LuBi OFF 2021


One of the most anticipated novelties for the 2021 edition is the new section Lucca Biennale OFF! The aim is to create an art circuit spread in the various shops of the city, commercial and not, also to contribute to the economic revival of the business activities of the historic center of Lucca, inviting the public to visit the exhibitions within these exercises. For the Biennale it is an important opportunity to support the city that now hosts 10 editions.

For the first time, beside the exhibitions Outdoor and Indoor, you can visit the shops, restaurants and places of the city of Lucca to see works created ad hoc by the selected artists! This year the Biennale has chosen 30 artists (here the list) from all over the world, who will bring their colorful works within as many places in the city.

For the organization of the Biennale, the OFF section is one of the biggest challenges for 2021 but, surely, it will be an interesting format for the public, traders and artists. The perfect platform to let the city experience the beauty of paper art and to make artists know the city of Lucca! Below are the artists present.

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From August 1 to September 26 

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  • Aldo Righetti

    Aldo Righetti

    Aldo Righetti was born in La Spezia in 1964, the city where he lives and works. His artistic career led him to become a permanent artist at the Wikiarte Gallery in Bologna and to participate at different workshops and exhibitions at an international level, such as Art Expo fair in New York or the fair art Innsbruck. Following the victory of various prizes such as the twentieth Contemporary Art Competition organized by the Galleria Satura di Genova and the institutional prize " Trofeo Regione Liguria" affirm the complete insertion of the artist within the Italian contemporary art scene. In march 2017 he inaugurates his first personal exhibition " Forma Mentis" in Milan, which will be followed, in February 2019 by the second personal exhibition "Proximus"


    Le Aldo Righetti's artworks are made by using paper and finnish's cardboard. Aldo Righetti's works are made of Finnish paper and cardboard. The works represent the apparent flow of a cyclical alternation between exterior and interiority expressed in the apparent dichotomy between light and dark, between flat and highlighted, curtains in true to represent the pain of the artist in the constant search for truth, which affirms itself on a higher level of knowledge. The artist manifests the intention of fixing the various stages of his path in his works. Each work, although the daughter of different everyday contexts, underlies the desire to declare the fragmentation and uniqueness of every aspect of everyday life, while at the same time aspiring to reassemble everything in the name of a higher unity. 


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  • Alessandro Sorbera

    Alessandro Sorbera

    Alessandro Sorbera was born in Liguria but moved to Lucca, where he lives and works. He attended the artistic highschool of Lucca and subsequently the Academy of Fine Arts of Urbino, studying editions and illustrations for art graphics. Since 2009 his works have been exhibited in national exhibitions such as " Vanity Fair" and Star Point in Florence.


    The universe of Alessandro Sorbera, Ligurian and now Lucchese by adoption, is a cosmos populated by stars, sometimes smiling and sly or threatening and winking, that's stops their fluctuating glow to be painted on a sheet of paper or cardboard. This extravagant and bizarre world is popularized by dynamic humans and by " bipedal" insects that in their macro-representation claim their minimal insignificant size would not normally recognize them. All the illustrations, even those that seem simpler at first glance, are the result of a remarkable interior research and a completely imaginary scenographic composition.


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  • Aurora Bresci


    Aurora Bresci

    Aurora Bresci was born in Fiesole in 1988 but lives and studies in Florence. Here she attended the Art School and graduated in painting from the class of Adriano Bimbi at the Academy of Fine Arts, where she also specializes in Art History. During her studies and immediately after them, she gains work experience in museums and places of medical support, dedicating herself in particular to educational and recreational activities. This will make her develop a particular interest in teaching art and involving the user, leading her to the creation of projects aimed at promoting and sensory and emotional artistic expression of the user. She currently lives and works in Livorno and engages in the exploration of various artistic techniques, keeping as a constant theme the observation of what is sometimes considered different and distant.


    The fascination that the artist Aurora Bresci feels towards African cultures, mythology and the animal kingdom can be found in each of her works and constitutes the impetus for the creation of this artistic material.


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  • Carmel Ilan

    Carmel Ilan 

    Carmel Ilan born in 1960 in Jerusalem, Israel, Carmel Ilan graduated from the department of Fashion Design at Shenkar College in Tel Aviv and from Parsons School of Design in New York in 1984 and in 1986 respectively. She then worked as a lecturer in Shenkar, and as a freelance designer, before founding her own brand 'IKOO' for children's furniture. In 2000 she started studying sculpture at Basis Art School, graduating in 2004. Since graduation her work has been exhibited in dozens of exhibitions and fairs in Israel and abroad.


