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The author of book My Life as a Street Painter in Florence Italy Kelly Borsheim
Madonnara Street Painter allows children to draw with pastels for hands-on tourism.
Street artist Kelly Borsheim often invites children to draw with her in Florence Italy.
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     My Life as a Street Painter in Florence, Italy is a visual journey (including over 330 images) of one artist's discovery of an art form that dates back to the 16th century.

    Kelly Borsheim is an American sculptor who creates stone and bronze figures. Michelangelo's sculpture lured her to Italy originally, but she returned again and again for inspiration and a deeper understanding of classical art. Little did she know that her future would bring her to her knees recreating Renaissance masterpieces in the streets of Florence. Kelly was also chained up in a protest against the taxation of street artists, the subject of a story in an Italian newspaper, and shared the joys of chalk with children visiting from all over the world.

 

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Street Painting:  The Art of the Madonnari

No one knows exactly where the art of street painting originated, other than in the Mediterranean region.  Devotional drawings, usually of the Madonna, were drawn on the hard flat surfaces outside of the churches and in the open air, perhaps to slow the spread of plagues.  This form of art in the street began to gain in popularity in Spain and in Italy.  Hence, the Italian word for these street painters is Madonnari. (Madonnaro = one male artist; Madonnara = one female artist)

 

Florentine Parade passes Via Calimala Book My Life as a Street Painter in Florence Italy Madonnari

No streets were harmed in the making of this art.  The Madonnari use chalks and pastels, but only pastels without oil.  Pastel is pure pigment, which lends to the bright colors typical of these paintings in the streets.  Sometimes the street painters will wash away their work of the day with water and a broom.  And the next morning the street cleaners will drive their vehicles over the work, wet brushes spinning over the drawing and washing away the night's dirt and the dust.  But some of the time, people prefer the pastel paintings to remain as long as Nature and man will allow.  Street painters often rely on tips from tourists and locals alike, but for a few events, such as street painting festivals, artists are paid by organizations, businesses, or individuals to create their works.

Artist Kelly Borsheim began street painting in September 2007 while living in Florence, Italy.  This page contains some of her works on Via Calimala in central Florence, not far from the famous Ponte Vecchio.  You may hire her to do a street painting in your neighborhood for a special event or for no reason at all, save for fun and beauty.  Contact the studio for availability and prices.  Please note, that any and all of these images can be also painted on paper or canvas.  The price will be higher, but the work will also be archival.

 

Interviews (including video) featuring Kelly and her work as a streetpainter:

 

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filled with street paintings in Italy.


Street Painter Kelly Borsheim Shows off her Broom to Clean Street Florence Italy

Kelly poses with her broom
during a break in Florence, Italy.


Read more about Kelly's street painting experiences on her blog.  [See Search bar on the right and enter 'Street Painting' or any topic of interest and see what comes up.]

Kelly has written a book:  "My Life as a Street Painter in Florence, Italy"

(over 350 images!)

Order from Amazon by clicking on the links below.
(You may also read some of the inside pages on this site.)


Book Review

Here is an independent book review of my book! Thank you, Andrew Everett.

https://thekeypoint.org/2015/06/30/my-life-as-a-street-painter-in-florence-italy/