About

About

Emmanuele is an Italy-based independent artist, mostly self-taught. Visual Arts have always been his main interest, including photography, drawing, illustration and, ultimately, watercolor painting.

Despite his artistic inclinations he took a degree in Aerospace Engineering and worked abroad for nine years. During all this time he continued spasmodically drawing at night and on weekends.

He attended evening drawing classes while working in Madrid and then basic of oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Como while living in Switzerland. He eventually discovered Watercolor painting in Lugano by chance, attending a course held by Department of Culture of the Canton Ticino. He have painted for a year at night, whatching DVDs and YouTube videos, at home.

“I started thinking about watercolor because of logistical problems: at home we had that time a 3-year-old child and I couldn’t leave my paintings around. Watercolor is quick, it does not smell, it dries in few minutes and the equipment is lightweight and essential, the perfect solution for a family living in a flat. When I started using it I fell in love with it immediately!”

“Why do I love him so much? Well many reasons… The incredible technical challenge, the continuous struggle in controlling the water and for the spontaneity of execution.”

In 2014 he decides to quit his job to devote himself to full-time art and begins to participate in exhibitions in Italy, France and Spain. He keeps on attending watercolor courses with the greatest masters: Chien Chug Wei in Aosta 2015, Joseph Zbukvic in Milan 2016.

Despite this initial success, due to the divorce, he interrupted his artistic activity for three years, until 2019 when, during a trip to France, he met open and friendly people who believed in him, so that he found the motivation to come back painting and bet on his lifetime dream: Art as independent job.

The essence of my watercolor

The works presented in this site are important because they represent a summary artist’s recurring themes

– Sea, that represents his happy childhood in Marina di Camerota, a small fishing village on the Tyrrhenian where he grew up.

– Light, particularly backlights, reflections, sun, everything that recalls light in the most impacting and spectacular forms.

– Florence, the city where he experienced the period of greatest loneliness despite being a source of inspiration.

– His daughter, who was lost due to the divorce, but who represented for him, until they were close, his greatest happiness.

Watercolor school

Emmanuele teaches watercolour technique in his own Art Studio near Florence. He’s available for personal and group classes. He also organizes daily outdoor painting demos and workshops.

Work on Assignment

2016 Wedding design – Creation of original watercolour paintings for a wedding website

2016-2017 Exposition in private holiday residence

Awards

2015 – Armajeur Silver Award

2015 – Bold Brush Online Painting Competition: Outstanding Watercolor Award

2014 – Armajeur Silver Award

2014 – Bold Brush Online Painting Competition: Outstanding Watercolor Award

2014 – Settimo Milanese (Italy) 11th Painting National Contest. – 2nd place of popular Jury.

2014 – Milano, Expo Arte Corvetto, 3rd place

Education

2016 – Watercolor workshop held by Joseph Zbukvic, Milan, Italy

2015 – Watercolor workshop held by Chien Chung Wei, Aosta, Italy

2014 – Portrait in watercolor, course held by Paula Kopestynska, Milan, Italy

2014 – Watercolor workshop held by Keiko Tanabe, Milan, Italy

2014 – Painting School, IED Academy of Fine Arts, Como, Italy

2013 – Oil Painting course held by Fabiola Quezada, Lugano, Switzerland

2013 – Watercolor course held by Antonella Gabrielli, Lugano, Switzerland

2009 – Fine Art School, Taller de Arte Lamina, Madrid, Spain. Drawing of human figure

Membership

AIA (Italian Watercolour Association)