    Carmel Ilan is an artist who creates visual languages through the use of waste paper. She has always been a lover of paper and an avid collector of abandoned books. She has made an art of this passion, transforming the pages to be read into objects to be seen. By disassembling the bindings, separating the pages, cutting and folding them, and then placing them on panels in crowded strips that do not leave the observer the opportunity to decipher them, she creates visually compact and uniform images.


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  • Christian Diedericks

    Christian Diedericks 

    Christian Diedericks is a full-time contemporary artist, educator and curator with extensive experience in the specific areas of new media, print, drawing, graphic design and the creative process. He lives and works full time in his studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa. He was born in 1965 and during his life, he faced an important course of study: he earned a degree and a master's degree from Potchefstroom University (renamed University of the North West) and later attended the University of Pretoria.


    His works of the recent period focus on the ideas and concepts of "metamodernism" elaborated by cultural theorists such as Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin Van Den Akker around 2010. This philosophical-artistic current tries to overcome the recent problems arising from the financial system being increasingly uncontrollable and the geopolitical structure increasingly unstable and inhomogeneous. In addition to provid for a return to the fundamental questions that define our being in the world, there is also a search for the meaning and beauty of the present. Through his creations, the artist also has been expressing his interest in the relationship between viewer, artist and work, which he defines as an "open" visual text, to which it is possible to add and change the meaning. The theme of colonialism was also the centre of development of her artistic production, especially as it was linked to his personal history.




  • Cristina Musiani

    Cristina Musiani

    Cristina Musiani was born in Bologna, where she studied Oriental History and Photography, Communication and Didactics of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 2004 she moved to Tokyo for 2 years where she works as a promoter of cultural events related to Italian culture in Japan. Since 2006 she has worked in Italy in publishing for FMR, Franco Maria Ricci's art magazine, she studies the Bruno Munari Method and works as an artistic coordinator at the Golinelli private art collection in Bologna. Since 2012 she has started to create jewels and sculptures-objects with paper, the name of her creative project is "kikupaper": Japan in the hands and in the heart, the passion for Bruno Munari and art lead her to study techniques and processes by experimenting with new forms and articulations such as the folding of jewellery paper and microscopic sculpture. Paper is a material that has an innate soul and intelligence deriving from the plant world, with inexhaustible processing possibilities.


    Cristina Musiani creates different types of works for the Lucca Biennale Cartasia. "#Efferimedi 1" and "#Efferimedi 2" are two exhibit works, three-dimensional reliefs created with sheets of paper folded in such a way that they seem to come out of a frame. The "Moebius" necklaces, presented in different colours, are also created by folding the paper, as well as the "Moebius" work, and and with minimal metal additions, necessary and hidden. The soft and at the same time geometric line renders the architectural and natural effect, recalling the idea of ​​a phyllotaxis, that is the geometric arrangement and growth in plant formations. The work "Cartagora Sinuosa", whose name evokes an imaginary creature made of paper, also takes up the plant-inspired architecture of the necklaces in a macro dimension. In the myth of Dido it is said that the African sovereign Iarba had granted the future founder of Carthage and the exiled people of Tire all the land that could be covered with ox skin; To solve this deception in his favour, Dido cut the skin into very thin strips that he tied together, thus managing to surround the hill on which the city was to rise. In a similar way, the composition of this sculpture develops starting from strips of paper intertwined with each other to form mobile and extendable volumes that cover various dimensions and always take on different shapes. The structures are in monochrome red and white, in homage to Japan, the host country of this year's edition of the Biennale.



  • Daniela Borri

    Daniela Borri

    Daniela Borri born in Massa Carrara in Tuscany where she currently lives and work, collaborating with " Riciclassemblarte" laboratory. About twenty years ago, self-taught by her, she approached painting by attending the studio of the master Nino Veronica. The Carrarino cultural environment, characterized by the strong presence of marble, a very important material in the discipline of sculpture, has dragged her towards this art. After learning the technique of marble sculpture from the great master Usama Alnassar, she too began to devote herself to papier-mâché sculpture, to which she arrived through theatre and the construction of puppets.


