In this surreal time of Corona virus, I want to point out a talented surrealist artist that you should be watching. Eva Montanari is a brilliant Italian illustrator who has published several books. She is currently under lock-down in Rimini Italy, due to the Covid-19 health crisis. The staff at LAArtParty sends her warm wishes and a multitude of prayers for her and her family’s safety. As part of our Art Talk Series on our sister site EatTravelGo.com, I interviewed the artist – see below for the direct link.

Rimini. by Eva Montanari, cm 68 x cm 47, acrylic, oil and pastels on rice paper

Montanari exhibited her work in a group show in January/February 2020 at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Titled “The Influence of Fellini: A Surreal 100th Birthday Celebration,” the exhibition was presented in honor of the surreal filmmaker Federico Fellini.

Montanari, like Fellini, was born and raised in Rimini, Italy. “As a child growing up in Rimini, said Montanari, I used to watch Fellini’s films and my favorite was Amarcord. I studied his shots and way of telling a story but I would imagine my own version of how to tell the story. His figurative pictorial references are many and different.” Several of Montanari’s original illustrations from her children’s book, Federico were featured in the group show at CHG.

Find out more about the artist on our sister site EatTravelGo.com CLICK HERE or go to the Stories Section of ETG under the Art Talk drop-down on the Arts Page to read a Q & A with Montanari. Visit the artist’s website at http://www.evamontanari.com/