About

Katia Setti is a Christian fine art painter, military spouse, and mother of three beautiful boys. She creates oil and watercolor landscape paintings inspired by her time spent outdoors.

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Visit her Etsy Shop for all original art and giclee prints: www.etsy.com/shop/katiasettifineart

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

“Art is a reflection of God’s creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God.” – Francis Schaeffer –

I was born in Guatemala City, but spent my childhood in a small, dreamy town in Tuscany, Italy. My happiest memories revolved around outdoor spaces, cultivated fields, parks, and the smell of herbs and forests. This positive connection with the natural world together with my passion for art created a safe escape. Today, my Italian-Latin American heritage continues to be reflected in my landscape paintings through their vibrant, saturated colors and textural surfaces where I strive to share with viewers my passion and awe of nature and its resiliency,diversity and reflection of God’s creativity. I more recently embraced Plein Air oil and watercolor painting as a means to capture in a few, decisive strokes the essence of a moment or place as I continue to live and travel around the world. As a Christian I view myself simply as a recreator of the world around me, with God as the ultimate creator of it all. I’m inspired by His word as well the beautiful experiences I have had during my travels, walking through the Brazilian Rain Forest, the Guatemalan Mayan temples, soaking in the Caribbean and Floridian seascapes, standing at the top of the Alpine Mountains, and so much more.

– Katia Setti –

 

BIOGRAPHY

Katia began her college studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy where she received an Associates Degree in Painting and Art Restoration and Conservation. In 2011 she graduated from the University of South Florida with a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with a Concentration in Painting and subsequently received a second Magna Cum Laude Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations.  During her studies, she worked as a Director of Public Relations at the University of South Florida Centre Gallery, organized and participated in numerous and diverse exhibitions in venues such as the Museum of Science and Industry and the Contemporary Art Museum of Tampa, Florida.  She displayed her first solo exhibition in 2010 at the Centre Gallery under the title of Redefining Land-scape: a collection of abstract and mixed media large scale environmental paintings. In 2011 she joined the co-op Santaella Studio for the Arts, working and exhibiting next to renowned artists such as Portrait Society of America Artist Kerry Vosler, and Historic painter Rick Reeves. More recently she has participated in exhibits in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia and has studied under the supervision of Plein Air and Landscape artists such as Dave Santillanes, Sara Linda-Poly, Hai-Ou Hou, and Christine Lashley.  In December 2014 she was accepted in the 20th Annual Members Competition for the Yellow Barn Studio Gallery in Maryland.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

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2018

2016

2015

2014

Public Works 2018, Arts Council Gallery, Fayetteville, NC

36th Annual Tombstone Art Show, Tombstone Art Association, Tombstone, AZ

First Friday Art Walk, Creative Brush Studio, Manassas, VA

20th Friends of Yellow Barn Studio Competition, Yellow Barn Studios, Glen Echo, MD

2013 Student/Faculty Show, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
End of Year Art Exhibit, Chesapeake Fine Arts Studio, Stevensville, MD
Oil Painters of Manhattan, Radina’s Coffee Shop, Manhattan, KS
2012 Santaella Studios for the Arts Grand Opening, Santaella Studios, Tampa, FL
2011 Book as Art, Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL
2010 Meme, West Tampa Center for the Arts, Tampa, FL
One, Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL
Workin’ On It!, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL

 

EDUCATION
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2009 – 2011 Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, University of South Florida, Magna Cum Laude
2006 – 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Magna Cum Laude
2005 – 2006 Studies in Art Conservation and Restoration, Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy

 

 

AWARDS

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2015 Best in Show, 36th Annual Tombstone Art Show, Tombstone, AZ
2008 Best in Show, Image Juried Show, Family Life Center, Tampa, FL