Lisa Sotilis is famous through the globe for her exceptional jewelry pieces chosen by the crème de la crème of the intercontinental jet established this kind of as Her Majesty Empress of Iran Farah Pahlavi, Her Majesty Queen Marie José of Belgium, the past Queen of Italy, Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy, the Royal Princess Munira al Saud, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, Margot Fontayn, Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmere, Claudia Cardinale, Annie Girardot, Mimie Lay, Mitzi Newhouse, Madame Schlumberger and a lot of other jet-setters.
Lisa’s to start with client was Salvador Dali, who right before the official opening of her initial exhibit at the Iolas Gallery in New York, bought for his wife Gala, two of Lisa’s substantial gold artwork creations. Her next client was Giorgio de Chirico, who made a decision to shock his wife Isabella Farr with Lisa’s large 24kt gold and platinum necklace and 24kt gold watch with Cartier movement.
Sotilis’s attainments consist of an special deal with Cartier, NY, in the 70s, for the design and execution of the bezels for their famed watches.
All of Lisa Sotilis’s jewels are hand crafted, hand hammered and hand chiseled. Most of them are produced of 24kt gold. 24Kt gold? Certainly. We all know that pure gold is way too soft to be wearable with no injury. But Lisa couldn’t resist its magic, warmth and spectacular elegance. With her signature strategy, exceptional in the earth, consisting of profiling the rear of the jewel with 18kt gold wire, her jewels turn out to be sturdy and sturdy enough to be worn every single day. The profiling procedure is tiresome, wearisome and has to be repeated a lot of times, until finally the 24kt gold sheet and 18kt wire turn into 1 homogenous area. Lisa states: it is a challenge to the rules of physics, because the 24kt gold melts quicker than the 18kt. How Lisa is equipped to achieve it, continues to be a mystery of her creative genius and her proverbial tenacity.
The last product or service is basically mesmerizing.
Lisa Sotilis’ one particular-of-a-variety jewelry creations are totally hand crafted, hand hammered and sculpted in 24K gold, platinum or pure silver and very similar to historic jewellery approaches, her jewels are backed with more powerful treasured steel alloys to lend structural assistance to the highly sculptural forms.
Even so, the miracle, mystery and sheer genius of artistically melding a pure noble metal with an alloy of the exact same brilliancy showcases the many skills of Lisa Sotilis!
Also in holding with her ancient/modern-day topic, Lisa at times attributes historical carved stones, beads or relics and a myriad of cherished stones which most usually involve one or a mix of the pursuing emeralds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, jade, amethyst, turquoise, coral or lapis lazuli.
Daniel Morris – art expert and collector
Lisa Sotils was born in Athens (Greece). She descends from a heroic and aristocratic Greek spouse and children that has contributed significantly to the independence of the country.
Sotilis examined art at the Academy of Great Arts of Brera, Milan, Italy.
At the age of 16, on the celebration of her solo exhibit at the Gian Ferrai Gallery in Milan, Italy, art critics and historians Luciano Budigna, Raffaele De Grada, Franco Russoli and Giorgio Kaisserlian as properly as renowned artists, Renato Guttuso, Ennio Morlotti and Marcello Mascherini recognized her amazing talent.
Sotilis’s international debut took location at the Berlin Museum, exactly where the 18 year aged artist was introduced by the renowned professor Jannasch, as an enfant prodige. On that situation Lisa fulfilled Alexander Iolas, the planet leading artwork supplier, who right away provided her an unique deal and offered her to all his major galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Geneva, Athens and Rome, and put her among the the huge types of the past century: Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Tinguely, Roberto Matta and other folks.
Salvatore Quasimodo, Nobel Prize in Literature (1959), in his e book “Visti da Salvatore Quasimodo” (1969 edition) writes of Sotilis:”revelation of the influential power of the Greek myth”.
Lisa Sotilis was Giorgio de Chirico’s assistant, the only assistant for his substantial sculptures’ projects financed by the earth-renowned art vendor and collector, Alexander Iolas. She was the only a person authorized by the Grasp of the Metaphysical artwork movement to retouch his waxes before casting.
Sotilis also engages in the strategy of painting in fresco. She received a contest to fresco the Sant’Antonio da Padova Chapel at the Church San Giovanni Battista alla Creta, Milan, Italy.
1 of Sotilis’s best achievements is the generation of a monumental perform for posterity: the 6 meters (19.7 feet) significant entrance doorway in reliable bronze with aspect decorations in gold plated bay-leaf motifs for the I Papandi Tou Kyriou (Reception of the Lord at the Temple) Greek Orthodox Church in Amman, Jordan.
Lisa Sotilis is a incredibly prolific artist. Her sculptures, paintings, jewels, home furnishings, and dwelling décor extras are displayed in museums as very well as in non-public collections in the course of the earth.
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