Silvia Celeste Calcagno

Silvia Celeste Calcagno (Genoa, 1974) lives and works in Albissola. After studying at the Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti in Genoa, she began working with ceramics, experimenting with new technical and expressive possibilities and identifying new ways of exploiting the material through non-traditional techniques. The first results of a new figurative expression were presented in a solo show organized in 2012 at Albissola Marina, in what was once Lucio Fontana’s Pozzo Garitta studio. In 2011, she participated in the “Ligurian Section” of the Venice Biennale with works on show in Genoa’s Palazzo della Meridiana.That same year she was invited by Enzo Biffi Gentili to exhibit her works in Turin in the MIAAO – the Museo Internazionale delle Arti Applicate Oggi in the section entitled “La line gotica”. In 2013, she won the President of the Republic’s Plaque in the 57th International Competition of Contemporary Art Ceramics of the Premio Faenza; in 2015 she became the first Italian woman to win the Premio Faenza in its 59th edition.

Her recent solo shows include: Not me, Musei Civici, Imola (2014); IF, but I can explain, Museo di Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa and Nuova Galleria Morone, Milan (2017); Il pasto bianco, inauguration of the public work, Biblioteca Classense, Ravenna (2018); Room 60, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza (2018). Her recent group exhibitions include: Imago Mundi, Praestigium Italia, Fondazione Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2015); La scultura ceramica contemporanea, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2015); 24th Biennale Internationale Contemporaine, Musée Magnelli, Vallauris, (2016); In the Earth Time, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Yeoju Dojasesang, (2017); Eunique, Messe Karlsruhe, (2017); Dimensione fragile, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome (2018); The Liminal Space, Oneroom gallery, London, (2018); Other Identity, ABC-ARTE, Genoa (2019).