Angie Elizabeth Brooksby was born in the USA in 1965. She moved to Florence in 1986 after completing a BFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She studied with figurative sculptor John Shan, the son of realist painter Ben Shan; Fulbright Scholar Gene Baldini and Margaret Dowell, Ph. D. In Florence she studied sculpture at the Academia delle Belle Arti then began painting professionally. The 21 years she spent in Florence she painted still lifes of Italian cuisine; wine, olive oil and cheese in long canvases, and she painted landscapes of Tuscany travelling often on a vespa with her easel tied to the back to paint smaller studies then reelaborating larger works in the atelier. She loves to paint from life and considers this to be “zen” paintings, usually of smaller format. She is a colorist that uses unusual combinations of the finest quality pigments. The colours in her Tuscan landscapes are vibrant and give the viewer a sensation of having been there, you can almost smell the vineyards, olive groves and ocre colour earth. The pseudoname Figè comes from a satire of the Italian classic novel “I promessi sposi” by Manzoni where three Italian comedians meet the bella figura, Figè. She has exhibited her paintings in Italy, Germany, France, USA and Japan. Her paintings are in corporate and private collections worldwide.