Ivana Olimpia Belloni, designer and painter from Legnano, started her artistic studies under the guidance of the well known Milanese pastellist Aldo Fornoni. After continuing her studies of the painting skills of ‘800 Italian art, she specialized in the expert art of Lombardy of the’800.
She followed studies on ceramic and sculpture in Milan and in 2002 at the Quattrini Atelier in Varese.
After returning from Australia where she found new spur (exhibition in 1997), she interpreted nature with visions free of scheme through a thick art of matter combining smooth surfaces with rough and opaque ones where light and colour are moduled through a dense network of lines.
In 1998 and in 2000 she was invited to Brande ( Denmark) as the only Italian Representative, to work at the international workshop “ Remise Akademi Brande”. Here she began experimenting the use of different materials and cords, starting the theme of “colour rebellion”.
This theme represents colours that try hard to emerge from a central magma that symbolizes the bitterness of life and the roughness of the world. Only with time they succeed in their purpose drifting away until melting to happiness and freedom.
In these paintings the centre represents the current world where nature with its branches and earth tries with all its strength to emerge from the affliction nowadays caused on the past world, even if sometimes bonds manage to tie it down to the past time.
She has also used antique wooden boards with the purpose to bring them back to life.
Lately she has taken interest in light reflection and refraction. Water has been a long observed element; mirrors have been used to look for new and interesting results.
Under such perspective, trees and swamp vegetation observed from bottom to top, have been painted on long wooden stems placed on basements with mirrors where they can see their height reflected and enhanced. There never is a line that divides the figure or the genista branch from its splitting reflex: looking as if one continues the other wanting to hide something to let the spectator discover some other concealed emotion without knowing which of the two corresponds to reality.
Ivana works in her study in Busto Arsizio (Va) and in Todi (Pg). She teaches painting techniques in her study “ Spazio delle Arti” opened in 2003. It is a cultural association of which she is the president, in Busto Arsizio, where she promotes cultural and artistic activities. She has been working for many years with municipalities and societies as teacher of drawing courses, different painting techniques and study of the nude. She regularly organizes stages in various Italian regions.
She has held conferences on the analysis of artistic passages through the centuries and on the understanding and reading of classic and modern works. She has given guided tours of Brera and the Ambrosiana picture gallery of Milan.
1995 - Solo exhibition at CIRCOLO FILOLOGICO – Milan (Italy)
- Solo exhibition at VILLA VISCONTI BORROMEO LITTA – Lainate (Italy)
- ART GALLERY EUROPA – Padova (Italy)
- SCOLETTA DI SAN ZACCARIA – Venice (Italy)
1996 - Solo exhibition at VILLA POMINI – Castellanza (Italy)
- CIRCOLO FILOLOGICO – Milan (Italy)
- VILLA VISCONTI BORROMEO LITTA – Lainate (Italy)
1997 - Solo exhibition at GALLERY R INV. – Mooloolaba (Queensland, Australia)
1998 - Solo exhibition at "CHELSEA ANTIQUES AND DECORATIVE ART CENTER PTY" - Brisbane (Australia)
- INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP - Brande (Denmark)
- EU OFFICES IN BRUXELLES (Belgium)
1999 - Solo exhibition at CIRCOLO FILOLOGICO - Milan (Italy)
- Solo exhibition at BANCA CREDITO COOPERATIVO - Legnano (Italy)
2000 - INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP -Brande - Denmark
- FIERA CAMPIONARIA INTERN. Bologna (Italy)
- PALAZZO PRETORIO – Volterra (Italy)
- Solo exhibition GRAND HOTEL REGINA - Salsomaggiore T. (Italy)
2001 - Solo exhibition VILLA RECALCATI-PALAZZO DELLA PROVINCIA – Varese (Italy)
- JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER -NEW YORK (USA)
- S. GIOVANNI BATTISTAS’ Church – Pistoia (Italy)
- Solo exhibition GALLERY SPOR - Brande (Denmark)
- Solo exhibition at Hotel WESTIN EUROPA & REGINA – Venice (Italy)
2002 - Solo exhibition at ITALIAN CONSULATE – Lugano (Switzerland)
- Solo exhibition at MEDITERRANEAN CONFERENCE CENTRE – Valletta (Malta)
- ART GALLERY COUVRE PORTE – Vittoriosa (Malta)
- EUROPASTEL EXHIBITION at G. ARPINO CENTRE – Bra (Italy)
- ART AND SCIENCE FOR THE LIFE 2nd edition – Biella (Italy)
2003 - EUROPASTEL EXHIBITION at RUMIANZEV PALAIS – S. Petersburg (Russia)
- EUROPASTEL EXHIBITION at PALAZZO DUCALE – Genova (Italy)
- CASTLE OF MANGO – Mango (Italy)
- INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PASTELS IN FRANCE, P. AUGUSTE ESPACE – Vernon (France)
- Solo exhibition at VILLA VISCONTI BORROMEO LITTA – Lainate (Italy)
- CONGRESS CENTRE – Ravenna (Italy)
2004 - MERCART04 - International art trade - Convention centre Lugano (Switzerland)
- Solo exhibition GALLERIA SANT'ISAIA - Bologna
2005 - VILLA GIULIA -Verbania Pallanza
2006 -Solo exhibition GALLERY NUOVI INVESTIMENTI - Domodossola
2009 - Solo exhibition SAN ROCCO - Lequio Berria (CN)
-Solo exhibition Sala d'Arte Santa Maria-Busto Arsizio (VA)
2010 - Solo exhibition ALEXANDER MUSEUM H.-Pesaro
2011 - ARTEXPO, Lingotto Torino
- CASA DELLE CULTURE DEL MONDO"Intuizione Espressione" - Milano
- Mostra personale MUNICIPIO CERRO MAGGIORE (MI)
- Sede C.D.O.-Saronno
- Mostra personale CHIESA SAN BARTOLOMEO-Barattano (PG)
- Mostra personale ESPACE DEL ARTS - Saint Paul de Vence (Cote d'Azur)
2012 -NATIONAL THEATRE - Abu Dhabi (UAE)
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Reviews from the catalogue “A story of light and air”
By Marina De Stasio
Belloni uses traditional oil paints and more impoverished materials such as sand, and old-fashioned materials like the pure pigments used in frescoes. This combination of the rough and the smooth, the shiny and the opaque, gives her landascapes a sense of vibrancy and life.
