• Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio Launches
    Vital New Creative Space With Inaugural Event & Art Exhibit
    Friday Traffic
    Featuring New Electro-Expressionist Paintings by tirabassi
    In Chicago’s East Pilsen Neighborhood
    Opening on Friday, October 16, 2015
    Running Through November 16, 2015


    CHICAGO, IL – September 25, 2015 – Maria Tirabassi’s beloved East Pilsen art gallery moves a few doors down and launches a new creative space. Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio will have its official opening on Friday, October 16, 2015 with an inaugural exhibit entitled Friday Traffic. The free event, open to the public, will feature over 50 new electro-expressionist paintings by tirabassi, a selection of works by painter Ariel Estela, and live music by free jazz ensemble Jazz-Phobos. The opening reception runs from 1:00pm until 11:00pm (before and after traffic!) and will offer a selection of wine, cheese, dessert, and coffee. The first 20 guests will receive a complimentary signed tirabassi print. Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio is located at 556 West 18th St., Chicago, IL 60616. Friday Traffic runs through Monday, November 16, 2015. For additional information, please call 312-243-7451 or visit https://www.facebook.com/humilitygallery.

    Maria Tirabassi’s original Humility Gallery, located a few doors down at 564 West 18th Street, bustled with community and creativity for well over a decade in that space, until the building was slated for demolition. The new multiuse space includes an art gallery, tirabassi’s studio, and a black box theater. There are plans for a number of upcoming theatrical productions including King Lear, West Side StoryBOMBART: a theatrical distraction, and Misery Summer. Additionally, an ongoing spoken word series is planned, which includes Spitworthy.


    tirabassi's "There Goes Jupiter" [36" x 24" - mixed medium on Plexiglass - 2015]

    tirabassi’s “There Goes Jupiter”
    [36″ x 24″ – mixed media on Plexiglass – 2015]

    tirabassi’s colorful, naïve electro-expressionist new work evokes the human spirit, often within an atmosphere of pain and oppression. Her haunting paintings of joy are textured with layers of gesso, paint, and ink, often in combination with a variety of unexpected materials. Flowing with life and fluid lines, her inspiring and compelling works incorporate abstract and figurative elements to communicate simple truths. Over the years, tirabassi’s work has drawn comparisons to the art brut of Jean Dubuffet, the expressive color of Matisse, and the lyrical whimsy of Chagall.

    tirabassiMaria Tirabassi Bio –
    Intuitive artist tirabassi (as Maria Tirabassi is commonly known) has been painting since 1994, when she moved into Chicago’s Flat Iron Building. Since then, she has become one of the most prolific independent sellers of art in the city, having sold over three thousand paintings in fifteen years. After moving out of the Flat Iron Building in 1997, she settled into the artist community of East Pilsen. There she started the original Humility Gallery, painting and displaying pieces in the front of the studio, while living in the back.

    She is the founder of the Pilsen Art Nation and the Pilsen Art District Second Friday of the Month Open Art Studios. Her bold works are in private collections in over 20 countries including Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Colombia (where she painted 500 paintings in Quindio and Bogota). Among other honors, she was named Critic’s Choice by Crain’s Chicago Business.  In 2008, MTV purchased tirabassi art and asked her to be in a series involving painting with artistically gifted high school students facing adversity. tirabassi is also an accomplished filmmaker, songwriter, actress, and co-founder of the igLoo theatrical group. Her musical project, Robota, is a compelling and sometimes humorous live performance juxtaposed with recorded multi-media.

    Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio
    Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio, a multiuse venue in Chicago’s East Pilsen neighborhood, offers multidisciplinary art on the cutting edge. Film screenings/festivals, performance art, theatre productions, spoken word, a writer-in-residence program, and music (alternative, electronic, techno, folk, rock, and jazz) will all be offered in the new creative community space, in addition to the established gallery art program. After 16 years a few doors down, the new Humility space now includes an 88-seat black box theater, ideal for original and classic dramas, in addition to the storefront gallery. During “most weeks,” regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm, and by appointment. Free street and lot parking are available.

    • Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio – https://www.facebook.com/humilitygallery
    • tirabassi’s art – http://tirabassigallery.com/Artwork.html


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    For more information, photos, or to schedule an interview, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201 or lynn@greengalactic.com.

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    Friday Traffic
    A Grand Opening Event for
    Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio

    Opening: Friday, October 16, 2015
    1:00pm – 11:00pm
    (before and after Friday traffic!)
    Closing: Monday, November 16, 2015

    Humility Gallery / Tirabassi Studio
    556 West 18th St.
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Original New Electro-Expressionist Paintings

    By tirabassi
    With Guest Artist Ariel Estela and live music by Jazz-Phobos

    •wine, cheese, dessert, coffee
    • the first 20 guests receive a complimentary signed tirabassi print
    • free street and lot parking

    tirabassi – photo courtesy the artist

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