A Short but Intense Life as an Artist

Giuliana Ippoliti, an Italian citizen and a physics graduate, lived and worked in Geneva from 1972 to 2007, together with her husband Giorgio Stefanini, physicist at CERN. She was a teacher of mathematics and physics in the Cycle d'Orientation (secondary school). In 1992 she discovered her talent and her passion for painting and soon she dedicated herself entirely to that activity. After basic training, she attended workshops and classes, in particular in Lausanne and London. She did several exhibitions, the last of which (a personal) was in 2006 in Geneva.

In 2004 Giuliana was struck by cancer. She had clinical treatment first in Geneva and then in Zurich, the region to which she had moved with her husband in 2008. She died in April 2012, shortly before the achievement of their common project - to create a public interest Foundation. The Giuliana and Giorgio Stefanini Foundation started its activity in August 2012. The Foundation supports targeted projects in the domains of cancer research and treatment, visual arts and classical music.
Giorgio has collected Giuliana's works and made a detailed catalogue. A retrospective exhibition will take place in Schlossturm Pfäffikon SZ
from 19 to 28 September 2014.

Giuliana's works will be bequeathed to the Foundation.

For any question, please contact Giorgio.

Giuliana's Work

Giuliana did most of her work from 1994 to 2004. She never gave up to illness; during certain therapy periods she was forced to rest, but when she felt better, she resumed working with vigor. She had her own atelier in Geneva until 2007.

Giuliana developed many themes. Besides academia drawings, still life and portraits, she worked on specific themes (masks and trees, among others) and especially abstracts, which form the bulk of her work. Her subjects frequently are imaginary figures and landscapes. Even real subjects, however, are sometimes transformed into imaginary ones by the composition, the perspective or the choice of colours. She used a large range of materials and media, from pastel to oil, with a preference for acrylics. She liked to experiment with mixed media and techniques. She also made several etchings.

There is no attempt here to present her work as a coherent development of a vision or philosophy. Art is about emotions. Giuliana expressed her inner feelings in painting. She worked with passion and energy. She gave the utmost attention to grounds, on canvas as well as on other supports, and she had a palette of striking, vibrant colours.

Some of Giuliana’s works can be seen in the pictures galleries of this website. This small selection can hardly render the stunning impression when viewing a larger collection of the real works, but it gives a glimpse into Giuliana’s fascinating artist’s world. Welcome to explore her world and her feelings.

Picture Galleries

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