Ulrike Belloni

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Ulrike Belloni

Italy

Ulrike Belloni is an italian fine artist based both in Milan and in Santa Maria di Leuca, the southermost point of Apulia region in the south of Italy. 

Born and raised in Milan, she graduated in politics and history and traveled to Asia, north Africa and South America painting travel diaries. 

She moved to Florence to learn the painting techniques of the Old Masters, undertaking a rigorous training at Charles H. Cecil Studios for a number of years. 

Cecil taught her the beauty and technique of drawing and painting from life, under natural light and to the scale of life following the sight-size method whereby image and subject are placed side by side at a distance in order to perceive the whole. 

During the painting process, Ulrike observes the sitter and the canvas from a distance, she walks towards the canvas to make her mark and goes back again to observe the image from far away, constantly revaluating and modifying the impression created on the canvas. This technique is the language of the eye, allowing the artist to perceive and hopefully catch the ever changing subtleties of nature. 

Constantly returning to Velasquez, Van Dyck and Rembrandt, as well as more modern painters like John Singer Sargent and James Abott McNeil Whistler, Ulrike continues to refine her painting skills. 

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