What is Fresco?

See how the Sistine Chapel ceiling was created. Liana narrates as she takes you through the process of her latest fresco titled "Calypso"


The Strappo Technique

This is the technique used to remove frescoes from the wall while transferring them onto cloth. A fascinating and complex process.


My inspiration,
My italy.

A short film showcasing the imagery and experiences that are the inspiration behind the artwork.

Latest Blog Posts

This side of 50.

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015

With new ventures on the horizon its time to look back to the to various milestones on this side of 50. Although the thought of this next birthday may seem depressing at times, it’s also exciting! I have a new awareness of everything, a new perspective on… everything, and a new appreciation of, well, everything! 2015 will also […]

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Home Sweet Phoebe Home

Posted on Sunday, June 15th, 2014

If you can relate to the old saying, “the best part about going away is coming home”, you travel a lot like we do! Having said that, I do love a little bit of change. Going away and seeing new places, people and things can be great,  but when it’s time to come home I […]

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Love and Forever ~ the oak & the olive.

Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014

This is a story of relationship. A collaboration that resulted from a connection made between artists. About a year ago I approached my friend and fellow artist Ken Newman about working together. This was the result. Below you will see the elements we began working with as the story unfolded. “Liana and I are very […]

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1 week left to “celebrate” art

Posted on Saturday, March 15th, 2014

This year’s Celebration of Fine Art has been a whirlwind…I can’t believe there is only 1 week left! This is how my space looked at the beginning of the show and I am so “happy” to report that many of the pieces you see here have indeed found new homes with new collectors! 2 out […]

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A Fresh fresco re-fresh

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

There comes a time when things need to be updated, mixed up and refreshed, so welcome to my updated website. Although we haven’t changed too much I hope  you will find newly uploaded images and categories easy to navigate. As for me and my work, I’ve been mixing things up in preparation for an upcoming […]

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New Season, New Work, New Gallery

Posted on Saturday, June 15th, 2013

My husband and I bought this house, our first home, in the fall of 1999 to follow a dream of home ownership and a move away from the big city, to “cottage country.” It has undergone a lot of changes, not unlike the 2 people that live in it….and the changes continue. Thankfully, all in […]

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A Fresco Backsplash

Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Sometimes you just need time to play and work on something just for the fun of it. I’ve had an idea for a backsplash for a long time and when I needed to organize a painting demo for artwalk El Paseo in Palm Desert at Richard Danskin Gallery I thought this was a good opportunity […]

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Bas Relief Frescoes

Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2013

What is a Bas Relief Fresco? I’ve been enthralled with ‘Basso Rilievo’ since my 5 month sojourn in Florence and full immersion in the wonderful world of  Ghiberti, Donatello and Della Robbia. It took years and circumstance to get me to tackle the medium, but now that I have I am in love. “Fontana Bella” […]

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Palm Springs Whirlwind

Posted on Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Upon arriving in the Palm Springs area it was very apparent that this was ‘the place to be.’ I loved all of it, the mid century architecture that is in abundance, celebrated and restored, the hollywood folklore, the close proximity of the mountains, the palm trees, citrus all wrapped up in a surprisingly small town […]

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California al Fresco!

Posted on Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Welcome to Palm Desert California and some new and exciting news regarding, this place, my work and where you can find me. I first visited the Palm Springs area many years ago but never forgot it’s beauty. The contrasts of lush vegetation within a desert setting and the close proximity of the surrounding mountains are enchanting! […]

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Liana Sofia Tumino

Celebrating 20 years of continued exploration and specialization in fresco painting, an ancient art that requires painting into wet plaster with pure pigment.

Works include small to medium frescoes on panels of wood, tile, stone or cement board, while larger works are detachments from wall to cloth, the result of a restoration process called “The Strappo Technique.” or Fresco detachments.

Most frescoes begin with photographs taken mostly in Southern Italy, aiming to re-live the experience and beauty of each place to evoke a sense of presence to the viewer.

Fine art collectors across the country have found immense value in the historical significance of the medium as well as it’s challenges,complexity and unique beauty.


Remodeling and Home Design

Italian Film I LOVE!

  • *Golden Door (Nuovomondo)
  • The Leopard (Gattopardo)
  • Mafioso
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Kaos
  • Respiro
  • Life is Beautiful
  • *The Tiger and the Snow (La Tigre e la Neve)
  • Il Postino
  • The Flowers of St Francis
  • The Bicycle Thief
  • *Mid-August Lunch(Pranzo di Ferragosto)
  • Wildflower (Fiorile)
  • Quiet Chaos (Caos Calmo)
  • The Nativity Story (well not Italian but filmed in Calabria)

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