Biography

Franca Marini is an Italian international artist. She pursued her artistic academic studies in Italy followed by her studies in painting in the United States. She lived and worked as a professional artist in New York Cty for over 10 year. After many years experience in the pictorial arts, she is currently engaged in the creation of site-specific installations and video art. The subjects of her videos are connected to urban settings of contemporary metropolis and to human rights issues. Her work has been shown in Europe, United States, Central America and Palestine.

born
Siena, Italy

Education
1990-89 San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, independent study in painting
1988 Fort Mason Art Center San Francisco, painting class
1987 Centro d’Arte Il Verrocchio Casole d’Elsa (Siena), drawing and sculpture class
The Citylit London, painting class
1986-82 Accademia di Belle Arti Florence, degree in painting, graduated summa cum laude
1982-78 Istituto Statale d'Arte Duccio di Buoninsegna Siena, degree in painting, graduated with highest honours


SELECTED VIDEO SCREENINGS
a dream in Gaza

- December 2016 - February 16 2017, Stanze della Memoria
Istituto Storico della Resistenza senese e dell'Età Contemporanea (ISRSEC), Siena
- April 2016, Arsenale Cinema, Pisa, debate with the author
- March 12 2016, Al Ard Doc Film Festival, Cineteca Sarda, Cagliari
- February 6 2016 7° Premio Stefano Chiarini La Tenda, Modena
- December 4 2015 Uomini come voi Aula Magna del Rettorato, Siena, organized by Link Siena, University of Siena
- November 26 2015 War and peace: understanding and addressing the conflict
London Kingston University, School of Psychology Criminology and Sociology, organized by the Department of Psychology
- November 5 2015, P21 gallery, London, debate with director Franca Marini, moderated by journalist Amelia Smith
- October 30 2015 Confini / Borders Visionaria International Film Festival, special event
Teatro Alfieri, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena
- August 1 2105, Khalim Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine, debate with the artist
- May 14, 2015 Al Aqsa University, Gaza Strip, Palestine
Cosa es lo humano?
- July 14 2012, Le notti dell’Archeologia – Archeofest, Cetona
Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona, Maria Teresa Cuda, curator
presentation by Antonio Locafaro and Franca Marini, new version with music by Prada & Soragna
- November 21 2010, SonoMACLab, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
curated by Andrés Lugo, live performance by Trili music ensemble
Urban Lines
- January 26 2017 the metropolis and the artist - The collective and social dimension of the city told by an artist
Le Stanze della Memoria, Siena, debate with artist Franca Marini, prof. Bernardina Sani and arch. Marina Gennari
Centro Mara Meoni, Istituto Storico della Resistenza senese e dell'Età Contemporanea (ISRSEC)
- September 10/16 2009, Universal Language Queens College Art Center, New York, presentation by Franca Marini
- February 20 2009, FuturismoistarteaSiena – Mattinatafuturista
Istituto Statale d’Arte Duccio di Buoninsegna, Siena, curated by Fabio Mazzieri, presentation by Esther Biancotti
- January 21 2009, franca marini urban lines, Palazzo San Galgano, Siena
SanGalganoSquare, series of contemporary art exhibitions curated by Massimo Bignardi
Università degli Studi di Siena, chair of Contemporary Art History, presentation by Esther Biancotti
- October 22 2008, ENS, Siena
Space and Communication conference, Siena School of Liberal Arts Annual Conference
video installation with sculptural works by artist Joe Smith



SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2009 Universal Language Queens College Art Center, New York, "The Poetics of Transculture"
Tara Mathison, curator, catalogue
  francamariniurbanlines Palazzo San Galgano, Siena, SanGalganoSquare contemporary art exhibition series
curated by Massimo Bignardi, Università degli Studi di Siena, Chair of Contemporary Art History
sponsored by Siena Local Council Department of Culture, exhibition coordination by Esther Biancotti
2008 Urban Lines StudioArteFuoriCentro, Rome, Ivana D’Agostino, curator, catalogue
2007 From painting to images 234 gallery, Buffalo State College, State University of New York, Buffalo
2005 Reconstrucción en rojo Nuevas Obras Galería Nacional, San José, Costa Rica, Rolando Castellón, curator, catalogue
2001 Sogno di un nuovo mondo - opere recenti, Museo dell’Antica Grancia, Centro Civico per l’Arte Contemporanea La Grancia
Serre di Rapolano (Siena), catalogue
1999 Galleria Tornabuoni Florence
1996 The Interior Landscapes Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, catalogue
1995 Kafka Gallery, New York
1989 Diciannove giovani artisti Museo Civico, Colle di Val d’Elsa (Siena), Enrico Crispolti, curator, catalogue
  Lick-Wilmerding Gallery, San Francisco
1988 Galleria Bastione di Sapia, Colle Val d'Elsa ( Siena), Giovanni Pala, curator
upcoming
 2017 Visions from the metropolis – an artistic research between urban life and early renaissance imagery
Karl and Helen Burger Gallery, kean University, Union, N.J.
2018 Transmigration and immigration Human Rights Institute at Kean University, Union, N.J.


TWO AND THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

1988 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco
1995 479 Gallery (two person show), New York
1994 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York
1992 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco
  Seraphine Gallery, Englewood, NJ


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016-17     libertà delle memorie Le Stanze della Memoria
Istituto Storico della Resistenza senese e dell'Età Contemporanea (ISRSEC), Siena, Fabio Mazzieri, curator
2016 Librartis Artist Books You Can Touch Czurles-Nelson Gallery at SUNY BUffalo State, Fabio Mazzieri, curator
  Librartis Artist Books You Can Touch Northern Kentucky University Art Galleries, Highland Heights, KY
Fabio Mazzieri, curator
2015 Librartis Artist Books You Can Touch Burger Gallery, kean University, Union, NJ, Fabio Mazzieri, curator
2014 Brujas pero tambien brujos Aglutinador - Brücke, Havana, Sandra Ceballos, curator
  Gestos Mary Chacon Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica, Collección Rolando Castellón
2013 3rd International ArtBook Fair Studio E-5 Cubberley Studios, Palo Alto, CA, Rolando Castellón, curator
  Il fine dell’arte? Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi, Antonio Locafaro, curator
2012 Giornate Europee Del Patrimonio Museo dell’Antica Grancia, Serre di Rapolano (Siena)
Museo Civico Archeologico e d’Arte Sacra, Asciano (Siena)
Fondazioni Musei Senesi, Siena Art Institute
2012-11     De Colección Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC) San José, Costa Rica, María José Chavarría, curator
2011 TEXT-o-&-figure Fabula Urbis, Lisbon / Centro Alfredo Pinheiro, Cascais (Lisbon), Rolando Castellón, curator
2010 TEXT-o-&-figure Galería Nacional, San José, Costa Rica / Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, Rolando Castellón, curator
2009 Terracotta in public and private collections Museo della Terracotta, Petroio (Siena)
2008 Segni/Disegni StudioArteFuoriCentro, Rome
2004 Ad occhi aperti Studio Hyunnart, Rome
2003 Charles Chamot Gallery, New Jersey, NJ
  Grabar – Grabando, Galería Nacional, San José, Costa Rica, Rolando Castellón, curator
2000 Galleria Didee Arte Comtemporanea, Siena
1999 Galleria Didee Arte Comtemporanea, Siena
1998 Stephen Gang Gallery, New York
1995 All the world in a painting Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
1994 Blondies Contemporary Art, New York
1993 Painting Center, New York
  Seraphine Gallery, Englewood, NJ
1992 The Columbus Boat Show Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, Paul Bridgewater and Laura Kruger, curators
  Rachael Freedman Contemporary Fine Arts, New York
1991 Yerba Buena Gardens Cultural Center, San Francisco, Rolando Castellón, curator, brochure
1990 The Soul Minus Zero Gallery, Los Angeles
  Freedom: a personal statement Grounds For The Arts Gallery, San Geronimo, CA
1989 Dream Reality Doma Gallery, New York
1985 Una nuovissima generazione dell’arte italiana Fortezza Medicea Siena, Enrico Crispolti, curator, brochure
  Piero della Francesca, il lavoro interpretato Sala Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Sansepolcro (Arezzo)
Teatro Comunale, Monterchi, (Arezzo), Logge del Vasari  (Arezzo), Mariano Apa, curator, catalogue
1984 L’arte del vedere Palazzo Corsini, Albano Laziale (Rome), Mariano Apa, curator, catalogue
  La visitazione rivisitata Biblioteca Comunale “Aldo Palazzeschi", Carmignano (Florence)
Mariano Apa, curator, catalogue


