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Antonietta Varallo | Plein air painter

Born in Talsamo (Taranto province, Southern Italy) and a livornese adoptee, Antonietta Varallo approaches painting when she was just fifteen. Varallo, for one year, attended at the Free Academy "Trossi-Uberti" directed by Voltolino Fontani, then the maestro Luciano Torsi has been her guide up to her artistic maturity after eighteen years of teaching.
On 1976 Varallo won the first prize "Chimera" held in the city of Arezzo (Tuscany).
Nowadays she’s still a honorary professor of the Academy of "Machiavello" in Florence as well as in the Academy "G. Marconi" in Bologna.

The pictorial anthology of Antonietta Varallo is essentially and mostly determined by nature: her gardens full of flowers and the enchanted landscape of Tuscany, the triumphant moltitude of colours is the proof of "how" this artist (imaginative and highly talented) is able to surprise and evoke some unique and forgotten feelings.
In her paintings the time is not still, rather it’s suspended in a surrealistic atmosphere which
bring us to tender scenarious in pastel tones and romantic sights that are very appreciated and loved in Tuscany.
Although her style is extremely naive, she elaborates reality staying far away from the mere
description: she re-invents images, she shows suggestive visions and chromatic charms where silence is often the main character.
This calm invaded by seagulls, closed gates, old wisemen, cutted trunks on the seashore and branches soaked in misty; the "scenario" is wrapped in faded tones, with some pearly-grey, blue and blured pink tones which infuses in the observer a sort of attraction, a sort of familiar relationship given by the immutable time features. That’s what the author’s mind expresses on her canvas.
Antonietta lives and works in Livorno, where is a well-known member of the artistic community, but she prefers to stay in a separated and solitary place. 
Anyway, this intimacy is far to be merely considered an isolation desire but, on the contrary, her depicted characters are the most precious vehicles for her feelings.
From time to time she personally reflects on her own about the common life events and then offers them us. Undoubtedly this original method (her own method!) has contributed to the formation of her pictorial career that’s hardly classifiable in some of the latest, fashionable "...ism".

Biographical notes and Awards:
  • Honorary professor of the "Machiavello" Academy of Florence; Honorary professor of the "G.Marconi" Academy of Bologna, quoted in "Dizionario pagine d’Arte", 1979;
  • First prize at "Chimera" award of Arezzo city, 1976; 
  • Second prize in "Il Cavalletto" award, 1984;  
  • Second prize in "Fantasie di primavera" award, 1986.

Varallo took part to several contests and awards where she always obtained a wide appreciation by the critics and public.
She exhibited her works in Italy: Suvereto, Vicenza, Camp Darby, Siena, Piacenza, Bari, Pisa, Lerici, Marina di Massa, Forte dei Marmi, Levanto - and many of them are actually in important, private collections all over the world, especially in Japan, United States and Germany.

Nata a Talsano in provincia di Taranto ma Livornese di adozione, Antonietta Varallo si accosta alla pittura appena quindicenne. Allieva alla libera Accademia "Trossi Umberto" di Voltolino Fontani per circa un anno, passò poi sotto la guida del maestro Luciano Torsi con il quale ha ottenuto la maturità artistica nell’arco dei diciotto anni di insegnamento. Nel 1976 vince il 1° premio "Chimera" città di Arezzo.
Tutt’oggi la Varallo è professoressa onoraria dell’Accademia del "Macchiavello" di Firenze e della "G. Marconi" di Bologna. L’influenza degli aspetti della natura è il parametro che determina in maniera prevalente ed essenziale l’antologia pittorica di Antonietta Varallo.
I suoi giardini fioriti, i suoi paesaggi Toscani incantati, le moltitudini di colori velati che trionfano sui suoi quadri sono la consapevolezza che questa Artista, dotata di grande talento e fantasia, riesce a sorprenderci e a farci riscoprire sensazioni uniche che forse avevamo dimenticato da tempo. Ma il tempo qui non si è fermato, è solo sospeso in un’atmosfera surreale che ci porta a scoprire morbidi paesaggi, pastellati colori, romantici scorci, di quella Toscana che tutti amiamo. Sue opere si trovano in collezioni private negli USA, Giappone e Germania.