I confess that I lived!
There are no better suited words than these by
Pablo Neruda to epitomize, as a manifest, Barbara's human and artistic
Born in Rome on July 24th 1963, she was three years
old when, briefly left alone on her potty-chair, she “painted” the
bathroom walls with the only material available at the moment: her own
poop! Mum and dad's amused astonishment was followed by surprise, for
those signs – and more importantly those gestures that had generated
them – were not at all by chance. Then on, the whole family made sure
to never let her run out of drawing paper – even though little Barbara
kept on liking room walls better - on which she spent so many hours
practicing, fortunately now with colored crayons, chalk, pencils and
Graduated with highest marks at the 3rd Art School
De Merode in Rome, she attended several workshops and postgraduate
classes where she learned and experimented a wild range of painting
and decorative techniques and expressive languages, revealing the main
qualities of an artist: curiosity and versatility! Her paintings soon
become a mosaic of techniques and styles, she experiments round the
clock, even in her real life! She's about twenty years old when, at
the end of a long journey “on the road”, she went living into an ex
Franciscan monastery, along with other young people in search for the
“perfect social environment”, and that's where she kept on painting
over everything she can find: wood, metal, recycled cardboard, her
beloved walls, meanwhile learning how to take care of a vegetable
garden, cook for thirty people, paint on parchment paper a
herbarium of the over 3000 plants the monastery had, as well as
making clothes and jams! In another one of her journeys, she ended up
at the Cozzo Castle, in Lomellina near by Pavia, where she learned how
to restore ancient carpets.
When coming “back home”, Barbara is an artist who
has already had a chance to experiment with all the main traditional
and avant-garde painting techniques, as well as decorative arts
applied to interior design and architecture.
She lives in her home atelier in the outskirts of
Rome, where she works for various interior design studios and private
Painting: acrylic, water and oil paintings
and portraits (from photos too) , painting on satin and satik, fresco
painting and trompe l'oeil, decorative panels, theatrical set design.
Textile: embroidery with beads and sequins,
filet, hemstitch and gigliuccio (ancient Italian embroidery
technique) on linen, knitting and crochet hook. Macram・ flowerpot
holders, hammocks, curtains, rope bookcases.
Glass: design and manufacturing artistic glass
windows and mirrors in classic and modern style, for doors, windows
and room dividers, alloyed with lead and brass. Fusions, decorations,
mosaics and ceramics.