Category Archives: Art

Como’s December Delights

As the nights grow longer and temperatures get lower, Como goes through another of its periodical metamorphoses – producing a set of seasonal December delights. What better way can there be of exploiting the increased hours of winter darkness than … Continue reading

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Cantù – The Good, (The Bad) and The Beautiful

Cantù is famous for its master craftsmen and its long tradition of artisan furnishings and cabinet making.  It is the spiritual home of the Brianza-based  furniture industry yet, at only 10 kilometres from Como, remains off the main tourist map. … Continue reading

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Streetscape 6  – Facing a Credibility Crisis?

Como is currently hosting the 6th edition of the street and urban festival called Streetscape – a total of 10 (+1) installations are dotted around or just outside the old town. Well established in its 6th year, Streetscape now forms … Continue reading

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The Poetry and Joy of Urban Portraiture – Adriano Caverzasio

If you aim to impart joy through your art, you best do it with a big smile – just like Adriano Caverzasio’s when I met him recently! And, if your art is intended to bring pleasure to all ages, how … Continue reading

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Como Silk – Memoirs of a Textile Designer

Como has been a tourist destination from the days of the Grand Tour but it maintains equal significance as a centre for silk production. Current visitors to Como might think that the silk industry is a thing of the past … Continue reading

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Mr. Savethewall – Como’s Spray-Can Artistic Campaigner

If walking the streets of Como for any time, you will become aware of a local artist known as Mr. Savethewall. His two shopfronts, the immediate appeal of some of his iconic images such as Mr. Frogman  and his intriguing … Continue reading

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Don’t Mention the Mafia!

The title ‘Don’t mention the Mafia!’ takes inspiration from the episode in Fawlty Towers when Basil admonishes his staff to not mention the war to his German guests. For those not brought up on UK comedy from the 1970’s, my … Continue reading

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Ice Cream and Vespas: Irma Kennaway’s Artistic Odyssey

23 years ago Irma, originally from England but freshly arrived in Florence from Paris to continue her fine arts studies, imprinted an image in her mind of the city’s stylish young women astride their Vespas nonchalantly licking ice cream. That … Continue reading

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Como’s Magic Light Festival – Citta dei Balocchi 2016/17

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Ester Maria Negretti – Como’s’Traditional’ Contemporary Artist

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Ester Negretti, one of Como’s foremost artists, in her new studio and exhibition space at Via Borgo Vico 82. Having established that Ester was born, brought up, educated and studied in Como, it … Continue reading

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