BIO - Julia Simoniello, Visual Artist
Julia Simoniello is an artist and illustrator from Staten Island, New York. She is currently a BFA Illustration student at the School of Visual Arts.
This series of illustrations is based on Madama Butterfly, an opera by Giacomo Puccini. It is the tragic story of a tactless American navy officer, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries the young, naive Cio Cio-san (Japanese for "butterfly") during his brief station in Nagasaki. Cio Cio-san falls in love with him, but he quickly returns to America and marries another woman. She faithfully waits for him for three years, having no family but their son. He returns with his new wife, only to take his son from Cio Cio-san. Nobody tells her the truth, until it is too late.
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