exhibit I want to be the one to present you at the vernissage...
LORENZO QUINTILIO BONINI

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