Felicita Bianchi Duyne’s artistic creation is based on a direct confrontation with nature. It’s not primarily the landscape as such that finds thematic expression in her works, but rather the subjective perception of it. Experiences and observations of nature, which is constantly changing, are preserved in the medium of painting.
A visual language that tends toward the abstract is characteristic of Bianchi Duyne’s works. One can partially make out stylized representations of vegetation such as branches, leaves or blossoms which are carved into the wet painting material, almost like an act of writing. Some works are dominated by pure color fields, which are only connected to reality through their titles, like the painting Ricordando Tinos, made in 2017.
For her finely nuanced compositions in natural and pastel tones, Bianchi mainly uses natural pigments, ash, earth, chalk or sand, which she brings back to the studio from her travels to the sea or the desert. These natural materials, which are associated with specific places and memories, are applied to the image carrier with brush, spatula and sieve and contribute significantly to the poetic effect of the paintings.
Born in 1958 in Zurich, Felicita Bianchi Duyne spent most of her childhood in the Canton of Ticino before moving to Lausanne where she completed her education as an occupational therapist. She strengthened her painting skills in London during the 1990s, where she also prepared for her first solo show in the Canton of Ticino. From 2002 to 2008 Bianchi Duyne gave lessons in graphic and pictorial techniques at the Scuola superiore medico tecnica (SSMT) in Lugano. Her works are regularly shown in Switzerland, in neighboring countries and in the USA. Bianchi Duyne lives and works in Ponte Capriasca, Canton of Ticino.