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; her last personal was in 2006 in Geneva.

In 2004 Giuliana was struck by cancer. She had treatment first in Geneva and then in Zurich, after having moved with Giorgio in 2008 to Wilen SZ. She died in April 2012.

Shortly later, their common project of creating a public interest Foundation became realized. 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.

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, but she never surrendered 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 would have liked to exhibit her work in her new place of residence. That was unfortunately impossible due to her illness.
A retrospective has taken place in Schlossturm Pfäffikon SZ from 19 to 28 September 2014. The retrospective was a homage of Giorgio to her, and a late fulfillment of her wish. The catalog (front cover shown here) is available on request.

Giuliana worked with a variety of media and mixed techniques on canvas, paper, cardboard and wood panels. She also made several etchings. She developed specific subjects, masks and trees among others. Her subjects frequently are half-real or imaginary figures and sceneries. Abstracts constitute a substantial part of her work.

The texture intensity of the paintings is dense, the colour palette is warm and strong. The works make a striking impression on the observer.

The pictures galleries give a glimpse into Giuliana’s fascinating artistic work.

Picture Galleries

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