Mia Tavonatti painting

Paintings and Glass Mosaics by Mia Tavonatti

Over the last twenty-five years, Mia has crafted an award winning, diverse career in art that is inspired by a life of adventure, beauty and faith. Her paintings and glass mosaics can be found in public, private, institutional and corporate collections worldwide from Marriott Resorts and Harrah’s Casinos to the United States Air Force.

Mia has been known to paint with glass. Her intricate stained glass mosaics weave her experience as a painter with her love of high renaissance glass mosaics. She has created numerous mosaics for churches, restaurants, residences, corporations and public works projects throughout the US over the last sixteen years. Mia’s monumental glass mosaics Svelata and the Crucifixion of Christ garneted her consecutive 2nd and 1st Place awards at Artprize, the world’s largest art completion, in 2010 and 2011, exposing her to an even wider audience.

Throughout my life, only one thing has remained constant, my conversation with the Divine. This dialog has written itself into my work since I picked up my first crayon. Over the years, my spirit has been developed, explored and revealed through my content and my craft. It is here that I reach for the Ideal…where I seek perfection and marry above with below, male with female, light with shadow…here where I adventure beyond the veil to discover the beauty that lies beyond the illusion. Material and spirit dance and romance in my work, fall in love, divide and depart, build up and tear down and forge the alchemical fires that enable and create a fertile ground where transformation occurs and a greater, higher love is discovered. The soul, once lost but now found, is liberated after lying dormant for years beneath the surface of emotional waters too deep to tread.

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Many naturally assume that growing Western world belief in reincarnation is primarily based on a simultaneous increasing influence of Eastern religion and thought. This assumption is due, in part, that (many) Eastern religions have long known spiritual traditions that incorporate the concept of reincarnation. Paying close attention, the current Western World “rebirth” of a belief in reincarnation (pun intended) owes much or most of the credit to the ancient classical Greeks and their fascinating views on the afterlife and reincarnation. In particular, we owe many of our ideas to the musings and discourses of the ancient classical Greek philosopher Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347 BC).

Reincarnation and ancient Greeks
The idea of re-incarnation was not unknown to the ancient Greeks. The eminent philosopher Plato was a major exponent of this belief (as was Pythagoras and the Orphic mystery religion(s)). Plato attributed the idea back to his mentor Socrates, who he recounts saying upon his deathbed: “I am confident in the belief that there truly is such a thing as living again, and that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence, and that the good souls have a better portion than the evil”. – Plato, Phaedo

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