CRITICISM/PRESS

2015 Grieco, Sonia. GAZA. Fahid sogna la libertà video-intervista in Nena News, September 14
http://nena-news.it/gaza-fahid-sogna-la-liberta/
2009 Mathison, Tara. The Trifecta of Franca Marini in “Franca Marini Universal Language", catalogue exhibition, New York
Queens College Art Center, Carlo Cambi Editore, Siena, 2009, p. 8
  Morgan, C.Robert. The Transformation of Desire: A New Installation by Franca Marini in “Franca Marini Universal Language" catalogue exhibition, New York, Queens College Art Center, Carlo Cambi Editore, Siena,  2009, pp.38-41
  Biancotti, Esther. franca marini urban lines, exhibition presentation text, Siena, Palazzo San Galgano
Università degli Studi di Siena
2008 Maestrini, Giulia. Franca Marini, da Siena a New York sulle tracce delle “Urban Lines” in “La Nazione”, Florence, June 22
Perrone, D. New York, Siena e Roma a confronto nell’opera di Franca Marini in "La Voce"
D’Agostino, Ivana. Urban Lines in “Urban Lines”, catalogue exhibition, Rome, StudioArteFuoriCentro
2007 Maestrini, Giulia. Il sogno americano di Franca. Da Siena alla University of New York in “La Nazione”
Florence, November 11
2005 Maestrini, Giulia. Torna a splendere il teatro della Grancia. Con un’opera d’arte in “La Nazione”, Florence, October 28
Coccoli, Donatella. Personale di Franca Marini in Costa Rica in “Corriere di Siena”, Siena, September 22
Herrera, Sofia. Qué tienen en común un coreano y una italiana? in “La Repubblica”, San José, Costa Rica, September 18
Molina, Dunia. Nuevas Obras de Franca Marini  in ” Reconstrucción en rojo Nuevas Obras”, catalogue exhibition
San José, Costa Rica, Galería Nacional, pp. 8-9
  Bandini, Silvia / Biancotti, Esther. Palabras Aladas in ” Reconstrucción en rojo Nuevas Obras”, catalogue exhibition
San José, Costa Rica, Galería Nacional, pp. 30-39
2001 Iannello, Riccardo. Racconto pittorico di un mondo da sogno in “La Nazione”, Florence, August 21
Tonelli, Massimiliano. Franca Marini – Sogno di un nuovo mondo in Exibart  July 26
Savelli, Anna. Quel mondo nuovo sognato sulle tele, in “Corriere di Siena”, Siena, July 21
Coccoli, Donatella. Sogno di un nuovo mondo - opere di Franca Marini in “De - sign”, Modena, July – September, pp. 40-41
  Fargnoli, Domenico. Sogno di un nuovo mondo  in “Sogno di un nuovo mondo - opere recenti”, catalogue exhibition
Serre di Rapolano (Siena), Museo dell’Antica Grancia, pp.5-9
  Panzera, Annamaria. The sense of things. Some notes on Franca Marini’s paintings in  “Sogno di un nuovo mondo – opere recenti” catalogue exhibition, Serre di Rapolano (Siena), Museo dell’Antica Grancia, pp. 33-37
  Piersimoni, Cristina. The voice of silence in “Sogno di un nuovo mondo - opere recenti”, catalogue exhibition
Serre di Rapolano (Siena), Museo dell’Antica Grancia, pp. 43-46
1996 Morgan, Robert. The Interior Landscapes, catalogue exhibition, New York, Elizabeth Harris Gallery
1991 Castellón, Rolando. New Paintings by Franca Marini, brochure exhibition, San Francisco
Yerba Buena Gardens Cultural Center
1989 Piersimoni, Cristina. Le materie vive di Pala e Marini in “N.C. Nuovo Corriere”, Siena, August 23
Coletti, Antonella. L’Arte di due giovani pittori: un rapporto diverso con la natura in “Il Campo di Siena”, Siena, April 8
Magni, Grazia. “Diciannove giovani artisti”, catalogue exhibition, Colle di Val d’Elsa (Siena), Museo Civico, p. 36 ill.
1985 Apa, Mariano. Piero della Francesca. L’opera interpretata, catalogue exhibition
Sansepolcro (Arezzo), Sala Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Monterchi, (Arezzo) Teatro Comunale, Arezzo, Logge del Vasari
p. 34 ill.
1984 Apa, Mariano. La Visitazione rivisitata, catalogue exhibition, Carmignano (Florence)
Biblioteca Comunale “Aldo Palazzeschi”, p. 8
  Apa, Mariano. L’arte del vedere, catalogue exhibition, Albano Laziale (Rome), Palazzo Corsini, p. 11


