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The Art of Josephine Dionisotti

Swiss artist Josephine Dionisotti paints it as she feels it, her creations dependent on the mood of the moment.

Whether it’s dancers in flight, an abstract forest scene, or a work in wax, Dionisotti’s pieces show her exhilaration for life and her love of unstrained movement.

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Dionisotti — a member of the UNESCO-affiliated International Association of Art and the Saint Paul de Vence collective – lives in Monaco, where her work is frequently exhibited.

Dionisotti’s pieces have also been on display in such international venues as the International Contemporary Art Exhibition (Lausanne); Galerie EMP Art-Reflexions (Nimes); and the Salon d’ Automne (Tel Aviv).

From now (April 18th) until April 30th, Dionisotti is showing again, with sculptor Martine Wehrel, at Galerie La Vieille Forge (Place du Tilleul) in Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

Below we talk with the artist and display her colorful, fluid pieces for your buying and viewing pleasure.

To learn more about Dionisotti’s work, please contact her at josephine.dionisotti@gmail.com

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1. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?

Not developing jet lag after visiting Los Angeles.

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2. What’s your favorite movie? 

1998’s La Belle Vie with Roberto Benigni.

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3. What’s the biggest risk you took in life?

Getting married.

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4. If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?

I would have finished my university studies.

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5. Tell us your favorite quote:

If you think that adventure is dangerous .. boredom is deadly!

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6. What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

I have all the faults of my qualities.

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7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?

Every day you should find a reason to say thank you.

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8. Who’s your favorite celebrity? And why?

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Bertrand Piccard. He comes from a Swiss family of pioneers. A psychiatrist, and an aeronaut, he is known to have flown around the world aboard the balloon Breitling Orbiter with his co-pilot Brian Jones. This year he will attempt the fly around the world with a solar plane with driver André Borschberg. The name of the program is Solar Impulse …. Piccard is a leader who knows how to motivate and inspire others through his courage and enthusiasm.

Let me give you a couple of his sayings:

“The most renewable energy we have is our own potential and our own passion”; and

“ Adventure in the 21 century consists of using human ingenuity and pioneering spirit to develop the quality of life.”

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9. What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?

I have a phobia of lying , but no superstitions.

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10. Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote or discuss?

The most important thing is to enjoy making art, not the result, and to accept the loss of control, to adapt and regain it.

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Oh, and a bonus curve question or two (Answer as many or as a few as you like ). . .

a. When and why did you become an artist?

I think we are born with it, it’s not a part-time attitude. But I really discovered that I was an artist through the eyes of others who consider me being an artist .

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b. What is your favorite medium (oil, watercolor, wax) and why?

No taboo … I like absolutely all possible mediums. I have a good practice of watercolor and mastery of oil techniques. These techniques are the basis for transparency and relief.

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c. What should people look for when buying a piece of art?

They should think that the piece of art is going to be in their home … it should support their dreams, their beliefs, and bring fun and a sense of joy according to their soul.

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d. What artists have served as your inspirations? And why?

Caravaggio is a master in the art of light and shadow;

Dali for his technical mastery and his surrealist spirit;

Magritte for his effective and direct humour; and

Folon for the poetry of his work.

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e. What advice would you give anyone looking to become an artist?

First, I think we all have an artistic talent, which is precious, but we must discover which one … It could be obvious. One could be a composer of music, a painter, a sculptor, a photographer, a writer … but a person could also have a talent to feel compassion and be concerned for others … in fact, it could be anything that is done with heart and passion.

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Images courtesy of Josephine Dionisotti