    The artworks that the artist Daniela Borri presents for Lucca Biennale Cartasia are little paper-maché sculptures. They represent human's figure elaborated in a very creative and amazing way. The works that the artist Daniela Borri presents at the tenth edition of Lucca Biennale Cartasia are small papier-mâché sculptures. They represent human figures, elaborated in a very creative and fascinating way. Women, females, mothers, queens, capricious girls and envious stepmothers. They are female figures who suggest attention to beware of identification with stereotyped female models and celebrate a spontaneous and intelligently self-deprecating naturalness. These are the women represented in my papier-mâché, a playful and light-hearted critique of female society that often focuses too much on the exterior and little on the beauty that lies behind every facet of being a woman.



  • Emanuela Tarchini

    Emanuele Tarchini

    Emanuele Tarchini was born on 12 November 1979 in Alzano Lombardo. He spends his childhood in his native town, Almé. Since 2015 he has dedicated his work to paper art, "the art of paper", learning the techniques as a self-taught. He experiments and practices book sculpture and diorama, the creation of paper light-boxes. It made him become a master experimenter and inventor of every possibility linked to paper carving (paper cut- art). Inseparable from the paper works created, are the poetic writings that accompany them individually, in which the artist expresses the introspective background that gives a unique soul to each composition.


    The six works by Massimo Missiroli are the pop-up three -dimensionalization of as many illustrations made by Gustavo Dori regarding the Divine comedy. In addition to the homage to this fantastic artist, Massimo Missiroli wants to celebrate Dante Alighieri and the 700th anniversary of his death.



  • Erika Zutere

    Erika Zutere

    Erika Zutere was born in Riga in 1969, the city where she completed her studies: from "Janis Rozental's Art High School" to the "Latvian Academy of Arts", where she specializes in the textile department. She became a member of the Latvian Textile Artist's Association and later also of IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists). Since 1992 she begins to exhibit her works in national and international exhibitions.


    Erika Zutere's works are made with paper, vegetal papyrus and lime rope. She has created paper shopper bags with fascinating decorations that enhance the object itself and make it a real art object.




  • Georganne Watters

    Georganne Watters

    Georganne Watters was born in the United States and moved to Japan with his family during his childhood. This experience marks the beginning of her life in constant motion and will be her starting point on her reflections on separation, displacement and migration. In Japan, more precisely in Kobe, she studies Sumi-e and Moku Hanga. She subsequently returns to her hometown and there she then graduates in art from Marylhurst University and later a Master of Arts in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. After the end of her studies she began teaching English as a second language at the "American Language Academy", and in 1999 she began teaching as a professor of art and visual arts at Mt Hood College in Gresham, Oregon, an activity that she still practices. today parallel to artistic production. Her works have been exhibited in many international exhibitions and shows.


    Georganne Watters is an artist born in the United States and then moved to Japan. Here she spent one of the most beautiful periods of her life that will forever mark her thoughts and her artistic activity. Her works that she exhibits at the Lucca Biennale are "kimono" sculptures made with woodcut prints on Washi paper, then sewn together, all entirely handmade. Representing emblematic costumes from her childhood home, the artist finds a way to pay homage to her father, and the opportunity she gave him with the fantastic trip to Japan. she the artist also presents them as physical proof of the spiritual movement that our souls make when we leave behind what we believe to be true to enter the unknown.



  • Giovanni Zuffi

    Giovanni Zuffi

    Giovanni Zuffi a Giovanni Zuffi was born in Milan in 1994. He attended humanities studies and from 2011 he devoted himself to the theatre, a passion he still carries with him. In 2012 he began volunteering for associations aimed at helping people with economic problems or disabilities, and in the same year, he began his work experience, which will be very heterogeneous but will bring him into contact with museums and galleries.


    Giovanni Zuffi creates works using recycled materials, often recovered from the street or from disused places. "Sacred Cow". Recovering an old rusty rocking chair as the basic structure of the cow, then combining metal mesh, wet cardboard and self-produced glue, the artist tries to recover waste materials now exhausted to put them back into circulation and give it new life. The cardboards that make up the work can be modified by the spectators and by those who come into contact with it."Smernhorf".Through the reuse of materials recovered from garbage cans, covered with papier-mâché and adapted, "Smernhorf" was born. A distressing creature that generates both dismay and curiosity, sometimes even anger, dictated by the non-understanding of the observer.




