Finizia Taddeo is an art curator, born in to the arts. She studied Art, Valorisation (creating value from knowledge through making it accessible) and the Art Market, at The University of ULIM in Milan. She is currently a gallery assistant in Milan and has also written for AgCult, a news site for the arts and culture sector. Finizia has explored Adéle's work by intimately acknowledging what Adéle as an artist says about her work and Finizia's Italian theoretical knowledge and affinity with abstract art.
Interview: Curator Finizia Taddeo
Who? Finizia Taddeo
What? Art Historian
When? Early Twenty-First Century
Why? Curator for Gallery Sorelle Sciarone. Adéle du Plessis’s solo show 2022 The Forms of Everyday Life
Born into the Art World
Please tell us something about yourself.
About me? Well, what can I say? I was born surrounded by the art world with my antique dealer father. All I did as a child was visit exhibitions and watch documentaries about artists.
I couldn't help but study art! I love it in all its forms, from literature to film, from theatre to music, from painting to sculpture.
It is what nourishes us!
How did you get into what you do right now? Please tell us more about your journey.
I think I answered that question by talking about myself...
As I said, I couldn't help but study art! I moved to Milan and attended Iulm University for my Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
I am very happy with my university path. It has strengthened my passion by providing me with a critical eye.
In addition, I have always tried to gain as much experience as possible through curricular internships, moving from realities such as galleries, proceeding to museums, and working on the communication level.
Art requires multidisciplinary approach. But the road is still long!
Who are your role models?
I don't have an exact template for reference.
I am attracted to different personalities and professionalism, and the thing that strikes me most is the passion with which certain people in this field put into their work.
It's not always easy and straightforward, but I believe that having a strong passion can make all the difference, so yes, my role models are people who fight for their own fulfilment and, above all, to follow their "vocation".
Art Historian Finizia Taddeo laughing in a purple jacket and colourful scarf.
Growing and staying on tract with reading
What inspires you?
Without a shadow of a doubt, reading.
I read books on art criticism and ask myself questions with every word.
Certain authors and art critics exert an imaginative power over me, and my mind can't stop thinking.
When I feel lost or down, I read my "personal bibles" and get back on track.
Please tell us about your work.
I am just building my career with commitment and dedication.
As a recent graduate, I am very proud of my experiences; I always tried to work while I was studying to expand my cv and figure out what path was right for me. And all this has helped me: I know what I want and where I'm going, and I hope that my ambitions will become a reality! For now, I'm doing my best
What's the most memorable experience in your field?
It's still to come!
Artist Adéle du Plessis in front of her Mirror Memories Series art work curated by Finizia Taddeo The forms of Everyday Life: Material and Abstraction
Passion and Perseverance
What keeps you going when things get tough?
With the pandemic, things often become difficult, and then you begin to think that maybe you have taken a wrong turn, maybe you see your friends with degrees in other fields who immediately find the job of their lives with stable, well-paid contracts. But at that point, I say to myself: "follow your passion and don't give up, or at least not yet. Your sacrifice will pay off."
It's kind of like having faith.
I have faith in my passion. And that's what keeps me going.
What is the one thing you wish people knew more about in the arts?
I wish it would change the conception of art in some way.
It is often seen as something secondary or sometimes as a trend.
When I tell people that I have studied art and started a career in it, I hear prejudice in their opinions.
Here, I would like to tell them that art gives life in all its forms.
And someone before me has been able to express impeccably:
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is full of passion. Medicine, law, business engineering are noble professions necessary to our livelihood. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are the things that keep us alive.
Professor John Keating (Robin Williams)
from the movie "Dead Poets Society" by Peter Weir
Finizia Taddeo is an Italian Art Historian that has specialised in the valorisation in the art world. Valorisation means, that the labour and knowledge added value to our cultural is the increase in the value of capital assets. Art critics, curators and galleries are part of a larger ecosystem that add value the art work produced by artists. Art never stands alone, it is the combined understanding of all that come into contact with it. And for art critics, curators and galleries, have a similarly uncertain terms of employment.
Thank you Finizia for your candid and open responses. You can read about the exhibition she curated in the link
Art Historian and
Gallery Manager at
Gallery Sorelle Sciarone
Art Historian Tascha Sciarone in front of the exhibition The Forms of Everyday Life