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Carla Tolomeo

1945 Pinerolo, Italy

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  • About the Artist

Carla Tolomeo is an Italian born artist with an array of skills ranging from painting, engraving, sculpture and ceramics. Later in her career Tolomeo began to focus on the philosophy of “a mutation, in a transformation from any object to an object of art, starting from the most banal and domestic furnishing element: the Chair” – giving her recognition as the "Lady of Chairs”.

Carla Tolomeo was born in 1945, in Pinerolo, Italy. She grew up and studied in Rome where she practiced painting and began her journey as an artist. 

Since her childhood, Tolomeo was encouraged by renowned Italian artist and writer Giorgio De Chirico and, later by Renato Guttuso amongst other artists who appreciated and stimulated her artistic abilities. She directed her art towards painting, engraving, sculpture and ceramics, diminishing boundaries between expressions of art. With the support of these important figures in Italian culture, by 1971 she held her first exhibition in Lugano, Italy inspired by Japanese painting. 

Later Giovianni Testori (Italian writer, playwright, art historian and literary critic) introduced her to the Cavour Gallery in Milan, through her exhibition Le storie di Erodiade. After moving to Milan, Tolomeo began developing her studies on the works of Vittore Carpaccio and between 1976 and 1980 she exhibited across Europe and in the United states. Aside from practicing art herself, Tolomeo taught engraving at the Brera Academy and at the Venetian Academy of Art.

Up until 1997 Tolomeo exhibited her paintings in Europe and the United States. After her last exhibition Tribute to Leonardo, at the Leicester's Galleries in London, she astonished her collectors with her famous Sculptured Chairs.

In her first catalogue dedicated to these sculptures Tolomeo described the philosophy behind them as “a mutation, in a transformation from any object to an object of art, starting from the most banal and domestic furnishing element: the Chair”

As a result of her studies, experience and nonstop desire to learn new techniques, Carla Tolomeo succeeds in transforming her chairs into totems, into something magical that recalls an almost rediscovered childhood, with a hint of malice of those who have lived life intensely.

Works by Carla Tolomeo

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2017

82 x 128 cm

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