Tina Orsolic Dalessio is a figurative painter born in Zagreb, Croatia. She received her formal academic training at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art in Italy, during which time she was granted a meritorious scholarship. She graduated from Florence Academy of Art in 2018. Tina also holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Zagreb Law School, an LL.M. degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a PhD degree from the University of Maastricht, Faculty of Law. Before becoming a painter, she taught philosophy of law at the University of Zagreb. Alongside her husband Marc Dalessio, she discovered her passion for fine art, which led her to a life changing decision to leave academia and devote herself fully to painting.
I am a classically trained artist who specializes in painting from life, under natural light, in the medium of oil paint. My objective is to paint ‘slice-of-life’ scenes, thereby witnessing and articulating the beauty of the world around me, as authentically as possible. My subject matter ranges from portraits and still lives to landscapes. I take particular joy working en plein air, exposed to the elements and immersed in nature.
In my opinion, art, perhaps more than any other social phenomenon, best reflects the shifting tides of human consciousness. Therefore, being involved in arts, and more particularly, being a part of the artistic movement that at its core entails a careful observation, admiration and respect of the natural world around us, gives me a strong sense of purpose and hope. This re-emerging naturalistic movement that I consider myself a part of, rests on humility and acknowledgement of how precious, beautiful and fragile our world is.
As an artist who considers it her mission to take in the beauty around her, and let it out as art, I hope to gently remind others of that same truth regarding the miracle and delicacy of the human condition. In doing that, I hope to become a small drop in the river of thought pointing to the more general shift of human consciousness towards a deep respect for our Mother Nature. For we all are, in every aspect of our existence, intrinsically tied to it.