Eva Martino (American/PA, b. 1929) oil on canvas painting titled, "Avacado (sic) Still Life" depicts an expressionist vision of home-grown potted avocado trees. Martino carefully crafts the colors of her plants; they show a full range of yellows and greens. The plants sit on a wooden floor, and they have been arranged to emphasize the homeliness of her vision, finding overturned pots to sit her trees upon. Martino excels at persuading us to see the beauty found in the every day and commonplace. Lovely painting for your own home. For especially in these days, the beauty and comfort of home can never be far from our minds and hearts. I especially love the textures that Martino coaxes out of the layers of paint and brush techniques that bring additional life, texture, and potential movement to her work. Signed "Eva M" lower right. Solid wood, reclaimed barn wood frame. Sight: 25.5" H x 17.5" W. Framed: 26.5" H x 18.5" W.
Artist Bio: Eva Marinelli Martino was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 15, 1929. She studied at Yellow Springs of the PA Academy of the Fine Arts. Eva married Giovanni Martino, who was her most important inspiration and mentor. She works in oils. Her early works during the fifties were of still lives and interiors featuring her family. She expanded her repertoire to inanimate or found objects from around her home. Martino then began portraying life-sized figures and is now working on a "Chicken House" series for which she is most known.
Her style is modern with an eye to classical paintings of the past. Her work has a strong lyrical sense and warm earthy colors, with a true sense in her compositions, of the hard ships women have gone through, throughout the ages and even today the hardships they endure in the 21st century as domesticated beings. She uses a combination of references to design her works - models, imagination, and sketches she made in the 1950's in chicken houses in West Philadelphia and Norristown.
Eva has two daughters, Nina Florence and Babette. When they were children, she set up still lives for her daughters, and she taught them the basis of drawing and color. They are both artists. She maintains a studio at her residence in Blue Bell, PA that she shared with her youngest daughter, Babette, until Babette's death in 2011.
She has received numerous awards & honors. Currently, she is the main impetus along with her husband's body of work in "Homage to the Martino Family", an exhibition of the four painters at: "El Nigromante" the principle gallery of the National Institute of the Fine Arts in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Source: Askart.
Harmonious tonal interior still life by a sought-after artist.
Eva Martino, "Avocado Still Life" Oil Painting