Would you like to know how it all happened ? ...and WHERE ????
Well , Marialuisa had studied at the famous "Fine Arts Academy" in Brera - Milano ; she had learnt more practicalities in various painters' ateliers , always in Milano : there she perfected her technique and started to express the talent she was born with ....
Oddly enough , she was also attending the Geology University course , which she almost completed ...
But , Life had in store something completely different for her : she met a guy , which was a keen traveller , and , to follow him everywhere , Marialuisa almost forgot her way : she was learning , experiencing , meeting new people , even changing many perspectives ... but she wasn't painting at all ( only a few sketches , now and again , to retain memories and places , to keep head & hands happy ..) .
We would not have seen more of her peinture , if Marialuisa had not landed in CHILE ..: there , in Zapallar , in front of a new sea , surrounded by the warmth one can only experience in a small village where traditions , friendship and trust are values still kept in high regard , it was possible ( indeed , it was imperative ) to resume oils & brushes .... It helped , a lot , to have met a local artist , a self-taught "naive " painter , Arturo Rojo , who , probably gave her good advice , and , above all , a great encouragement . It was 1979 , she was 26 years old and more than ready to become herself ..... In that period , Marialuisa painted everywhere , on any surface she found available ( cardboard was there almost for free ...) ; subjects abounded there : landscapes , marinas and portraits , which , unfortunately , we cannot show here ( they were all sold to local people , and , some , lost in successive moving .... The colours , already bright and vivid , reflected the nature of the place , and , will leave a permanent trace in all the future works .
It didn't last long ( a couple of years ..) , before the appeal of those roaring waves started teasing , again , her desire of adventure and discovery : off she went , setting sail into the Pacific ....following the wake of GAUGAIN .....
....Marialuisa landed in many islands : French Polynesia , Samoa , Fiji , New Caledonia , and , out of the touristy trends , it was TONGA , without electricity or running water , the place chosen to lead a simple , natural life and ....paint !!
From , that period , we can show a couple of small canvases ,dated 1982 : one of a local "beauty", a teenager , and the other , an intriguing portrait of her "landlord" .
Well , until the next instalment ... enjoy those !!
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