From 24 to 26 September, Bergamo will be hosting the second edition of the Storie ad Acquerello festival. This is Italy’s first festival dedicated to the watercolour painting technique. The event was created and designed by Laura Cortinovis, a well-known illustrator and author of children’s books from Bergamo.
Born in 1928, Jean-Paul Marchal grew up among the wood shavings of his grandfather’s joinery workshop. First, he was a primary school teacher and it was only when he retired that he returned to his original passion, drawing. At the age of 55, he took classes at the Image d’Épinal school to learn typography. Very quickly, he honed his techniques and perfected his know-how until his talent was revealed by an art critic who immediately dubbed him the “Imagier d’Épinal”, the picture maker of Épinal.
Chen Liu is an award-winning professional artist working in watercolour. He graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts (now called The Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University). He is also a sought-after dean in School of Fine Arts of Yunnan Art University. His artistic work is dominated by his own intellectual labor, mixing the imagination and reality.
Kailun Quentin Yang
Kailun Quentin Yang, MFA 2020 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is an interdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting. Born in China and living in America, his works reflect the crisis of identity that is a part of an immigrant’s story. During the pandemic lockdown of 2020 he found a renewed expression in watercolour. His recent work reflects a unique perspective on daily life during the pandemic and the surprising happiness he found through his daily diary of watercolours. He exhibits and speaks internationally.
Akiko Tokuda is a Japanese artist based in Tokyo. She studied at the Tokyo Designer Gakuin College. Akiko is a member of the Hakujitsu fine art association (Hakujitsukai) and the Japan Watercolor Society (JWS). Every year she shows her works at several solo and group exhibitions, including the Hakujitsukai, JWS and Nitten exhibition. At the Nitten exhibition, her works have been awarded 7 times. Her works are often featured in arts magazines and she has written various books on the watercolour technique.
Maria Assunta Catelli
Maria Catelli has been studying watercolour painting for about five years, but it is a technique that she has always loved.
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