Stefania Russo

Artist (Italy)
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She is born in Bologna on 11 April 1967, where she studies at Liceo Artistico "F. Arcangeli". In 1987 she gets a Diploma in Graphic Advertising.
She executes her first works at the Restoration School by Ottorino Nonfarmale, in particular in restoration of monuments in Venice.
Back in Bologna, she collaborates with fashion stylists and with advertising agencies. All these experiences enrich and ameliorate her artistic skills and her creativity. She devotes herself to oil painting on canvas and on other supports. Meanwhile her first exhibitions take place. She takes part to various art contests and wins various prizes. Her first personal exhibition takes place in 2000 and wins notable praise.
After a first period characterized by hyperrealism, with paintings executed with oil colors on canvas and with lead and brush, she shifts to a period of research. She prepares her canvases by herself: she uses rough jute, applies scagliola on it, after having nailed it to a wooden panel. The result is a surface similar to a plastered wall, on which she draws with lead, giving particular relevance to chiaro-scuro (light and shadow) effects and spreading a mixture of very watered down pigments. Then she paints with oil colors.
At present she also devotes herself to sculpture, in particular to bronze cire perdue sculpture, to create lamps with glasses designed by herself.
She teaches painting at Centro Culturale Anzolese (Anzola Emilia - Bologna).
Her atelier is in Bologna, via Ghirardini n° 19a.