  • Hongyung He

  • Hongyung He

    Hongyung He a Chinese artist, born in Hu Nan province. After studying Art Education and Painting at the Academy of Art of the Hunan Normal University, she obtained a Master in Erte for Integrated Design at the Anhalt University of Applied Science in Germany. It is here, in Germany, and precisely in Munich that he began her activity as an independent artist, starting from 2008. between 2009 and 2014 she founded the " Interkulturelles kinder Atelier" associated where she also worked. She is also a member of the Association of Artists in Munich and Southern Bavaria (BBK), the GEDK Artists Association in Munich and the IAPMA International Association.


    "Blue Illusion" is a series of works that the artist Hong Yun He created during the pandemic. Reflecting on the serious crisis that the society of the entire planet is going through and the increase in digital life linked to Covid-19, the artist has found the aspiration. After crumpling sheets of a particular and ancient Chinese paper, Xuan paper, he throws traditional ink on them. After this was absorbed by the folds of the paper, the artist proceeded in colouring with natural pigments and then framing. Through this technique, she has created different tones and compositions each of which represents a deep thought and a psychic status, beyond our control, which recalls the virtual disorder. Also "Netting", the further work that will be exhibited in the OFF section of the Lucca Biennale Cartasia was created with the usual technique, but by replacing mineral pigments with shell dust.


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  • Jeannine De Raeymaecker

    Jeannine De Raeymaecker

    Jeannine De Raeymaecker was born in 1958 in Mechelen, Belgium. She studied tapestry art in Antwerp and monumental design and art in her birthplace. Later she also obtained a master's degree in textile art, which became the main core to her artistic production. She now teaches at the Academy of Arts in Mechelen and in the meantime, she participates in national and international exhibitions and shows.


    ENDLESS. After creating the paper pulp and creating rings with it, the artist proceeds with drying and drying. They are then worked with a crochet to join them together and give shape to the chains, on which the pigments will then be poured. Rings or circles, which form a chain, refer to fear, as well as to the dark, also through the use of black. The circles symbolize security, prosperity, and nothingness. In this work, I also associate black with wealth and strength, with desire. Elements of the art itself represent the strong desire to free themselves from the structure. Rhythm and repetition are very important in her work.



  • Kotoaki Asano

    Kotoaki Asano

    Kotoaki Asano is a Japanese-born artist, architect, designer and poet. The spaces he designs includes elements inspired by his particular poetic sensitivity. His main goal is to show society his new and particular vision of the world. He has participated in several international exhibitions and shows and has received several world-class awards such as the "ICONIC AWARD 2019".


    "Fuwa Fuwa". This work is based on crumpled paper, with different colours and textures, divided into small units which, depending on how and where the artist decides to compose his work, can acquire different shapes and sizes. This crumpled paper carpet is placed suspended in the air, so that visitors can pass under it, helping to create a soft atmosphere by filtering the light. More than an object or a work, this work is a real installation.


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  • Kyoko Takei

    Kyoko Takei 

    Kyoko Takei is an artist of Japanese origins, who however studied in the USA, in New York. Here she attended the " School of Visual Art" in photography and later the "National Academy School of Fine Art" with a specialization in painting and drawing. Starting from the early 2020s she began to exhibit in national and international exhibitions and galleries and created its own temporary exhibition spaces.


    Maps on paper. The artist directly embroiders the maps using needle and thread as a student in class scribbles in a notebook. She makes the imagination float by thinking of countries she has never visited. Each country is also identified with local foods that characterize the journey and memories. Frequent travelers or people who works in the office in a city eat fast on paper plates and use bags to buy local or international foods. Embroidering on these map objects is the way to think about these trips.




  • Lili Labus

    Lili Labus 

    Lili Labus is an artist of Hungarian origin. Finding different ways of understanding and reflecting upon the connections between people, design, the image and the environment is an activity that characterizes all his research. After graduating from Moholy-Nagy University in Art and Design, in Hungary, he learned the art of paper thanks the teachings of the artist Magdalena Sobon, which he reached in Poland. This experience allowed him to open a small studio with the artist Csenge Gyobiro.


