Italian Elisa Zorzi showcased the Barbadian landscape through her eyes last Saturday night during her exhibition titled Solo.
This marked Zorzi’s second art show since she took up residence in Barbados in 2015 to work full time as the finance and contract manager for the European Union (EU). Although she is a lawyer, a notary legal expert to be exact, Zorzi’s abstract art allows her to delve into her emotions and the creativity in her veins to combust onto the canvas.
During her travels across the globe, whether it be Brussels, Mumbai, Hong Kong or Belgium, Zorzi has always emptied her home and transformed it into a gallery for others and be intoxicated by the beauty of her work.
Solo displayed 21 pieces of work that she painstakingly worked on throughout the year. Family, friends and invited guests saw her talent that has been fuelled by dedication, discipline and practice. Unlike her 2017 show entitled White and Black, she highlighted the culture and ambiance of Barbados with splashes of colour and also included materials found on the island such as palm trees.
“In the abstract there is something from the island and inspiration is from the island… I try to paint the emotion, the colours and I translate with my characteristics and my skills,” Zorzi told Bajan Vibes.
Her infatuation with art started when she was a child. Her teachers noticed that she was talented, and she participated in and won a number of competitions. With no formal education except teachings from her friend Vanessa Marchand, the gallerist of AVWORKS-AVARTS, Zorzi developed as an abstract artist. Her first exhibit in France was last minute. She was a newly minted artist but her friend Marchand requested that she complete seven paintings. She sold six paintings that day.
After the success of the exhibit, Zorzi felt that she found her true calling, to be an artist, but Marchand encouraged her to paint as a hobby.
“She said you are to do your work and when you have free time to paint, practice,” Zorzi explained, adding that painting has allowed her to express her thoughts and creativity.
The 46-year-old went on to share that she was surprised at the abundance of artistic talent in Barbados. However, she felt that more needed to explore abstract art.
“The art is really developed and you have a lot of artists. I was astonished that in this little island there are so many artists, they want to produce and they are trained in art [but] there are not a lot of artists in abstract,” she commented. (KK)