Mico Di Arpo
Master Fresco Artist, United States
Project Creator/Lead Artist
Mico Di Arpo is a muralist and master buon fresco artist specializing in devotional images and depictions of renaissance inspired angels. She is an animal rights and environmental activist and uses her art to create works connected to her activism from a place of compassion. Originally from Boston she works between her studio in New York and her home in South Carolina. Mico has always had an affection for the old masters and at 18 left for Italy to study buon fresco painting in the studio Luigi De Pietro. After 4 summers of studies in Italy she returned to the states and briefly studied fresco painting with Stephen Demitroff, Diego Rivera's assistant. She is the 2006 grand jury winner of the NY international art festival in NYC. She has received grants from Education 21, Artist Fund and the Golub foundation for her museum show at The American Italian museum in NY in 2016. Mico exhibits regularly and gives lectures and demonstrations on buon fresco at museums, art centers and universities throughout the states. Her art work has been published in several magazines. Most recently in Professional artist in 2017 and Edge of Faith in December of 2018. Mico is the founding creator of the Compassion Fresco Project. A large, international public fresco mural taking place in 2020 in the United States about compassion and the plight and resolve of animal abuse. The mural is making history as one of the first buon fresco murals to be created and painted entirely by female buon fresco artists from around the world.
Master Fresco Artist, France
Isabelle Bonzom: Master frescoist Isabelle Bonzom holds a Doctorate in painting and art from the École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Rennes (France) and studied fresco painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, birthplace of the worldwide buon fresco renewal in the beginning of the 20th century. She also studied art history and philosophy at the Sorbonne. As an art researcher, she is a member of ICOM and of the College Art Association. In 2018, she lectured on Goya's rare fresco work at the annual CAA conference as part of a panel chaired by Frick Collection curator David Pullins. Her talk was supported by a grant from the Kress Foundation and dealt with issues of compassion and commitment. Ms. Bonzom has also given talks at the New York Academy of Art and at Baruch College. Isabelle Bonzom is the author of a 160-page book on fresco : "La fresque, art et technique", 2010, Eyrolles Publishing House, Paris. In it, she shares her unique combined expertise as a fresco painter, a fresco teacher and an art historian while providing an unprecedented in-depth study of the relationships between the fresco technique and the iconography. She also rehabilitates the role of Jean Charlot, a Guggenheim fellow who was a major force in the revival of fresco on the American continent. As an artist, Isabelle Bonzom's work aims to foster empathy and harmony in and between people. She creates, practices and teaches fresco without nostalgia. For her, fresco is an ancestral art totally suited for today, especially because it connects people to their environment. Since 1993, Ms. Bonzom has trained hundreds of fresco practitioners from France and other countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and from Australia, notably at the International Center of Mural Art in Saint-Savin, France, and at the École Duperré in Paris. She has painted on walls since 1987 and practiced fresco since 1988 on public and private commissions. She has painted mural paintings in a prison when jointly commissioned by the French Ministries of Justice and Culture. Two years after completion of that project, the inmate rehabilitation program reported better understanding and improved relationships between various generations of prisoners, different social classes, prisoners and guards. The rehabilitation service also found that prisoners and staff appropriated the murals as an integral part of their lives. Later, Ms. Bonzom created mural paintings at the Paul Parquet Foundation, a home and hospital for abused and disabled children. "For the kids, these remarkable and brilliant paintings are a real place of exchange, attention, observation, learning and life," said Paul Parquet Foundation director Joëlle de Roux. Paintings by Isabelle Bonzom are shown in museums, galleries and art fairs, and are held by public museums and collections, private collectors and corporations in France, the United States, Mexico, South Korea and other countries. Ms Bonzom's art is perceived as a loving and constructive vision by critics, philosophers and fellow artists such as iconic American painter Eric Fischl. In his text about her painting, Mr. Fischl writes : "You seem to be saying to me, through the vision of your painting: « If you see a leaf on fire, could you understand love? If you see trees explode with the force of a waterfall, but burn hot with desire, would you finally realize that love has consumed you? »."
Julia Alexandra Mee
Master Fresco Artist, Italy and
JULIA ALEXANDRA MEE is an artist and art historian specialising in traditional mural painting techniques, notably buon fresco and also spirit fresco and its variants, working between her studio in Edinburgh, Scotland and her home in the Tuscan hills in Italy. Her figurative painting explores the character and mood of the sitters, drawing on traditional techniques which are developed and applied to contemporary culture. Born in England in 1975, she trained under her father, the painter and ceramicist Raymond Victor Mee before undertaking a BA Hons in History of Art and Architecture, a Masters in the History of Drawing and subsequently a Fine Art Degree at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze where she graduated with a first with distinction (110 e lode) specialising in fresco painting. She exhibits regularly in Great Britain and Italy and gives lectures, talks, workshops and demonstrations on the technique of buon fresco. Recent lectures and demonstrations include those given to the National Galleries of Scotland, The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy and the new Kirkcudbright Galleries in Scotland. She is currently working on a mural cycle at Marchmont House in Berwickshire, Scotland.
