Biography

Biography

1974 Born in Ventimiglia (Italy)

1998 Graduation in Fine Arts, Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence (Italy)

Lives and works in Italy and in Paris

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Solo Show at Goat Art Project curated by Sara Rees (Cardiff – Wales), Double solo Show Ballestra Maria Rebecca/Andrea Francolino curated by Paola Valenti/ Alberto Mattia Martini, Galleria Spazio Testoni (Bologna-Italy) 2012 Itinerary project Journey into Fragility, promoted by ADAC (Archive of Contemporary Art of the University of Genoa), Kalart (Switzerland), Galerie Alberta Pane (France), Maqroll (Italy) and Ramdom (Italy) 2011 Changing Perspective, series of own exhibitions, installations and site specific projects curated by Paola Valenti in collaboration with Alessandra Piatti e Daniela Legotta (Genoa – Italy), included: Post Human Garden – Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce; Eyes on Asia – Museum of the Cultures of the worlds; The Weight of the Human Being, Sala Dogana Ducale Palace; The Future is near. The Future is now! UnimediaModern Gallery; There’s plenty of room at the botton, Genoa Port Center 2010 Suspended Time, Heritage House Gallery,  Dubaї  (U.A.E.) The Future is near. The Future is now!, KernotArt Gallery, Paris (France), curated by Luca Bochicchio; 2009 Kisses from China, Phodar Biennale, Sofia (Bulgaria); 2008 Kisses from China, Kernot Art Gallery, Paris (France); Incontri: Arte Giovane al museo, Museo Civico di Palazzo Borea d’Olmo, Sanremo (Italy), curated by Leo Lecci and Paola Valenti; 2007 Recent Works, Kernot Art Gallery, Paris (France), curated by Alberta Pane; 2006 Mosques, Beniamino Gallery, Bordighera (Italy)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013  Video Projection of the video “Dialogue for Preservation” during the Swiss Annual Development Cooperation Conference "A fragile world – young people’s perspectives" - Lugano Congress Center (Switzerland) , Sea Art Festival by Busan Biennale, South Korea  project in collaboration with Rachela Abbate),Invisible Cities – 12 artist for Calvino”, Accademia Ligustica (Genoa, Italy), organised by Foundation Mario Novaro, Video Festival Old Ambulance Depot in Edinburgh (Scotland) , 5th edition of FIVAC, International Video Art Festival, in Camaguey, “The Next Resistance” section, (Cuba), Marais Digital – courtesy Mamia Bretesche Gallery– Paris (France), RicCAA International Biennial of Art and Design of Padova (Italy), ex macello, curated by Marisa Merlin, In-Naturale, Foundation Villa Margherita-Famiglia Teruzzi, Bordighera (IM) curated by Leo Lecci 2012 Centenary Docks Dora, cultural event organized by SAL – Spazio AdLbitum for the celebrations of 100 years of Docks Dora - Rolli Days, Tobia Pallavicino Palace (Genoa – Italy), courtesy UnimediaModern 2011 AL-GHAIB. Aesthetics of Disappereance, MARAYA ART CENTRE, Sharjah (U.A.E.); STUX Gallery (Chelsea - New York) curated by Gaia Serena Simionati 2010 MC² - Museum’s collections # 2 - Theme and variation in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Genoa (Italy), curated by Francesca Serrati; Qui Vive?, Moscow Biennale (Russia), curated by Daria PyrkinaVideo Festival VideoAppart, Paris (France) – Dubaї (U.A.E.), courtesy Mamia Bretesche Gallery; Mashrab Maghrab, Heritage House Gallery, Contemporary Art Exhibition selected by Bastakia Art Fair, Dubaї (U.A.E.), courtesy Mamia Bretesche; 2009 Sowing Seeds, Kaman Art Gallery, Jodhpur (India), curated by Nilesh Shidhpura; Phodar Biennial ’09, Bulgaria, curated by Antoan Bozhinov Pevlen; Intersection -Correlation, Turn-Berlin Art Space, Berlin (Germany), curated by Brian Hackney; La Grande Abbuffata. Scarti, Scorie, Sprechi. Risorse energetiche?, Auditorium of Palazzo Rosso, Genoa (Italy), curated by Ko.Ji.Ku. (Consorzio Giovani Curatori); 2008 Sculpture Quadrennial Riga, Riga (Latvia), organized by the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Latvia and Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC); 21th Instants Video, Marseille (France), supported by the French Ministry for Culture, the Regional Council (PACA), the city of Marseille and the European Commission; Tracing love 24/7, Magacine Gallery, curated by DEVE, Belgrade, Serbia; Urban Jealousy - 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Istanbul (Turkey), curated by Amirali Ghasemi and Serhat Koksal; Kaléidoscope de la création émergente, Paris-Strasbourg-Bordeaux (France), curated by Helene Mugnier and Adrien Pasternak; Video Festival Video Appart, Paris (France), courtesy Mamia  Bretesche Gallery; Arrivi e Partenze. Italia, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (Italy), curated by Alberto Fiz and Walter Gasperoni; Rencontre Monaco-Japan, Auditorium Ranieri III, Monaco (Principality of Monaco); Nature et Artifice, Salle du 4, Monaco (Principality of Monaco); 2007 Forging Time, Kernot ArtGallery, Paris (France), curated by Adrien Pasternak; VI Biennal of Plastic Arts, Foundation Rafael Boti, Cordoba (Spain); Art for Prabhat, Global Artist Village, Delhi (India); Doppiogioco, Loggia delle Mercanzie, Genoa (Italy), curated by Francesca Serrati; 2006 The Barbie Picture Show, CVB Space, New York (USA), curated by Stefania Carrozzini; Provocazioni, Accademia Balbo, Bordighera (Italy), curated by Judit Torok; FLASHES,  BAG – Borsa Arte Giovane, Genoa (Italy), curated by Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce; Big Screen, Yunnan Art Institute Kunming–Yunnan, (China); Bear in Mind, Studio H2o, Milan–Turin (Italy), curated by Rieko Hagiwara; Ecce Omo, Spazio Umanitaria di Milano, Milan (Italy), curated by Ass. Arte da Mangiare; 2005 Secrets, CVB Space, curated by Stefania Carrozzini, (New York), USA; Art’s diary Intervene, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei (Taiwan), curated by Ashley Chang; Capturing Utopia, Fournos Centerfor Digital Image, Athens (Greece); Rolled up, Piclked Art of Beijing, Beijing (China), curated by Stefania Carrozzini; The most beautiful thing I ever saw, Berliner Kunstprojekt, Berlin (Germany); Fotoesordio, University Tor Vergata, Rome (Italy), curated by GNAM (Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna); Talk to the City, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (Italy); Arte da mangiare Mangiare Arte, Castello Sforzesco, Milan (Italy); 2004 The sense of signs, Salle d’exposition 4, Monaco (Principality of Monaco); San Carlo per l’Arte, Turin (Italy); XM-Atto1°, Bologna (Italy)