    The works of the artist Lili Labus are creations in paper and cotton inserted in a wooden frame. There are three of them and they make up the "BlueFiber". The inspiration of the artist was water pollution. Textile dyeing is the second largest water polluter in the world and it takes about 2,000 litres of water to make a typical pair of jeans. Textile factories generate one-fifth of the world's industrial water pollution and use 20,000 chemicals. In this collection she had applied the ancient technique of creating paper from a different perspective. She collected a variety of discarded denim (cotton) jeans and turned them into functional recycled material. Then she cuts the materials and woven them into patterns adding natural wood for texture and visual interest. Clean water inspired the models themselves. Creating fabrics from a user and - now excessively abundant - material provides an eco-sensitive fabric that is both aesthetic and practical. And in this case, one is so transformed that it is not easily recognizable from its original origin. Her vision for the future is that everything will be recycled and based on a circular design.



  • Lilian Prebish

    Lilian Prebish

    Lilian Prebish is an artist of Argentine origin. She has a degree in plastic arts and specializes in sculpture. This allowed her to become a professional in the field of art and to receive a professorship in the practical disciplines of sculpture at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Tucuman, for a bachelor in Plastic Arts. Her works have been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions and galleries and she has been called to many artistic encounters. She also has participated in numerous collective and individual shows and on several of these occasions she has intervened as a jurist. She is currently the director of the research project of the Secretariat for Art, Science and Technology of the National University of Tucuman, called "Sculpture in Tucuman". Her active presence within the Argentine and international art scene has the objective of promoting and proposing urban art within a contemporary concept.


    "Periferia del marco". This work reflects on inclusion and exclusion, on being inside or outside the frame. In contemporary society, there are many "frameworks" that outline what is considered important and what is not. Through this work, the artist wants to highlight how this is not truthful and consistent, often the important thing is outside the frame, in front, behind, above and below. Through the use of cardboard and tissue paper, he can create a work designed to be hung that perfectly represents this concept. "Memorias de abuela".In the foreground we find an object that reminds us of daily activity, hanging clothes to dry, an action through which the artist wants to bring the viewer back to the work of women and mothers within society. This is above all a portrait of grandmothers and their daily actions, shaped by the very strong and restrictive social norms that in the past have heavily conditioned their lives. The work is made with cardboard and tissue paper.


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  • Luca Gianotti

    Luca Gianotti

    Luca Gianotti was born in Carrara, the world capital of white marble, where he currently lives and works exhibiting and being an active participant in shows and exhibitions. Founder of the " ReciclaAssembleArt '' laboratory, he devoted most of his activities to the recovery and reuse of waste materials for the creation of fascinating artworks. One of these materials is paper, which starting from 2020 has decided to combine the scraps of marble, the famous material that characterize his beloved city, and the area in which he operates.


    His works are design masterpieces in paper and cardboard, with Marble inserts . All the materials used in the creation of these objects have been recovered from waste and they were given a new life in the form of unique artworks.




  • Martina Sabrina Zacchi

    Martina Sabrina Zacchi

    Martina Sabrina Zacchi other than to being a mother and a housewife, she is a great lover of paper art. After working as an office clerk, she decides to open a stationary shop, driven by her extreme passion and the outstanding attention that this material and it's processing in the jewelry sector was receiving on social networks. Later on, the beautiful experience that Sabrina was living comes to an end, but despite the failure, she does not give up her interest in paper. Instead she starts again turning her attention to waste materials while she begins a copious production of paper costume jewellery. Giving life to a material that would otherwise be considered waste is the driving force behind her work


    The works that Marta Sabrina Zacchi exhibits at the tenth edition of Lucca Biennale Cartasia, are fascinating pieces of jewelry, earrings created by reusing paper. In this series of precious objects, the artist also experiments with a new technique based on paper weaving inspired by the traditional loom processing.




  • Massimo Messiroli

    Massimo Messiroli

    Massimo Messiroli image didactic expert, for several years he was a consultant for image education projects for schools and municipalities. In 1991 he started designing pop-ups and published his first children's books using this technique.


    Massimo Missiroli's works are inspired by the images of Gustave Dorè that illustrate the Divine Comedy. The six works created by Massimo Missiroli are the three-dimensional pop-up of six illustrations by Gustave Dorè regarding the Divine Comedy. In addition to the homage to this fantastic artist, Massimo Missiroli wants to celebrate Dante Alighieri and the 700th anniversary of his death.



  • Michele Bruna

    Michele Bruna

    Michele Bruna was born in Cuneo in 1990. Here he attended the Art School, the first step in art studies. He then obtained the I ° and II ° level diploma in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, in Milan. In Milan he was also the protagonists of many exhibitions and performances.


