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HELLO!

I grew up surrounded by the beauty of Italy, which had a meaningful impact on my childhood that led to developing my interest in art and illustration. My approach to shapes and colours began when I painted two little clowns with the oil colours my dad gave me. I guess those clowns had at some point reached their circus, leaving me the gift of sharing my dedication for recreating those magical and joyful childhood moments.

I am mostly inspired by nature, travel and art. You can see how these muses are embodied in my illustrations and surface pattern design. My artistic style evolves and takes surprising directions. Exploring new techniques, playing with colours, and experimenting allow my inspiration and imagination to merge and flow like a river. I am keen on inventing whimsical characters, making portraits and illustrated recipes. In print textiles, I incorporate lively patterns, textures, organic abstract or stylized and straightforward shapes. I use different techniques such as watercolour, acrylic, ink brush pen, or mixed media combined with digital. My body of work includes editorial and children book illustrations, as well as surface pattern designs suitable for home decor or fashion projects.

Over the years, I have worked as a graphic designer, illustrated children's books, painted murals and street-level artworks. I had the pleasure and the privilege of working with publishers such as Piemme, De Agostini, Piccoli, Juvenilia, Edizioni E.Elle, Signum Scuola, Giunti Scuola, Gakken and with the City of Calgary Public Art.

I continue my artistic journey in Calgary, Canada, where I live with my husband, two brilliant sons, and our furry white cat.

My work station

My work station

Killarney Dino Sports , City of Calgary Public Art, Utility Box Program, 2014

Killarney Dino Sports, City of Calgary Public Art, Utility Box Program, 2014

Art workshops for promoting  Get to Know  art contest, and Interactive public art  On the Wing  displayed at Ralph Klein Park, Calgary, 2013

Art workshops for promoting Get to Know art contest, and Interactive public art On the Wing displayed at Ralph Klein Park, Calgary, 2013

Recipient 2013, CCIS New Canadian Artist Award, Calgary, Canada

Recipient 2013, CCIS New Canadian Artist Award, Calgary, Canada

Highlights

  • Pattern Observer Studio selected several of my prints for their participation in Premiere Vision NYC in July, 2019

  • Tie Dye - Shibori collection featured on Pattern Observer website, June 2019

  • Feed Your Passion tea towel collection featured on Pattern Observer website and in the Uppercase’s All About You newsletter, May 2019

  • Winter Wonderland festive home decor featured into Lilla Rogers’ and Margo Tantau’s live review, and in the Uppercase's All About You newsletter, Oct 2018

  • Drawing process of Red Velvet Smootie Recipe for They Draw and Cook featured on Risedesignandshine website, Aug 2018

  • Playful Rainbow featured into Lilla Roger’s live review, Feb 2018

The  Pattern Observer Studio  booth at Premier Vision NYC, July 2019.  My Hinterland Toile design was at the show, printed out and hung on the booth.

The Pattern Observer Studio booth at Premier Vision NYC, July 2019.

My Hinterland Toile design was at the show, printed out and hung on the booth.

Selected Exhibitions

  • People’s Portraits Price, cSpace King Edward, Calgary, 2018

  • Latin America Art Exhibition, Casa Mexico, Calgary, 2018

  • Spotlight, Juried Exhibition, ACAD, Calgary, 2017

  • Calgary Expo, Calgary Stampede, 2016

  • The Invasion of Colours, NOPROPERTY, Trieste, Italy, 2015

  • Culturally Diverse Media Forum, ArtsCan, Calgary Stampede Club House, 2015

  • Cultural Intersection Art Exhibition, Multicultural Centre, Motion Gallery, Calgary, 2013

  • Calgary Art Mosaic, Calgary Multicultural Centre, Calgary Municipal Building Atrium, 2012

  • Solo Exhibition, Gruppo 78 International Contemporary Art, Trieste, Italy, 2011

  • Open Air, Solo Exhibition, Clubul Taranului, Bucharest, Romania, 2010

Awards

  • CCIS New Canadian Artist Award, with the collaboration of CALGARY2012, Calgary Art Development Authority, Calgary