Master Fresco Artist, Italy
Patrizia Gioia Born in 1958, Patrizia graduated with a degree in Chemistry where she worked in the field and subsequently in the computer world as analyst, designer and software reviewer. During this period Patrizia also explored her artistic side taking many classes in pottery, mosaic, gilding and furniture restoration. She fell in love with fresco and after five years studying with fresco master Egidio Cosimato she formed the project Bottega Affresco in 2013. The Bottega is registered in the European Consortium of Historical Re-enactments, C.E.R.S. In 2014 Patrizia won the Italian Medieval Award for her art with the Bottega Affresco project. This annual award recognises those who have distinguished themselves in promoting and enhancing Italian medieval heritage. She wrote and co-produced the documentary, "Patrizia Gioia: The Ancient Art of True Fresco." which was premiered at the prestigious Salone del Restauro-Musei in 2016. Patrizia teaches workshops and gives lectures and demonstrations at medieval festivals, universities and museums throughout Europe. She has led workshops on the fresco technique at the Salone del Restauro in Ferrara (the most important restoration fair in Italy), at Bordeaux in France and in Australia during her artist's residency. Her study in fresco of a detail from allegory of the "Effects of Good government in the city and in the country " by Ambrogio Lorenzetti hangs in Jheronimous Bosch Art Centre Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. At her own atelier she studies and researches the fresco technique, lime paint, colours, mortars and its components with a focus on the historical aspects of the fresco technique and its changes throughout the ages. Patrizia creates frescoes on mobile supports of various eras, particularly of the 14th and 15th centuries and on commission. She is a member of the Italian Lime Forum, a cultural association of public and private realities, which promotes the use of lime, its production and scientific researches on the use of lime in art, architecture and restoration.
Fresco Artist, Italy
Barbara Badetti: Born in 1977 Barbara showed her love for drawing since kindergarten, where she would spend hours colouring. At the age of 10 she began attending optional drawing classes where, aged 13, she met Andrea Sala, the teacher under whose guidance she learnt figurative drawing, dry point and etching, several black&white techniques, oil painting, egg tempera and finally fresco. In 2000 she graduated at Monza Fresco School (founded in 1995 by Andrea Sala) and since then she helped her teacher at the school as an assistant. After graduating in Marketing with full marks and distinction at Milano State University she started working for some small companies as purchase manager, while continuing practicing fresco and another passion of hers: photography. 2015 was a turning point in her life: at Andrea Sala’s death she resigned from her job and decided to dedicate her life to photography – co-owning a photo studio in Milan with another photographer since the end of 2015 – and to fresco: since that year she is in fact secretary of the Associazione Artistica Scuola di Affresco and she works as lecturer and teacher for talks, demonstrations, workshops and apprenticeships at the Fresco School in Monza.
Fresco Artist, France
Anne-Sophie Dumont: Born in 1969 in Paris, Anne-Sophie Dumont began drawing early with her father, a painter, pastelist and restorer. She studied international law, focusing on religious topics, then turned to her passion for art and became interior decorator and decorative painter after training at Ipedec School, in Paris. From 1994, she has developed techniques of decorative painting using effects of trompe l'œil : false marbles, false woods and others. She also works with concrete mortars. Handy with many tools, she often works on construction and restoration sites, in Paris, all over France and others countries in Europe, like the renovation of historic monuments in Paris : Ritz and Crillon luxury hotels, XVII century Lambert Hotel. Strongly attracted by buildings and walls, their physical presence and the need to restore and protect them, Anne-Sophie Dumont has followed a five-year in-depth training course in fresco painting with master frescoist Isabelle Bonzom. "Anne-Sophie is very creative in her frescoes in term of compositions. She masters the technique of the lime mortars on large surfaces of walls. She also shows the team spirit needed for the Compassion project", says Isabelle Bonzom. Anne-Sophie uses the fresco technique as a natural skin, with sensibility and majesty.
Felice Emilia Inindoli
Fresco Artist, United States
FELICE EMILIA INDINDOLI is a board certified, licensed doctor of acupuncture with a background in the arts and literature. In 2002, she took a summer course at RISD to learn the art of buon fresco painting. Shortly after, she began painting small scale buon fresco portraits, landscapes, and still life. Her favorite subjects in the buon fresco medium were children, whose luminous skin and bright eyes are captured perfectly in the interplay of plaster, pigment, and light. She went on to paint a series of frescos called “Painting the Primitive” that explored themes of motherhood and femininity as re-interpreted cave paintings. These small scale works incorporated the natural fresco element of ancient cave paintings found across Europe and highlight the overlap of new subject matter within ancient materials and imagery. Felice’s other work includes a series of oils depicting various abstract beach scenes from Boston’s North Shore called “The Beach Speaks,” and a set of rather darkly humorous acrylics, “Moms on the Edge.” Her work has been shown locally in Massachusetts. After several years’ hiatus from painting, she is deeply grateful for the opportunity to return to the fresco medium.