Aguglia #283 - Japanese Gyotaku technique painting on "Kozo" Asian mulberry paper

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  • Artist Auleta Nadia
  • Category Figurative paintings
  • Painting dims 128 x 47,5 cm
  • Framed painting 134 x 53,5 x D 2 cm
  • Frame type  Shabby treated wooden frame
  • Creation year 2021
  • Technique Gyotaku: Japanese technique that uses an actual fish as a matrix for the first painting imprint
  • About

    The Gyotaku pictorial technique involves using a real fish or cephalopod as a matrix for impression. This technique was initially developed in Japan in the late 18th century on fishing boats to archive and store fish.
    The fish or cephalopod is inked and covered with a sheet of Japanese paper, which is then manipulated to create an imprint of the fish.
    The resulting document was affixed with a stamp or signature to serve as evidence of the actual fish purchased. Gyotaku has become a Japanese pictorial discipline that uses precious handmade papers, including Washi and Kozu. The latter is a particular variety of Asian mulberry from which the bark is treated correctly and bleached to create the characteristic texture of the paper.
    With her works, Nadia Auleta wants to enhance the Mediterranean Sea's catch, represented above all by traditional prey, such as fish, octopus, and bream.

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Auleta Nadia

Nadia Auleta was born in Lavagna (Genoa) and graduated from the State Institute of Art in Chiavari (GE).
After a past as a technical designer and furnishings, she embarked on her artistic career embracing the watercolour technique, then finding her best creative expression through the Gyotaku technique, an ancient Japanese art dating back to 1800, of reproduction of fish on rice paper expanding it and reinterpreting it later, using other support materials such as fabrics and wood.

She lives and works in Sestri Levante (GE) where she finds inspiration for her art which is focused and intrinsically connected with the marine environment. Her works are visible inside the Ateliers in Camogli on the Porticciolo (Golfo Paradiso - Genoa) and Casarza Ligure. They are found in private collections in London, Paris, Switzerland, Germany, and Los Angeles and in prestigious clubs of the Ligurian Riviera.

Her particular technique aroused the attention of Rai 3, one of the leading Italian TV channel. It was the subject of a national television interview where she performed her traditional art methodology.
She had a personal exhibition in March 2022 at the Galata Museo del Mare in Genoa. She was a guest artist at the Japan Festival in Spotorno and the prestigious Japanese Festival in Florence.

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