  • 2nd Prize - Literature Prize Christmas Story, Interlinea, Novara, Italy

  • Special mention - National Prize for Poetry and Fairy Tale Alpi Apuane, Massa, Italy

  • 1st Prize - Painting Competition Terrano Wine on your Table, CCIAA e FIPE, Trieste, Italy 

Projects in Public Spaces

  • Community engaged activity and site specific -The City of Calgary Public Art - Utility Box Program, 2014

Rosscarrock  Dino Portraits - Location: 37 Street SW and 13 Avenue SW, Calgary

Killarney Dino Sports - Location: 33 Street SW and 26 Avenue SW, Calgary

  • Site Specific - Painted Utility Box Program, The City of Calgary Roads, Canada Utility Box Program, 2012

Dino Transportation - Location: Southland Drive and Elbow Drive SW, Calgary

Western Dino Band - Location: Mission Road and Macleod Trail SW, Calgary

  • Community engaged activity and site specific, Community & Neighbourhood Services, Calgary, 2014

    5 Little Free Libraries - Location: Rosscarrock neighbourhood, Calgary, 2014

  • Afrikadey Paper Sculptures, Community engaged activity,  Afrikadey Music Festival, Prince Island, Calgary 2014

  • OpenBook, Tiny Gallery, Calgary, 2014

  • Art workshops for promoting Get to Know art contest, and Interactive public art On the Wing displayed at Ralph Klein Park, City of Calgary Parks, 2013

  • Site Specific - Utility Box Program, The City of Calgary Roads, Canada, 2011

    Dino Sounds - 2 utility boxes - Location: 16 Avenue NW and 2nd Street NW, Calgary

  • Time Machine - Digital art printed on billboard, “Manifesti d’Artista” - Gruppo 78 International Contemporary Art, Trieste, Italy, 2010

Community Events

  • 11th Annual Holiday Fair, Nexen Garden Court, Calgary, 2015 

  • Canada Day Market YYC, MarketSpot, ArtsCan, Calgary, 2015

  • Eau Clair Xmas Market, Market YYC and Art Spot, Calgary 2015

  • 10th Annual HolidayFair, Nexen Garden Court, Calgary 2014

Video and Performance

  • Jukeboxjarry , Assembling my own digital images, I created a 7 minutes video “Jukeboxjarry”, projected on a stage at  the “Kermesse of Imaginary Solutions”, with the collaboration of the artists Marina Calcagno and Elisa Vladilo - Fragments by Alfred Jarry and music by Darius Milhaud, Location: Miela Theatre, Trieste, Italy, 2010

Murals 

  • Madama Butterfly - Painted exterior mural, City of Bordano, Italy

  • Commissioned to paint for private sites, Interior Design Studio Zadeu, Trieste, Italy

    Cityscape, Large scale canvas for a living room

    River, Medium density fibre board for a dining room

    Imaginary Garden, Painted on a corridor ceiling.          

Testimonials

"Emma completed several art pieces for me when I worked as the coordinator of the City of Calgary painted utility box project. Her work is fun and vibrant and she was a pleasure to work with. Emma completed the work quickly and in a very professional manner and I would not hesitate to recommend her for any project."

Peter Bushe - 2011/2013 Project Specialist - City of Calgary

"Giunti Scuola is an Italian publishing house leader in primary school sector and it's always been a benchmark for Italian teachers. Emma Bresola designed the digital illustrations for three book covers of the new book series called Gus (Giunti Universale Scuola). She has been a pleasure to work with, bringing her attention to detail to every illustration, and she has done an excellent job. I can confidently recommend Emma as a solid expert in her field."

Tullia Colombo - CEO Giunti Scuola

Rosscarrock built five little libraries as part of the Strong Neighbourhood Initiative to create space for neighbours to meet and convene as they share their love of reading. The little libraries will be full of books where neighbours can take or bring a books. All the little libraries will be placed on high traffic area in the community that is accessible to everyone. Emma Bresola a local artist engaged the adult and children residents in the community and painted the little libraries.

Lemlem Haile, BSW, BA, RSW, Strong Neighbourhood Initiative