LECTURES
2015 Al Aqsa University / The Italian Center for Cultural Exchange, Gaza Strip, Palestine
2007 Buffalo State College, State University of New York visiting artist lecturer on her work
2005 Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  guest lecturer on her work
2003 Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan guest lecturer on her work
2000 American University, Corciano (Perugia) guest lecturer on her work
1993 The City College (CUNY), New York,  guest lecturer on “The influences of 14th and 15th century Sienese painting on the art of a contemporary Italian painter”


SOCIO-CULTURAL ART PROJECTS
2014-15 Italy-GazaStrip Festival, social cultural exchange project, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza Strip, Palestine
               organized by the Italian Center for Cultural Exchange VIK of Gaza
2014      ongoing project, Arci Carretera Central e ARCS Culture Solidali project, La Habana:
               Santa Fè, rafforzamento dei servizi socio culturali per lo sviluppo comunitario


VISITING ARTIST PROJECTS /
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROJECTS
2007 Buffalo State College, State University of New York, visiting artist project
1998 Metropolitan Montessori School, New York Artist of the Month - for the month of May - artist in residence project


GRANTS AND AWARDS
1998 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship recipient for painting


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
2009-10 Pediatrics Department  of Siena University Hospital “Le Scotte”, Siena
2006-09 P.zza G. Amendola, Siena Grancia di Montisi Theatre (Siena)
2005 Grancia di Montisi Theatre (Siena)


MUSEUM AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Le Stanze della Memoria, Istituto Storico della Resistenza senese e dell'Età Contemporanea (ISRSEC), Siena
Biblioteca Comunale degli Intronati Siena
Museo della Terracotta Petroio (Siena)
Istituto Statale d’Arte Duccio di Buoninsegna di Siena
Buffalo State College State University of New York, Buffalo
Scuola di Specializzazione in Storia dell’Arte Università degli Studi di Siena
Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC) San José, Costa Rica
Museo di Arte Contemporanea Italiana in America San Josè, Costa Rica
Galería Nacional San José, Costa Rica
Centro Civico per l’Arte Contemporanea La Grancia Serre di Rapolano (Siena)
The Museum of Art and Origins New York
The Appleton Museum of Art Ocala’s Fine Art Museum, Florida
Provveditorato agli Studi di Siena (Istituto Statale d’Arte Duccio di Buoninsegna di Siena collection)


TEACHING
2009-16 Siena School for Liberal Arts / Siena Art Institute  painting instructor
1999-16 SUNY Siena Program of the Buffalo State College  painting instructor
2006-07 Studio Art Centers International (SACI), Florence, painting instructor                  
2003-05 Istituto Statale d’Arte Duccio di Buoninsegna Siena, painting instructor
1991-92 The League School Brooklyn, NY volunteer painting instructor for emotionally challenged elementary and high school students
1990 Youth Guidance Center San Francisco, art project coordinator with juvenile delinquents