Voice. With reserve and concentration, isolated in a kind of invisible bubble of light, Daniela Tieni raises a hand and leans it on the canvas. What's around her? People, the noise of footsteps, words, a door slamming. It doesn't matter. What matters is her hand on the page, and the drawing which is emerging from it. Gently, because the lines need to mature; gracefully, because the characters must have room to grow; and with dedication, because each drawing is a story which has its own intimate voice, destined to detach itself from the paper .
Daniela Tieni's voice is her trademark: inspired by the atmospheres and observations of Maira Kalman, Kiki Smith and Dino Buzzati, the style of the young Roman illustrator took on a life of its own, visible even to the most inexpert eyes and of precious quality for her clients. It's a voice of nostalgic atmospheres and lives, always poised between fairytale and somnambulance which seems to flow directly from a vision. Yet the colours, the lines and the finish of the characters are anchored in a powerful present which is sometimes complicated and other times burdened only by everyday complexities. This sophisticated way of interpreting the world through illustration was noticed by magazines like The New York Times and various publishing houses, including foreign ones like Éditions du Rouergue, which allowed Daniela to realise her passion and turn it into a job. Not without some difficulties, obviously, especially in a place like Italy where entering certain circles and being recognized as an artist is no easy thing.
Yet the voice of her work is like a drip wearing its way into a stone, and slowly, devotedly, carving its way through it, conquering and absorbing it. Because the word Daniela repeats most often is constancy. She is not afraid to repeat it, not afraid to live it, to measure up to it, or to make it part of her profession – like a crooked line which connects her dreams to her waking days.
The story has been written by Rossella Milone, writer.
Daniela Tieni, a 30-year-old illustrator whose clients has The New York Times, participating in international exhibitions.