Elvira di Guglielmo was born in 1959, into a family where love and respect for others and a sense of tradition were the most heartfelt values.
Her fascination with colour, beauty and style was inherited from Aunt Liliana who, with good taste and exceptional flair, would fashion gorgeous vibrant outfits for her family members.
Creating with her hands: just as her aunt did, Elvira realised she had a gift for transforming plain objects into pieces of art.
As a girl, she longed to own a designer dress but, since she couldn’t afford one, she would draw on her creativity to convert purchases from her local market into real one-offs.
Determined to turn her passion into a career, she enrolled on a fashion design course while also attending the art school in Foggia, to explore and develop her own talent.
In fact, Elvira discovered painting techniques at the Foggia Academy of Fine Arts which were so suitable to her approach that she finally felt she had a method to render her ideas.
Elvira now lives in Misano Adriatico (near Rimini) where – after experimenting with a multitude of materials – she has settled on colour applied to glass as a medium for her artistic expression.
A natural evolution, in the year 2000 she founded diguel (DI Guglielmo Elvira) which produces handmade spheres, dubbed by some ‘Christmas baubles’; instead these reveal a thousand and one different identities and design nuances, for every occasion, taste and furnishing scheme. Her concept emerged as the development of decoration on bottles.
Every year in the lead-up to Christmas, Elvira unveils a unique collection especially for the festive season, where each finished globe testifies to the inspiration enjoyed by the artist during its creation process.
Her previous work experience and shows include:
- 1982 Exhibited at a contemporary art collective at Palazzetto d’ Arte, Foggia.
- 1983 Employed at a workshop specialised in fine decoration involving the gold-leafing technique.
- 1996 Contributed to the design and production of a limited edition of hand-decorated glass bottles for an organic oil company, attending various international fairs with this firm and receiving awards from well-known figures in art and literature.