Interview with artist Tina Caramellino

Tina Caramellino will be inaugurating her latest exhibition in Santa Catalina Café in Yaiza, on Calle Vista de Yaiza , 24 on the 8th of December 2023 at 20:30h. There will be some live music on the day and her work can be visited for the following three months.

Click to open a gallery of Tina’s work:

We got in touch with her to find out more about her and her work:

What is your name and do you have an artistic name?
My name is Christine Caramellino and I artistically I go by Tina.

Where are you from originally, Tina?
I am French from Nice.

How long have you been living in Lanzarote?
I have lived in Lanzarote since 1998.

What brought you here initially?
I came just for a week’s holiday to visit friends and I fell in love with the island and its quality of life.

What is it in particular that you like about Lanzarote?
I love walking around the island, discovering every corner, hiking with friends, snorkeling, enjoying the sea, living a simple, quiet life.  I like everything, the weather, the people, the food! Also the fact that I meet foreigners from all over the world on such a small island. I have friends from the Canary Islands, German, Japanese, English, Swiss, Italian, Colombian, Cuban, Argentinian, etc. that I met here, that opened my mind a lot, and I discovered many different cultures without moving from here!

Lanzarote is indeed a melting pot of cultures! What do you like to do when you are not doing your art?
When I’m not painting I go for walks, listen to music, swim, do sports, take theatre classes, visit or receive friends …. I always like to do new things.

Like a true artist, always staying curious, I see.  How did you got involved in art?
My first job in painting was for the artist Bernard Venet, then I worked for the carnival workshops in Nice, and for house decorating. For 20 years I have been doing exhibitions and I do commissioned paintings.

What inspires you?
I love experimenting with new techniques, I love colours and of course I am very inspired by the island of Lanzarote.

No doubt the island is a source of inspiration. Tell us, what can people expect in your next exhibition?
In this exhibition there are small paintings, mostly watercolours, so that people who come on holiday can take a souvenir of the island with them. They are not big paintings like what I have done so far!

Do you have any projects in mind for the near future? Apart from the exhibition, of course!
I live in the present so I don’t know what the next project will be.

Fair enough. What has been your favourite project in the past?
I really liked participating in collective exhibitions and to mix the arts, with music, dance or theatre. I am very curious to learn new things.

It definitely sounds interesting! How can people follow your new adventures?
They can follow me on Facebook: TinArtwork
Or Instagram: @tinart4u

Thank you so much Tina for your time and looking forward to seeing your work in person!

P.S. A little bird tells me that the views from this place and the coffee and cake served there are well worth a visit so don’t hesitate to stop by when passing or make a detour. Thank me later.