 

ART FAIRS

2013 Arte Fiera (Bologna- Italy) represented by the gallery Spazio Testoni 2010 PhotoTaipei 2010,Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei, represented by Ko.Ji.Ku. (Consorzio Giovani Curatori) Association and AdAC (Archive of Contemporary Art) of University o Genoa, Taipei (Taiwan); SHContemporary, represented by Kernot Art Gallery,Paris (France) Shangai (China); Swab Art Fair, Barcelona (Spain), represented by Kernot Art Gallery, Paris (France); 2009 Slick Fair, Paris (France), represented by Kernot Art Gallery, Paris (France); 2008 Creek Art Fair, (Dubai, UAE), represented by Art Show Gallery; Slick Fair, Paris (France), represented by Kernot Art Gallery, Paris (France); Mois de la Photo Off, Paris (France); 2007 Digital and video art fair Diva Fair, Les Louvres des Antiquaires, Paris (France)

 

RESIDENCES

2013 Artist Residence Program Rhod 2013 – Future Nature Culture Carmarthenshire (Wales) – curated by Sara Rees 2012 Artist residence Program at Abetenim Village (Ghana) supported by NKA Foundation, Artist Residence Program at PROG KULTUR ZENTRUM (BernSwitzerland) supported by KALART, Artist residence program Poject XENIA (PescaraItaly) supported by Cultural Association HUMANITAS 2011 Selected for DEFAULT Masterclass in Residence: On Art, Cities and Regeneration, Lecce, (Italy), organized by RAMDOM  2009 Selected for the International Artist Camp “Sowing Seeds” in Sar Village, Rajasthan (India); 2008 Selected for the Artist Residence Program at CEAC (Chinese European Art Center), Xiamen (China); Selected for the 1st International Openart Residency, Eretria (Greece) organized by Cheap Art Gallery, Athens; 2007 Selected for the Artist Residence Program at Global Arts Village, Delhi (India); 2006 Selected for the Artist Residence Program at Gozo Contemporary, Malta; 2005 Selected for the Artist Residence Program at Taipei Artist Village,Taipei (Taiwan); 2003 Selected for the Artist Residence Program at Europos Parkas, Open-Air  Contemporary Art Museum of the Centre of Europe, Vilnius (Lithuania)

 

PRIZES

2013 Award Honorable Mention - Santo Foundation (USA), Second Prize Sea Art Festival by Busan Biennale (Korea) 2008 Selected for the “San Fedele Prize”, Cultural Center San Fedele, Milan (Italy); Selected by the Fnch Group Moet-Hennessy to take part in the Exhibition   Kaléidoscopede la creation émergente; 2007 First Prize at “Duchessa di Galliera”, Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce Genoa (Italy); Finalist for “Premio Celeste” Prize, Florence (Italy); Jury Prize at the Exhibition Nature et Artifice, Salon des Artistes Monegasques de l’AIAP et de l’UNESCO; 2006 Finalist for “Premio Celeste” Prize, Florence (Italy); 2005 Winner of the “Movin’ up”, Turin (Italy); Finalist for “Fotoesordio” Prize, University Tor Vergata, Rome (Italy); 2003 Selected for the XI Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Athens (Greece);  

 

LECTURES AND SYMPOSIUMS

2013 Talk “Art and ecology” Small World Theatre (Cardigan – Wales) 2012 Lecture "Journey into Fragility", Maraya Art Center (Sharjah-UAE; Lecture at PROG Zentrum (Bern-Switzerland) 2011 Lecture "Paesaggi artistici per lo spazio Pubblico", Liberrima, Lecce (Italy), included in the program ART LAB (Dialogue on the Culture management); Lecture "Post Human Garden", Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce during the Genoa Science Festival (Genoa,Italy); Coffee Hour at Castello d'Albertis Museum of the Cultures of the World (Genoa, Italy) 2008 Lecture and Public presentation, Multimedia Department, Xiamen University(China); Lecture, University of Genoa, Genoa (Italy); Lecture and Public presentation, Museo di Palazzo Borea d’Olmo, Sanremo (Italy); 2007 Lecture, Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti, Genoa (Italy); 2006 Lecture and Public presentation, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei (Taiwan); Workshop and Performance with 100 students of MCAST Art and Design Institute Mosta, Malta

 

WORKSHOPS

2006 Selected for the art workshop MAM Mediterranean Art Meeting, Bomba Lake, Chieti (Italy); 2004 Seminar on slate sculpture, Caves of slate, Molini di Triora (Italy); 2001 Seminar The history of Spanish ceramics, Ceramics Museum of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); 1999 Seminar-workshop The artist and the city with the Spanish artist Rogelio Lopez Cuenon, Malaga (Spain); 1998 Seminar on plastic art with Luigi Stoisa (artist) and Sergio Risaliti (director of the Contemporary Art Museum “Le Papesse” of Siena, Turin (Italy); Monographic course about The life and the art of Pablo Picasso, organized by “Foundation Picasso”, University and Municipality of Malaga, Malaga (Spain)

 

WORKS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Global Arts Village, Delhi (India) Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Genoa (Italy); Taipei Artist Village, Taipei (Taiwan) GAM - National Galley of Modern Art, Rome (Italy); Gozo Contemporary, Gozo (Malta); Excelsa Security, Monaco (Principality of Monaco); San Carlo School, Turin (Italy); Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris (France); Cheap Art Gallery, Athens (Greece).