The Heroine’s Journey of Silvia Tamburrelli

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Painting allows me to calm the anxiety, it becomes an emotional state apart from any moment I am experiencing, whether I’m focusing on the details, or I’m painting a large surface, exercising color control and realizing what I imagine I can do gives me some kind of power.

What is my idea of happiness?

My idea of happiness is to be in the right place with the people I love and enjoy the moments of serenity.

What is my greatest fear?

Being a mother changes profoundly, today my greatest fear is not being able to raise my children until they become independent.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

In a society made up of competition in every field, it happened very often to feel insecure and to doubt myself, probably also because of my past in childhood.

Perhaps a more daring attitude would have helped me on several occasions to emerge and make myself known for who I am.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Although lately I have a greater aptitude for classical art, I have a multifaceted background, I love contemporary art, performances, installations … so I would certainly say that I look with great admiration Marina Abramovich, Bill Viola; Omar Galliani, Massimo Tizzano, Roberto Ferri e Marco Grassi.

Contemporary photography by Francesca Woodman, Alessandra Calò, every year I try to go to the selection of Worldpress Photo photographers.

Finally I try to see many exhibitions of classical painters in which I love observe the technical and compositional skill of the past.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I don’t know if it can be defined as an extravagance, but twelve years ago my husband and I decided to pursue a dream: for three years we looked for a small house in the woods to fix and live in absolute isolation from the urban center. When we found the one we liked we threw ourselves into it and we are slowly renovating it by adopting the principle of zero waste, with recoveries from flea markets, creative recycling, solar panels for energy and taking care of part of the land in order to encourage insects and forest butterflies. We live with dormice, bats and all kinds of animals that pass by.

On what occasion would I lie?

I am basically a sincere person, you can read my face if I lie, maybe I could only be able to lie for good and to protect the people I love from unpleasant situations.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The most annoying part of my job is washing the brushes !!!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I remember with great joy my university period at the Brera academy, I had an excellent relationship with many of my classmates and group work was a huge ground for growth, comparison, esteem and collaboration with great expectations and great dreams.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I love my being sensitive and empathetic because it leads me to always express in a creative and precise way what I feel, but this has a negative aspect that I cannot, I fear, exclude, but only rationalize: I am equally sensitive to the judgments and opinions of others , I tend to sometimes listen to opinions that hurt me and criticisms that are not very constructive, I should learn to overlook more on what does not lead me to real growth.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I believe that being stubborn and constant has helped me a lot to move forward, to grow and organize myself even when I was completely destroyed by tiredness or things to do, sleepless nights with small children and another job that allows me to deal with this passion. without too many thoughts

Where would I most like to live?

I would gladly live in a seaside town.

What is my most treasured possession?

My most precious asset is the bond with my husband and my children, we create a united team that works and this is priceless.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Sensitivity is definitely my distinguishing feature, I recently discovered that I am part of the percentage of the population defined as “highly sensitive”. Thanks to a book I was able to understand how much what I have always defined as a weakness, can instead be a point of great strength and awareness.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I love nature and art, so I would undoubtedly say the Lambro park that I have in front of my house, even though I live in the city it gives me the opportunity to experience the seasons and nature .. as soon as inside there it seems to be in the woods and it relaxes me a lot. At the same time I need stimuli to enrich myself culturally so I could not give up the museums in Milan, Palazzo Reale and the Pac Contemporary Art Pavilion, they offer me a glimpse of the past and a not indifferent contemporary one.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I love to eat and drink in the company of a few people at a time, to talk better together. I try to do it in family-run restaurants especially if ethnic, and Milan offers a wide choice. I remember with a smile once that my family and I went to dinner in a small Indian restaurant that I liked very much, out of the blue we found ourselves in the middle of a political meeting with Indian leaders and TVs interviewing and asking questions.

Although we were there for dinner everything was done in extreme mutual respect, in the end we said goodbye as if we knew each other.

What books influenced my life and how?

There are at least four books that have struck me deeply in my life: “Don’t move” by Margareth Mazzantini, raw and real but sincere .. it tells of a particular love in a very delicate moment of a father; “Coming into the world” also by Mazzantini, I love her biting and unsparing way of writing, I remember that she made me cry so much, it was so touching that I couldn’t read it around or on public transport, it changed my life, made me want to have a baby at a time when I couldn’t figure out if I wanted it or not. Finally “Mal di Pietre” by Milena Agus and “The day before happiness” by Erri De Luca, both writers of disproportionate talent, I like them for the opposite reason why I love Mazzantini, that is, they are delicate, poetic and tell emotions. in sublime way.

I would add the fifth, completely different from the previous genre: Franzen’s “Corrections”, a lucid and analytical novel on family relationships, certainly has greatly influenced the way of seeing family relationships.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I answer straight away because I love too many different genres … I would say a soundtrack by Morricone: Gabriel’s oboe by The Last of the Mohicans.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I am fascinated by Joan of Arc, as Luc Besson suggests in his film, I find it powerful, wonderful, full of shadows … thrilling.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

I think in this historical moment all the women warriors of reality, those who are fighting for their freedom and identity in Afghanistan, and those who in countries of war or extreme poverty, fight to feed or to survive, not only for themselves but also for the weaker.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

I think that the Black Mirror series has been a nodal point of awareness and future vision of the use of technology and social media, for our generation that has found itself catapulted into a suddenly connected world, has not yet come to terms with risks, dangers and education in the conscious and ethical use of technology, I found it extremely enlightening. Then I would say the film Suburra and the series that temporally follows its developments, also 6 months ahead of some real events, are jewels that must make us reflect.

What role play stories in my life and work?

The stories that strike me lead me to reflect, ask myself a thousand questions, hypothesize other possibilities and think about what I would have done in that situation; it’s a bit like empathizing to the point of living other lives different from yours, I find it interesting.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

It means having full possession of your life, but it is never possible in my opinion, we all depend strongly on the events, on the people we meet, and certainly a lot on what we decide to do with ourselves; but for events that do not depend on us life can change and take unexpected paths, it is up to us to try to live them to the fullest and benefit from them, even from negative things.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Surely my husband, he has known me for over twenty years, we grew up together and he knows how difficult it was for me to study and work at the same time, so he tries to support me so that that effort was not useless and I could paint.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021/2022?

It would be very interesting to work for a studio like Maria Sidoli’s in my city (

Currently my Ophelia painting is in competition for the Luxemburg Art Prize, I think even just a jury recognition as a quality work would be wonderful.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021/2022?

In the future I would like to deepen photography, so I would mention Rimel Neffati for analogue photography and film manipulation, and a painter for my current career: Roberto Ferri wins over everyone.

What project, in 2021/2022, am I looking forward to work on?

I have just finished the author’s copy “Ophelia” by Millais, and I am starting “La Gioconda” by Leonardo, I always have a lot of expectation when I start such demanding works.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021/2022?

I use instagram a lot, I publish everything on @silvia_artitaly.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I think I interpret this statement by saying that passion overcomes the difficulties, the unexpected and the dark moments of life, survives everything and stays alive.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Omar Galliani

Marina Abramovich

Massimo Tizzano

Maria Sidoli

Roberto Ferri

Rimel Neffati

Alessandra Calò

How can you contact me?

You can find me on instagram with two profiles: the professional one: @silvia_artitaly and private with @silviadanluidani.

I have two blogs, one about painting:, and one of the little house in the woods I’m working on

You can contact me by social networks, mail, or by phone: +393496077205

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