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Meet Federica Campagnari

Today we’d like to introduce you to Federica Campagnari.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Italy. My passion for Art is imprinted in my genes. Art and music are in both sides of my family. My mother was my first art teacher. She personally knew artists of the new Italian Avangard such as Emilio Vedova and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the poet founder of the Futurism movement. When I went to Middle School and High School through University, Art classes in Italy played a key role in my course of study. Also, I studied traditional oil painting with Maestro Fausto Rinaldi in Verona, Italy.

I exhibited in various venues and galleries in Italy, then I came to Los Angeles and discovered a new thriving art scene. In the early 80’s, I owned and operated my own stained glass studio. I furthered my skills and studied painting and firing of stained glass with Maestro Gianfranco Ghidoli, a Master stained glass artist. I also studied printmaking with Eva Kolosvary. I worked as a freelance textile designer until the late 90’s.

One memorable event I participated to in LA was “The Cotton Exchange Show” (April 4, 1984 – June 6, 1984). More than 200 artists, myself included, from all media, we transformed an abandoned commercial building into a monumental art environment. I still remember the huge crowd at the opening. Also, I had my work displayed at the County Art Museum of Los Angeles, Art Rental Gallery.

Please tell us about your art.
In my work, by utilizing different media and techniques, I am exploring visual elements such as shapes, forms, and colors constantly changing in correlation with emotions, sensations, and perceptions. In particular, in my paintings on canvas or board, I use “velature”, an Italian word from Renaissance times. It indicates thin layers of paint or glazes applied to achieve desired colors effects and forms.

My inspiration comes from personal life changes, a major relocation, and cultural differences. In my composition, I embody landscapes, lines, and shapes that can recall letters and words, and hint of human figures, a reference to my early work. I believe artwork is an extension of my emotions, it’s a dreamlike dimension in which there are no rules and anything is possible.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success from Latin verb “succedere”, means “what comes afterward”, that is “the results after the action”. Rhetorically speaking, success as an artist is to establish connections with galleries, museums, and collectors to exhibit and sell artwork.

But to me success is also being able to use my talent and passion to create, it’s being enthusiastic about what I am doing, it’s what give me a sense of accomplishment after I have completed a painting. Success is to never give up, to believe in yourself, and to stay focused on your own path of creativity and vision.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ll have new work in the upcoming exhibition “Centered on the Center” in Huntington Beach Art Center, from January 26 to March 9, 2019. I am also working in an exciting collaborative project with two other artists. At the end of 2019, we will be exhibiting our completed project at SBC SoLa Gallery in LA (date to be announced).

Send me an email so I can add you to my email list for announcements of future exhibitions. You may check my website and share it with friends.

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Federica Campagnari

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