Artist to Admire: Isabella Anna Di Scipio

 

Connecticut College scholar and native New Yorker, Isabella Anna Di Scipio, studying Art History and Italian Studies with a concentration in Museum Studies, possesses a strong passion for art, museums, and auction houses. Di Scipio began creating art at the very young age of three. For approximately 2 and a half years, she took studio art classes at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a self-taught artist, Di Scipio continues to experiment with various mediums and surfaces. Her go-to mediums are acrylic paint, ink, graphite, and conte crayon. During a summer internship at Christie’s New York in the Prints and Multiples Department, Bella gained experience in a variety of auction house tasks and requirements working with various research websites engaging in research for three auctions including the Contemporary Edition online auction, Thirtyfive Works by Ed Ruscha, and Prints and Multiples Fall Sale. Di Scipio became heavily inspired by the work of Abstract Expressionists, Modern, and Contemporary artists. Some artists include Mark Rothko, Ilya Bolotowsky, Paul Jenkins, Franz Kline, and Cy Twombly. While at Connecticut College, Di Scipio was also a curatorial assistant at The Nut Museum of Connecticut College. In the present moment, Bella is co-curating an exhibition alongside Professor Huang featuring her Chinese calligraphy ink paintings belonging to the Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection at Connecticut College and is cataloging museum objects for The Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont. Bella Di Scipio is currently a gallery intern at Lévy Gorvy in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Aside from creating Modern and Contemporary art, Di Scipio is more captivated and keen on the art of Chinese Calligraphy and is heavily inspired by Zao-Wou Ki, Zhang Daqian, and Wen Zhengming.