Born in Montreal, Canada, but now a resident and married for the last 33 years to an Italian, or rather, a Sicilian, and living on the beautiful island of Sicily for the last 34 years.
After starting to paint on porcelain as a hobby and then going on to doing a 4 year course and getting a “Master's in the Fine Art of China Painting” specializing in impressionism on porcelain, I decided I wanted to do something that represented the country that I have been living in for the last 34 years. I decided I wanted to use what our local volcano Etna produces; nothing other than lava rock. I began to esperiment and after I learnt on my own how to put a ceramic base on the lava rock, I began to apply my porcelain knowledge to the ceramic and came up with new and different techniques. This technique came to the interest of a museum who has bought one of my pieces and it is now on permanent display. I am constantly experimenting and have also begun to teach these techniques to people interested in painting on this lava rock.
Besides paintings on lava rock, I have begun to design and make lamps and furniture accessories out of lava rock. You can find these interior desing pieces on my FB page “Art and Design on Lava Rock by Kathleen Pio.” Look for me on Twitter and Google plus as well.
Here on FAA I have included also paintings that I do (on the side) in oil, or acrylics or watercolor. Lately, I am really getting into watercolors and think that it might become a very important medium to me. I also like to take pictures and have included them on my profile because I think they make pretty greeting cards or posters, or whatever you choose to make out of them.
If you want to know more about my art please feel free to e-mail me and I will be more than glad to answer your questions.
I would also like to point out that no watermarks (the print Fine Art America) will not appear on any of your prints; they are on here for security reasons only.
Thank-you for visiting my page and here is my curriculum for those who are interested. here is my curriculum:
2009 Collective Art Exibition - Belpasso "l'Associazione Culturale Csain Arti Sicilia"
2010 – Received a “Master's in the Fine Arts of China Painting” - (a 4 year course in impressionism on porcelain)
Member of the Association for Italian Decorators and Teachers on Porcelain (A.I.D.I.P.P.)
2010 – Personal Art exibition in the Galleria D'Arte Garcès – Rome, Italy
2010-2011 – Permanent display for 1 year of my porcelain art in the Garcès Gallery in the city of Rome, Italy
2011 Sicilia Arte - 1° Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Moderna e contemporanea a Etnapolis (CT), represented by the "Galleria Firme d'Autore" ( 1°International Art Exibition of Modern and Contemporary Art in the city of Catania, Italy, and I was represented by the art Gallery “Firme d'Autore)
2011 – Invented a new technique on ceramic based lava rock
2011 - Internazionale Art Exibition in the city of Milo, in Sicily (Italy) and sponsored by the "Galleria Firme d'Autore"
2012 - (2nd - 4th of June) Convention Azzurra - city of Varese (Italy)
2012 – (June) - Award from the museum of "Arti del Fuoco" (The Firing Arts) and from the city of Nova, Milanese (Italy)
2012 – The Museum of “Le Arti del Fuoco” in the city of Nova, Milanese (Italy), bought the piece they had given me an award for and it is now on permanent display in the museum
2013 - (February) Art exibition in the city of Milan at HobbyCeram ArtFactory
2013 – (May) – Taught specialized course at HobbyCeram, (Milan) on the new technique that I have developed on ceramic based lava rock
2013 – (Giugno) – The art exibition of “Ritmi D'Arte e Scienza” of Rita Levi Montalcini displayed artworks of mine on lava rock contemporarily with her exibition