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Born in 1961 in Paris, Marie AMALIA was born an artist, her mother, Suzy Bartolini, was already well known for her masterful reverse glass painting, and her father, Cyrille Bartolini, is a renowned sculptor. Studying the fine arts at Paris University, and later enrolling the Beaux Arts School of Paris, Marie AMALIA focused her study on the art of sculpture. But after completing her courses, AMALIA decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps, painting in the rare technique, “fixz sous verre”, or “painting on reverse glass”
Exhibiting in European countries such as Belgium, Germany and her native France, AMALIA’S work is also exhibited exclusively in the United States by Edward Montgomery Fine Art in California. Deriving inspiration from fairytales, legends, mythology, and biblical accounts, AMALIA’S paintings reflect a sense of wonder and naivety prevalent in story-telling cultures. Focusing her paintings primarily on animals, AMALIA also paints landscapes and marionettes. Playful and fantastical, AMALIA’S work provides a great escape from the realities of adult existence into a childlike perception of the world that is filled with color and wonder in every glimpse of nature.
First appearing with the invention of glass in Italy, the reverse technique is an ancient one. Beginning with the most meticulous of detail first, the painting is built up in layers, as each new coat conceals what was painted beneath it from the perspective of the reverse side of the glass. AMALIA brings to this technique her own unique approach by taking the painting a step further, not only painting the frame itself but adding a second border within the painting and including gold leaf, giving the final work an additional flair. The patterns AMALIA created throughout the work add to the playfulness of the piece as the painting takes on an illustrative quality. Reminiscent of a favorite children’s book or an obscure dream, Marie AMALIA’S work reminds the viewer of the power of imagination and enables the observer to take part in the idyllic world she has created.
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