Evi paints digitally, using photoshop and a digital pen, applying the same level of detail and understanding as she did when she painted traditionally with water colours whilst training and working as a natural history artist.
Once the butterfly is painted, she then features it centrally within a composition of her own sourced images and collaged samples of local graffiti. The digital work is finished as a print, using the highest quality fine art paper in small editions and occasionally one-of-a-kind pieces. Each one is hand finished with acrylic and several layers of varnish.
Evi Antonio was born in London and spent her adolescent years enveloped by an urban landscape. She dreamt of the countryside and found solace by immersing herself in the images of natural history books. This fascination with the natural world was cultivated during her teenage years and further refined as she studied Scientific and Natural history Illustration, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in 1992.
After graduating, Evi worked for many years as a natural history illustrator contributing to several publications using traditional watercolour techniques. She went on to run a successful illustration agency alongside her husband from their studio in a nature reserve. Evi’s dream of living in the countryside was finally realised and she was able to immerse herself in her surroundings and further develop her love and work of natural history.
After raising their two children, Evi made the decision to transition into fine arts where she could fully express her artistic potential. In 2012, she was accepted and exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where her entire edition of ‘Jono’s lobster’ sold. Following the success of this, her first solo show ‘Cimychiaid Jono’ was an exhibition of works inspired by the sea life of the Pembrokeshire coast and her collaboration with a local fisherman, ‘Jono’.
From 2013, Evi’s work was motivated by emotive and spiritual experiences in her life. Loosing her father made a big impact on the themes she started exploring. One of these themes led to her winning an award in 2016 for ‘Best artist in the East of England’ for her painting ‘Papillon de nuit’' with the National Open Art competition.
Evi lives and works between her studio in the Essex countryside, Pembrokeshire and London. Since returning to the city, she is enjoying her new found perspective and looking forward to incorporating this appreciation into her future work.