Romina Illuzzi

I am from Puglia, born in 1977 and I studied at the Bari art school.
My first memories, since I have memory, are with a pencil in my hand and struggling with a portrait.
I trained as a restorer of architectural surfaces, frescoes and mobile works at the Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration in Rome and I managed important restoration sites in Venice for a decade.
But my real passion has always remained painting.
So, when I could no longer do without drawing, I began to take advantage of the daily train journeys to portray anyone with colored pencils in my "mobile atelier".
From there to the watercolor the step was short: I needed to recover the lost years and the watercolor responded to my "urgency" to create.
For some years I have abandoned restoration and I dedicate myself exclusively to my activity as an artist and to the teaching of drawing and watercolor.
My favorite themes are portraits and travel diaries. I am interested in stories and a face must be looked at and told.
While a travel diary is a benign Pandora's box, which collects stories and releases emotions.

What do you love about Borciani e Bonazzi brushes?

I think that my training as a restorer has a weight on my expectations in terms of artistic materials.
In the restoration you can't go wrong, improvisations and unexpected events are not contemplated.
Therefore, I expect it is the variation of the pressure of my hand to determine a change in the stroke left by the brush, and not the flaking of the tip.
That the drawing up of a background is homogeneous and not intermittent, that a thin section can be long because the tip is supported by an adequate tank.
And with Borciani e Bonazzi brushes I have this security.
I also really appreciate the particular shape of the handles of the Unico series, which allow me an open or meticulous brush stroke, with a gesture that is proper to brushes designed for other techniques and finally "loaned" in watercolor.

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