    F-Remember project. The artwork begins with the creation of sheets of handmade paper arranged to dry in contact with chestnut tree trunks. The dried sheets are then detached from the bark and fixed to preserve the obtained shape. These paper casts recount parts of a unique natural experience of which they themselves were an integral part at the time of their realization, thus becoming a sort of bark of the cortex. The fragments obtained assume the characteristic of works as representative casts of a living or lived matrix, their final form is the cast of the portion of bark on which they are dried; they are also the symbol of the infinite becoming of matter: The memory of the shape they have taken (bark) and the content of which they are composed (paper), material that originates directly from the wood pulp obtained from trees.


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  • Monica Mauro

    Monica Mauro

    Monica Mauro is an artist of Apulian origins who is particularly dedicated to the use of recycled paper and papier-mâché. After having obtained the qualification as a builder allegorical figures and dear ones at the " Scuola di carristi di Piano, she attended a first level training course in analogical techniques and art therapy at "Scuola Adleriana SAIGA di Torino". She then begins to combine the study of signs and narration with papier-mâché, caricature drawing and foam rubber. In 2004 she decides to open a studio of her own " Laboratorio La Locomotiva" where she produces and sells furnishings items made with Papier-mâché on commission. Again in 2004, starts collaborating also with varies schools with whom develops Papier-mâché learning projects and also projects focused on the enhancement of separate collection of waste and recycling aimed at children aged six and over.


    "The Rain Woman". The work is made of two main materials: papier-mâché (using waste paper material), the material with which the face and body are made and paper from an old broken book. The character represented is a woman who "listens to the rain" with her face turned towards the sky, letting herself be bathed by the drops of water of refreshing summer rain. It is the achievement of inner peace, of lightness and serenity obtained after so much effort. A look towards the future and towards itself. In her chest, as if protected in a small cave, a heart surrounded by so many words. Some of them stand out, including METAMORPHOSIS (the transformation into inner peace after a path of growth and fatigue) and TRANSPARENCY (of raindrops and a clean and calmed soul).


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  • Nobuko Murakami

    Nobuko Murakami

    Nobuko Murakami is an artist of Japanese origins, resident in Paris where she works. Once in the French capital after having attended the School of Applied Art in Osaka after working with Lucky&Co. in Kofu in jewelry creation and design. Her works develops on a theoretical research concerning the universal feelings of of the macro and microcosm, linked above all to ethnology, anthropology and folklore.


    The artist's works are paper masks with which she wants to represent the forgotten or invisible people of our time, in addition to a personal admiration for the folkloric masks that have been recognized in civilizations all over the world. What also inspired the artist to create this works is a very personal experience she had in Sardinia, where she met the Mamouthones and Issohadores masks of the Mamoiada village. However, the real reason that pushed her into the actual creation was the experience of Covid 19 and the sad loss of her father due to the virus, which stimulated her the need to find a face, an Identity for the people who have been victims of it and have left immense pain in our society-



  • Pierangela Orecchia

    Pierangela Orecchia 

    Pierangela Orecchia born in Vercelli in 1967, she performs large-scale works in mixed techniques on various types of media, especially cardboard, and engravings. Her artistic research mainly concerns the lights, atmospheres and humanity of Black Africa, with which she had direct experiences during various stays for volunteering. The choice of painting and modelling the recycled cardboard, sometimes creating 3D settings, gives a precise indication of the feeling that it's under these works. These material faces, sometimes tattooed with xylographic inserts introduced by the artist on the painted surface, induce those who observe them to feel the roughness of the earth through the cardboard. And more generally to feel their immense effort to exist never separated, however, by an indomitable vitality.


    Fear and Desire, two "emotions" that are triggered by our "ancient brain", by the amygdala, the seat of emotions. Fear is a defense mechanism that is activated when we feel in danger. Desire leads to the achievement of pleasure; the satisfaction of a need leads us to overcome fear, to achieve our goals. I represented this dualism in "Ella": a face divided in half. Represented almost as a totem, as if to recall the primitive man, endowed with a brain dominated by the limbic system, seat of emotions . And the same emotions regulate our actions today. And today it has helped me to represent in its "inner" part, the smooth one, fear. That leads to immobility. Who closes his eyes not to see, who blocks actions so as not to risk, not to face the danger of defeat, of disappointment. And the marks on the skin, like tattoos, make this emotion visible to the world, black in color. Tattoos that turn red and "corrugated", and they get opposite of the left side of the face. A face, a mind that is completed only because the two opposing emotions coexist. Which, if they remain well balanced, compensate for our actions and regulate our lives. I used "my" material. Recycled corrugated cardboard. Recovered from waste, from discarded packaging.It was the medium that helped me many years ago to represent my feelings towards a life experience in African missions, which triggered "ancient" emotions in me.


