Milisa Galazzi

“String Theory WD Four” 48x20x8 paper, thread, encaustic


Milisa Galazzi is best known for her three dimensional hand sewn shadow drawings, her printed works on paper, and her richly layered abstract paintings. Her artwork highlights the interrelated forces of the physical world particularly when these associations are punctuated by substantial distance or separation by time. Through subtle visual layering, Galazzi acknowledges the passage of time as well as celebrates the power of human connections over generations.

“String Theory 3” 30x12x6 paper, thread, encaustic



My work is about human connections punctuated by physical distance and separation by time. Thoughts and observations about universal human characteristics create the impulse to make an object, and in this way the work is a visual footprint of my thinking. My paintings, sculpture, and installations explore light, space, and layering, while visually allude to the power of human relationships, the passage of time, and my place within that continuum. Rope, thread, paper, wax, and lace, together with repetition and the use of words, often find a home in my art. These elements are metaphors for human connections and memories held together over time. My works are enduring conversations about relationships – both literal and visual – while simultaneously celebrating the fortitude of the human spirit. — Milisa Galazzi



“Strung Together 10” 6×6 oil stick, graphite, cold wax on panel

“Strung Together 12” 6×6 oil stick, graphite, cold wax on panel

“Strung Together 15” 6×6  oil stick, graphite, cold wax on panel













“Creating webs of cut paper that produce ‘a visible dance of light’ when suspended in layers slightly away from the wall, Milisa Galazzi reminds us that structure is not just an armature for mass. In her String Theory series, Galazzi draws with hand stitching on paper, then cuts the paper along the lines of the stitching and dips the resulting lattice into beeswax. Because wax transparentizes the paper as well as stiffens it, light hitting the structure appears to illuminate it internally. At the same time, because the illuminated web has physicality, the layers of paper cast multiple shadows. Galazzi has brilliantly created object, image and silhouette as a kind of dimensional lace.”  Joanne Mattera, Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure and Surface, Heftler Gallery, Endicott College, 2015.


“Single Thread” 20×20  oil, encaustic on birch

“Connection” 20×20  oil, encaustic on birch

“Sustained” 20×20 oil, encaustic on birch

“Mending” 20×20  oil, lace, encaustic on birch


Notable Exhibitions:

2018 Organic to Geometric Part II, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA

2017 Welcome Blanket Project, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015 Contemporary Cape Cod Artists on Abstraction, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

2015 Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure and Surface, Endicott College, Heftler Gallery Beveryly, MA

2014 Swept Away…Contemporary Encaustic, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

2014 Hidden Worlds, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

2013 Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

2013 Newport Art Museum Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Newport, RI

2013 19 on Paper 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI


Education and Notable Collections:

Milisa Galazzi’s work is held in private international collections as well as public collections in the United States such as Women and Infants Hospital and the Women’s Medicine Collaborative in Rhode Island. She exhibits nationally in solo and group shows in both galleries and museums, and presents at national and international conferences such as the International Encaustic Conference and the National Art Education Association Conference in New York City. Her artwork has been featured and reviewed in Surface Design, FiberArts and ArtScope magazines as well as in books such as, “Contemporary Cape Cod Artist: On Abstraction,” and “Paper + Wax, Techniques in Handmade Paper and Encaustic” as wells as, “Encaustic Art in the Twenty First Century.” Galazzi was ‘boat schooled’ as a child while she and her family traveled and lived aboard their thirty-one foot trimaran sail boat hand built by her father. She received an MA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design were she exhaustively researched the educational effectiveness of community-based art education settings and her findings are published by Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Project Zero Press, 1999. In addition, Galazzi holds a BA from Brown University where she studied Studio Art with minors in Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She attended Studio Art College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy and graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover. Her broad education directly informs the content of her art making. Galazzi works full time in her studio in Providence, Rhode Island and on Cape Cod in the summer months.

R&F Handmade Paints Artist of the Month; Q&A with Milisa Galazzi & Gallery Director Laura Moriarty, September 1-30, 2012