Emma Sezzi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she grew up in a family involved in the arts. Her father was an accomplished actor and screen play writer who performed in several well know plays during that era. In 1957 she immigrated with her new family to Southern California to escape the political chaos in her country. There she embarked on a new life continuing to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and theater actress. However, the responsibility of raising children, now two, put those plans on hold. In 1978, with her children grown, she moved with her husband to northern California and became part of the art community performing in several plays and managing the Lassen County Council for the Arts. She became an accomplished batik and stained-glass artist.
In 1996 she and her husband retired from the concrete business beginning a new chapter in their life involving sailing and traveling throughout the world. In 2011 her husband passed away and she moved to Tucson, Arizona. At 80, Emma began to explore the art of painting using a method called “liquid acrylic pouring” which incorporates different acrylic paints, flowing mediums and pigments which are manipulated on canvas to create unique shapes, sometimes abstract sometimes recognizable. When asked why she was drawn to this medium, Emma states: “There are endless creative possibilities thanks to the different ways of combining acrylic paints, resin and mixed media and there’s something so satisfying about watching it spill across a surface.” What began as a side hobby has now turned into a full-time endeavor. She loves to create and share what she has learned with others and collaborates regularly with her daughter who designs jewelry and mixed media abstracts.
Emma finds great joy in teaching art and works with immigrants seeking citizenship status by holding weekly classes to prepare for the USA citizenship test. At 84 she never looks back but always forward for her next challenge.