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  • Pierluigi Colombo

    Pierluigi Colombo

    Pierluigi Colombo born in Milan in 1969, he studied architecture at the Kunst Akademie in Copenhagen and at the Politecnico di Milano where he graduated in 1993. He collaborated as an architect in the BDP studio in Berlin in 1994 and 1995. Since 1996 he has been working as an architect and Designer, dealing mainly with interior projects, museum exhibitions, exhibition stands and transformable furniture in Europe and the USA. Parallel to his activity as an architect, he dedicates himself to two other great passions: painting and photography. In 2017 he was selected for one of his photographic works at the Cairo Editore Art Award.


    Most of the works on display are made using plaster and paper spread on a honeycomb panel. Honeycomb is a special tipe of wood having an alveolar shape and often used for build furnishing. It is very light and rigid at the same, and it's easy to work with it. The layers of paper and plaster spread on it are then removed or torn by means of various tools (screwdriver and cutter above all) according to the intensity of the shadow tones that I want to obtain. Working with a process of removal by states, the figures acquire depth and changeability especially when there is little light. The work "Self-portrait" is always made using a honeycomb panel on which cement has been spread with a trowel. The effect is more material and violent, there are no halftones, only light and shadow. I started taking portraits because with this technique I am able to animate the expressiveness of a face in a fragmented way, focusing only on the elements that interest me, those that are not captured in a real face.



  • Roberta Piceno

    Roberta Picerno

    Roberta Picerno comes from Colombano, a picturesque village in Basilicata, in the province of Matera. She study Food Technology at the University of Basilicata and cultivate many passions: sport climbing and martial arts are combined with paper processing and the artisan production of jewellery. In 2016 Roberta understands that this her last passion can be developed, and become something more, become a vehicle for her imagination and her ideas. Recycling paper using it for an artistic effort is in her opinion one of the kindest gestures that a human being can make towards nature, a gesture that gives life to unique objects and that best represent the union between what nature offers us and the skill of man.


    Roberta Picerno creates jewels using paper. She through various techniques, including decoupage, quilling and marbling. Roberta Picerno creates jewels using paper through various techniques, including decoupage, quilling and marbling. The idea on which her work is based is to save waste paper. In this way, the discarded paper not only finds new life but acquires a greater value compared to the original material (Upcycling). In this way, the artist can do something good for the environment and also for the eyes of those who can appreciate these jewels. Most of her work revolves around nature: choice of shapes, as in the case of rare pearls: Pearl was one of the first precious materials to be appreciated. Historically they were owned exclusively by royalty and aristocrats. Today they have become a versatile accessory and a style detail, even more if they are made of paper and sustainable. Like the pearls of these jewels. The choice of colours is also fundamental. We can see it in Bucolic Memories and Azulejos de Papel: in the case of Bucolic Memories, the goal is to arouse sensations related to the natural, for example the sea.


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  • Valérie Leydet

  • Valérie Leydet

    Valérie Leydet is a visual artist, who works most of the time in the south of France where she developed research on cardboard, paper and fabric. Whether it's cardboard, paper, wire mesh or recycled fabrics, the artist works with universal supports on which, despite their past lives, she creates a new one intimacy, a new destination. It is a repair that drives it: repair through the poetic transfiguration. She is also fascinated by Aboriginal art, poor art and the refinement of Japanese minimalism.Her first exhibitions took place at Tbilissi Art Fair (Georgia 2019), Paris (Carrousel du Louvre 2019) and La Ciotat (2019). She participated in Paréidolie art fair in Marseille last September (2020) as an invited artist for Atelier Oxymore.


    Inspired by poor art, the "Kintsugi" technique and aboriginal art techniques, the cartoon is burned, sewn, painted and tattooed. The cardboard thus becomes a canvas, but a universal canvas that with its simplicity and essentiality represents for the artist an element of resilience, memory and transmission. Valérie Leydet's goal is to offer this poor material a new meaning and a new purpose by engraving her in the waves.


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