Hemingway's House, Key West, Florida, Antohi, Micaela (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library
Micaela Antohi is an Italian contemporary artist. A trip to Romania in 1968 inspired her to paint. On that trip Micaela was struck by the chromatic beauty and simplicity of the icones painted on glass. Colour has been at the basis for her work. The brilliance that the glass gave the colours and the essential simplicity of the symbolism of the icones are at the root of her style. Through the continuous exploration of colour she moved from religious scenes to representations of the traditions of Southern Italian people and their farming culture. Then came more exotic scenes from her time in the Carribean and Asia. The South of England has inspired many of her more recent paintings. The positive brilliance of the colours remains at the centre of all her art. Its luminosity and brilliance is adapted to reflect the light of the country she paints. Micaela loves to experiment with different media and techniques - from glass to wood panel, to fabric, to paper, to linocuts.