Italian American Artists



Josie Taglienti is a descendant of the 16th century Scribe and master calligrapher, Giovannantonio Tagliente. Inspirations were Oskar Kokoschka, who lectured at the College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, directing students to use more color, which she adequately applied; Marcus Orellius Renzetti, ‘Pop’, in Arden, Delaware, who through long conversations and quick charcoal interpretations was a willing mentor; her parents Carmela and Giuseppe Tagliente, who purchased that paint box and brush so very long ago, and her children, who understood her preference for painting over cooking. Her obsession is intense color, with images drawn from her environment.

Ms. Taglienti has exhibited internationally. She was invited to show her work at the exclusive Florence Biennale (Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea / 2007 / Firenze, Italia). She exhibited 3 scrolls on Egyptian papyrus

Ms. Taglienti is an adjunct instructor of Life Drawing at Paradise Valley Community College, where she heads The Mural Project, organizing student volunteers to paint murals in the community. Taglienti’s accomplishments are listed as Josephine Marlene Tagliente, in Marquis Who’s Who: American Women forward from 1995, Who’s Who In America from 2003, Who’s Who In The world from 2001, and Dictionary of International Biography, 25th edition.

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Angelica Di Chiara-Hardin is a professional full time artist. She was born and raised in a sunny, colorful seaside town among the beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea, and she spent a few years working and attending the University in a pretty city near Venice. She also traveled often throughout Italy visiting her extended family near Florence, Bologna, Torino, Brindisi, Lecce and many other places.

Angelica came to the US in the early 80's, and started painting in 1996. Since then she has taken several Art classes in order to master different mediums and improve her tecniques. Angelica loves and misses the Italian buildings, the colors, the people, the foods, the warm Mediterrenean Sea and the olive trees. Her painting allows her to revisit the lands, colors and sights that are so very familiar and that are such an intrinsic part of her. She travels to Europe and Italy to visit family and friends and spend time there recharging her 'cultural' batteries, while brushing up on the language and collecting pictures and subjects to paint while back in the US. Painting is Angelica's way to go back to the past and a chance to dream up the future while enjoying the present.

Angelica's Artwork is sold in several Galleries downtown Spokane, including the FOX Theatre Gallery, Joel's Gallery and Caterina's. Angelica is also a proud member of the World Artist Directory

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Mariella Pace is an award-winning artist, painter, graphic designer, and poet, born & raised in Sicily and now living in New Jersey, Mariella brings with her the culture and the flavor of the old World.

Mariella recently won an Award for 'Best Portfolio' by the New Jersey Art Directors Club, and an Artist Certificate of Appreciation from the Morristown Courthouse.

Her colorful Illustrations have been published in the Cornell University Engineering Magazine. Mariella is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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Liv Vasi is a third generation Italian-American.

Her great-grandparents came to the United States through Ellis Island from Faicchio, Benevenuto Campania and San Fratello, Messina Sicily.

In addition to her art studies, Liv holds an Associate of Liberal Arts and is currently working on her Bachelor degree – her artistic abilities come natural to her.

Not only does her talent shine in her paintings, she also plays four musical instruments and has a flair for Italian cooking!

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