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“There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art; and no better way of connecting with it than by Art”.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

      Eva Antonini was born in Rapperswil (Switzerland), the place of her childhood and adolescence. As a young girl, Eva reveals a natural proneness for molding clay, matter that later will be privileged in the creation of sculptures of medium and large dimensions.

      From 1981 to 1985 she lives in Geneva, where she takes her first steps in the working world, simultaneously pursuing her linguistic education, enriched by a series of journeys and stays in England, Italy and United States with stops in the Middle and Far East.

     In 1985 she moves to the Canton Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) with the intention of refining her linguistic knowledge, particularly in Italian and English.

     From 2002 she definitely plunges into the passion and choice of an artistic life.

Along the way she acquires fundamental knowledge on such matters like clay, plaster, alabaster and marble. Together with specialization courses, she attends studios of master sculptors such as Oreste and Antonio Quattrini, Giorgio Eros Morandini, Giovanni Cimatti and Ettore Greco.

     In 2003 she takes part in the first collective exhibitions and in
   2005 she is the recipient of a Prize for sculpture at the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence.

     In 2006 she receives her first commission for the creation of a bronze sculpture to be placed in an open space.

Her research continues relentlessly, enhanced by the participation in international exhibitions and symposia, which will challenge her artistic stimuli, while she is stepping up her game in front of creation.

Her creative activity becomes more and more impetuous and exhilarating, mainly during nightly silence. The possibility to transfer her ideas and emotions into the material almost obsessively pervades her. A torment alternated by euphoria, especially in front of a completed work, followed by the impatience and ardour to start a new creation. Volumes, harmony of forms, the body’s language, fragility, mystery and expressiveness fascinate her more and more. While working with materials such as marble, alabaster and plaster, her profound and almost ancestral attraction always and regularly leads her back to clay, which despite its toughness, has her predilection.

   The body as the soul’s “translator” into the visible! Following this central theme, Eva Antonini creates body and face fragments, which carry the marks of time, the scars of life. Fragments representing some sort of Life Maps, contemplating the fleetingness of the moment, the transience of life, the metamorphosis between past and present.  

           

   In 2010 and 2012 some of her work is chosen for the exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre, headed by the National Fine Arts Society of Paris.

   In 2018 she officially inaugurates her new and very sizeable studio. The same year she is awarded with a Sculpture Prize by Artemilano.

Her expository curriculum of solo and group exhibitions ranges from Switzerland, to Italy and Spain and from France to the United States.