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Atelier Edy Mottini

Edy Mottini

Edy Mottini was born in 1943 in Piotta. His family moved to Altanca and then to Airolo (1949).

He went to school in Airolo and Bellinzona.

He is a civil engineer, a teacher of physical education, visual education and technical drawing. He teaches adult classes.

He loves sports and for over 40 years he has been a monitor in the Airolo School of Gymnastics and the Airolo Ski Club. He is an instructor of the Airolo Swiss Ski School.

He is very interested in art and painting and taught himself the basics when he was young. He attended long-distance courses in France and participated in a number of meetings with GAT (Gruppo Acquerellisti Ticinesi [water-painters of Ticino]), in Giubiasco.

Favourite technique: watercolour painting

Favourite sentence:

"To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty!

There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them"

                        (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Renovation of a number of houses in the Ticino area

Restoration of the interior of churches in Albinasca, Altanca, Quinto, Personico, San Carlo a Cadagno

Restoration of various chapels

Design of the scenes for the Alto Leventinese theatre group "U teatro di Joan" and for theatre classes of the Ambrì-Airolo Middle School

Graphics work

Murales in the Municipality of Airolo

Pictures of animals on the ski-shoe training route in Cioss Prato (2007)

Exhibitions:     1984, Airolo, Patriziale Hall

                1989, Airolo, Bajram Gallery (with Pauli Gut)

                1994, Ambrì, Middle School

                2000, Rodi, Dazio Grande (group exhibition)

                2004, Sonvico, al Torchio

                2005, Ambrì, Middle School

                2005, Locarno, Sala della Sopracenerina (group exhibition)

                2006, Ambrì, Middle School (with his ex-pupils)

                A number of exhibitions in restaurants and hotels in the Leventina valley


Retired in September 2006

Opened the atelier in Airolo in the autumn of 2007 (it is meant to be an old-fashioned town work shop)

Lives in Airolo

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