elisa capitanio

Elisa Capitanio is an Italian Abstract Artist living in Ireland.

Everything she does, she believes in eliciting balance, emotional uncomplicated colours and simple shapes.
She creates peaceful and harmonious experiences, visually easy to understand. This translates into her art, design and projects.

Untiring tea drinker, Elisa was born with a suitcase and loves the space between the clouds.
She paints since she can remember. Art & colours have always been part of her being.

Elisa's passion lays between exploring gradients and contrasting colours.
The heart of Elisa's inspiration is found in the intensity of sky.

About Elisa's Work

Elisa can't create just one thing - one style of work, one aesthetic, one type of art, so she doesn't. 

Elisa has been painting and drawing all her life. Creativty is deeply rooted in who she is. From pencils to oil, going trough watercolour and acrylic, from bushes to sponges.

She loves exploring different mediums and techniques, and her creative practice is filled with curiosity and sometimes a good dose of unknowing. 
She always welcomes her creativity with freedom.

Elisa paints because she has to, it's a physical need.

She does it for the process, for the mess, for the paint that falls on the canvas, for the challenge of creating what she has in hear mind, heart and hands.
Elisa paints because it makes her feel like someone's listenintng, or she's listening to herself.

Sponges allow her to explore gradients, and her obsession with the always changing sky.

The lines are a constant reminder of the good that can come out of the unknown. An excercise of freedom and trust.


I grew up in Bergamo, a beautiful town in the North of Italy.

As a child I was very much exposed to art and both my parents encouraged me to draw, paint and be creative in any possible way. Exploring new cultures, languages, art, being curious and cultivating a great sense of direction.

I’ve always drawn and coloured but one of my first art memory was when I was 8years old and went to Fortunato Depero (Italian Futurist) art show. I’ve never seen such use of colours and figures repetition before. And as soon as we hopped back into the car, on the way back home, I started drawing, inspired by new shapes.


Creativity expanded and took different meanings throughout the years and along with art, I started writing and creating small objects. 

Creativity become a 360 experience, when I started my Master Degree Course in Insutrial Design in Milano. 

I loved every minute of it, including the early mornings and late nights and all the missed trains...


One month after university ended, I moved to London (where I had my first real cup of tea), my life in a suitcase and hungry eyes.

Living in London was one of the most fulfilling and dense experiences of my life. 

I went through a rapid transformation, while riding the tube and learning how to navigate a big new life.


In 2011, after applying to a job I thought to be in London - not a joke! -, I moved to Dublin and Ireland has become my home since.

I found my pace, my rhythm and a new sky.
Closer sky, heavier, fast. So different from the Italian sky. It always feels like more sky.

Once I settled down in my new habitat, I bought a canvas, colours and a brush and started exploring art again.

looking up

Head in the clouds

The sky has considerable influence on Elisa's work, and over the last few years, every morning, while sipping a very milky cup of tea, she lets inspiration flow in, ready for a new canvas!