|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
After the death of her father in 1935 Sveva lived in home-seclusion with her mother for 25 years. For years she was not allowed to even leave the house, and eventually was allowed to go out of the house into the yard. When her mother died in 1960 she left most of her possessions to the Catholic Church. Sveva, having to support herself, attended the University of Victoria and obtained her Teaching Certificate. She was a high school teacher in Vernon, and began to exhibit as an artist. She retired from teaching in 1981.
She exhibited her work at the Burnaby Art Gallery in 1974, and later had work in the 1990 Artropolis exhibition in Vancouver.
In 1975 Caetani began work on a major series of watercolours titled RECAPITULATION, and finished the project in 1989 after her retirement from teaching. The works were extensively exhibited, with selected works shown in Toronto, Ottawa, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Edmonton, Vernon, Prince George, Kelowna, Dawson Creek, Grand Prairie, and Burnaby. Eventually the artist donated the entire series to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton. This luminous series of paintings is probably the most incredible, sustained artistic vision of imaginary realities ever painted in British Columbia.
The Caetani Centre was founded at 3401 Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon after Caetani died. It is run by the Caetani Cultural Society, with a website at caetani.org.
VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
ARTROPOLIS 1990 (refer to ART90)
Not in Biographical Index of Artists in Canada.
Not in BC Vital Statistics as of April 2021