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Lived/Active: New Jersey / Italy      Known for: illustrator, portrait, animal, whimsy

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The following is from the artist, Mariella Pace

Born July 17, 1960 in Palermo, Italy
Naturalized American in 1980
Resident in Middlesex, NJ
Known for Illustration and Portraiture
Style is a surrealist realism
Methods: Oils, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels

PUBLICATION:
Cornell University Engineering Publication, Fall 1997, 3 oil painting Illustrations for an article on "The Matter of Materials".

New Jersey Art Directors Club Award for "Best Portfolio".

Current Exhibit: "Italian Castles" collection at the Executive Club of Greenbrook, NJ.

BIOGRAPHY:
Mariella Pace was born and grew up in Palermo, the capital of Sicily.
Throughout her childhood she showed a natural talent for drawing and painting; because of that she was sent to the Art Institute of Palermo where she majored in Painting. Mariella was fascinated by the subject of Art History and the Italian Masters and studied their techniques and their lives. Their influence is very present in her work.

Her Art work shows the colors and many symbols and objects from Italy. Living in the United States and watching Italy from a distance is equivalent to seeing it with thick glasses of Nostalgia which is evident in her work. The Italian Castles recent paintings are an exact definition of that. The Castles are shown as bejewelled and glowing in fantastic prismatic colors. The Artist is a dreamer and an Art-escapist of sorts. A fellow Artist stated her work is like "Portals into other worlds". Another stated her work is like "Tattoo Art" in that is very detailed.

The reason for the Art work to exist is the relief from reality and the making of a new, better and dream-like reality in which to find total freedom. Inside a painting the Artist can make people and pets fly, transform, transcend into glowing-edged fantastic figures, anything is possible as long as the beautifying purpose of the subject remains achieved.

In doing a portrait, the goal is the portraying the very spirit of the subject by eliminating some of the damage done by time. The portrait of Louis and Lois Fernandez is a perfect example. The couple is looking intently to the viewer, from a new dimension that shows them at their core, their best, somewhat younger, somewhat thinner. The strong and dense love of colors is equivalent of the strong passion behind the making of the painting. Every painting is a journey and an experiment into something new. Like seeing through the flat surface, like something pouring out from the inside of the canvas out into this world, like meditation, like a prayer is the Art work. If only the painting could be good enough, beautiful and perfect enough, then maybe the Artist's own shortcomings would be overlooked. There's a strong catholic background and a love of discipline with a religious experience-like edge behind the feeling from which the Art work comes to life.

The Illustrations for Cornell University show all of the above plus the element of child-like playfulness that is always present. The Artist refuses to grow up. Some part of her remains the child forever playing in the Mediterranean sea and refusing to come out of the water. And when in bed finally at night, she can still feel the tides, the waves, flowing going over her body, as if still in the water, so much like the sea. A prayer to Angels to come always guide her is her mind's foundation.






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