Ivana olimpia belloni

My current artistic focus has “Reality” as its main topic. Reality acquired through deep knowledge of myself by observing my reflection through the mirror, an extraordinary tool that has allowed me to grasp many new angles and situations. I have portrayed myself full-size on a transparent surface obtaining a peculiar result: a figure with gigantic feet. I have also painted myself on a mirror, placed on a green field and about to take off in the sky. Perhaps this is a feeling of transgression toward the more canonical interpretations of my figure in Reality or, perhaps it might even be a splash of madness added to the desire of experimenting with mirrors which have always fascinated me so much. I wonder if the mirror reflects reality or maybe it flips it showing us another picture, allowing us to see angles and perspectives otherwise too foreign and difficult to even picture.

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. 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.


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” , “I present Olimpia” and “Ivana Olimpia Belloni” 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.

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