Vegetaton is depicted in all its exuberance, at the height of summer and in all its festive glory, however nature is not all grace and beauty, it also has a more strident, rough side, The paintings sometimes have two areas of vision, a background which evokes a dreamlike, visceral nature and a foreground which evokes the hard external world, the concrete.
By Curzia Ferrari
Antonio Tapies, in this trend to create new forms, seems to me to be the best exponent and Ivana Belloni is a close artistic relation.
Whereas Tapies’ creations seem to be “paint only”, having their origins in substance which has been transformed, with a healthy dose of irony, in Belloni’s work passion prevails.
Reviews from the catalogue “Introducing Ivana”
By Stefano Santuari
Accurately methicolous, Ivana gives with her instinctive simplicity a definite evidence of figurative maturity and constant veerings full of breathing matter that show a regenerating motion from abstract to concrete a complete going back to the roots of the earth, a serenely erotic embracing of the primary structures of the world, from which she withdraws new ethereal nourishment.
By Lia Briganti
Ivana has created her own style, immediate and elegant that can be visualized in the portrait and in the nude. One of the unifying elements of her art is the “ movement of sign”.
By Gian Piero Morlacchi
In these works the novelty is the thickening of the surface, the emerging of a polymorphous matter given by an accurate and original technique study, and a creative association with new materials that she has melted together avoiding extrinsic juxtaposition as an attempt to seize, as a philosopher very attentive to the painting world would say, the “ flesh of the world” the invisible in the visible.
Reviews from the catalogue “The mirror and the soul”.
By Bruno Crepaz
In the artist’s research, the mirror is not just a simple perspective game that duplicates reality, a craftiness to look at things from different points of view. She asks herself what is most real: external reality or the image of reality itself created by reflection.
Without any doubt the reflected aspect, due to the fact that it is not an exact copy of reality, is much fuller of meaning, worthiness, ideas and possibility not completely expressed. The mirror has become the vehicle of self consciousness of our most hidden aspects.
The colour research has conducted her to structure a perfect synthesis of figure and background where one and the other interact and melt.
The bibliography and quotations are enclosed in the annual book Comed, in the catalogues Orizzonte, Top Arts, De Agostini , Arte Moderna published by Mondadori, Acca-Roma and in the catalogue “Il Pastello contemporaneo in Europa”.
Were also published monographs “A story of light and air” and “I present Olimpia”.
She has written articles on the “International Artist Magazine” of Sidney about pastel techniques.
Her work has been mentioned by the following newspapers: Il Giorno, Corriere della Sera, La Notte, Sole 24 Ore, Giornale di Vicenza, Gazzettino di Venezia, Araldo di Vigevano, La Stampa, Il Giornale, Archivio, Arte più Arte, La Prealpina, Vivi-Milano, Archivio Arte Moderna Museo Bandera Busto A., The Weekender, The Review, Brande Bladet, International Artist, Herning Folkeblad, Vejle Am Folkebladdet, Borsa e Finanza.
courses & stages
Courses for adults
Nude from life
The main human body techniques will be analyzed. Practice will start from proportion, beginning from a manikin leading to the observation of a model and its representation in various pictorial techniques.
Beginner drawing course and introduction of pictorial techniques
The light and shade study, the shading technique, the study of shape and volume, of proportion, perspective and composition, still life from realia, of landscape and atmospherical perspective.
Preparing colours and different kinds of supports to paint on.
Teaching the correct use of materials introducing and learning the different painting techniques ( pastel, coloured pencils, acrylic, oil, watercolour, ink) with imagine planning and reproducing from life. Reading of paintings from 1400 to contemporaries with projection of slides.
Advanced drawing and painting course
Anatomy and physiognomy study, portraiture and different expression pose analysis. Study of the hand, the foot and the whole human figure. Study in depth of different painting techniques. Teaching in a non representational field.