Francesca Virginia Coppola (1981) is an Italian multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in a forest area on the outskirts of Rome, Italy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Personal and intimate, yet universal in its relevance, her work emerges from a constant inner research about the meaning of life. Through this journey,  it explores fundamental themes such as time, immanence, grief and loss, authenticity, natural beauty, and the love of nature. From her varied approaches of making art, Francesca Virginia Coppola’s work ranges from the context of outdoor site-specific installations to intimate works on paper or canvas, as well as drawings, collage, assemblage, video, and found objects.

Urged from an early age by philosophical inquiries, in her initial work Francesca deals with the oppression experienced by the necessity to research a reality built by humans and perceived as artificial and uneasy. The discomfort with which she perceived urban reality, led her to seek a more “primitive” and natural relationship with the world. In the last decade, Francesca has been living in close contact with nature. This has shaped her view of reality and her artistic research as well, leading to the current theme of her art: the relationship between nature and the human being. ‘My work is meant to evoke a poetic yet strong image of what we are as humans on this earth. I like to think of works of art as pieces of reality, helping us to reflect on the meaning of life,’ she explains. The visual language she uses serves as the conceptual key of the work: the essentiality of the techniques and the materials is coherent with concepts of simplicity and immanence: ‘I would like to transmit visual and mental intensity through the absence of artificial expressions’. She often creates without the use of any artificial gear; using only paper, organic elements, and her hands.

Grass, soil, barks, found branches, natural pigments and all sorts of natural elements gathered in her daily hikes in the forest compose her assemblages, drawings, and collages. In her work natural elements are equally shown without any human modifications as well as with the artist’s interventions, which are not intended as different works of art, but as an expression of human creation as a natural phenomenon itself. ‘I hope that isolating and framing the organic materials in my artworks can offer an occasion to observe and reveal the intrinsic beauty found in nature.

Contemporary artist Francesca Virginia Coppola with her 'A Dialogue with nature' environmental art project. project

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b. 1981, Rome – Italy

EDUCATION
2007  BFA (Painting), Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome (Italy) 

EXHIBITIONS
Solo exhibitions:
2004   Ai quattro (e)venti, Casa delle Culture, Rome (Italy); Title of artwork: “L’acqua del rubinetto è potabile” (installation), Curator: Gabriele Gaspari
Selected group exhibitions:
2018  In the Studio: Art by MoMA’s Learning Community, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Title of artwork: “Untitled” (painting), Curator: Corey D’Augustine
2009  T+T=A – Tusculanae & Tusculani artisti in città, Spazio Zip, Frascati (Italy); Title of artwork: “Untitled” (installation), Curators: Alessia Chiappini, Elisa Santinelli
2008  Tuscolanae, III edition, Museo Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati (Italy); Title of artwork: “Cercantemi” (video), Curators: Elisa Santinelli, Giorgia Simoncelli
2007  Video art exhibition, Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome (Italy); Title of artwork: “Cercantemi” (video), Curator: Luca Valerio
2006  Biennale Giovani Artisti, Imperia (Italy); Title of artwork: “Non più. Vorrei… non ancora.” (video)
2004  Notte Bianca, Accademia di Belle Arti, Roma, Mostra di Pittura; Curator: Gianfranco Notargiacomo
2004  Settimana della Cultura, Accademia di Belle Arti, Roma, Mostra di Pittura; Curator: Gianfranco Notargiacomo

RESIDENCIES
2019  The Wild: Artist In Residence, Wild Mill Studios, Ontario (Canada)

COLLECTIONS
2018  Private collection, Rome, Italy
2017  Private collection, Rome, Italy

PUBLICATIONS
2021  “The Studio Image Project”, Friends of the Artist (FOA)
2015  Arte e Design, “Eco Artisti Offresi”. Title of featured artwork: “Today is a lie

Contemporary artist Francesca Virginia Coppola with her 'A Dialogue with nature' environmental art project. project

CV
b. 1981, Rome – Italy

EDUCATION
2007  BFA (Painting), Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome (Italy) 

EXHIBITIONS
Solo exhibitions:
2004   Ai quattro (e)venti, Casa delle Culture, Rome (Italy); Title of artwork: “L’acqua del rubinetto è potabile” (installation), Curator: Gabriele Gaspari
Selected group exhibitions:
2018  In the Studio: Art by MoMA’s Learning Community, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Title of artwork: “Untitled” (painting), Curator: Corey D’Augustine
2009  T+T=A – Tusculanae & Tusculani artisti in città, Spazio Zip, Frascati (Italy); Title of artwork: “Untitled” (installation), Curators: Alessia Chiappini, Elisa Santinelli
2008  Tuscolanae, III edition, Museo Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati (Italy); Title of artwork: “Cercantemi” (video), Curators: Elisa Santinelli, Giorgia Simoncelli
2007  Video art exhibition, Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome (Italy); Title of artwork: “Cercantemi” (video), Curator: Luca Valerio
2006  Biennale Giovani Artisti, Imperia (Italy); Title of artwork: “Non più. Vorrei… non ancora.” (video)
2004  Notte Bianca, Accademia di Belle Arti, Roma, Mostra di Pittura; Curator: Gianfranco Notargiacomo
2004  Settimana della Cultura, Accademia di Belle Arti, Roma, Mostra di Pittura; Curator: Gianfranco Notargiacomo

RESIDENCIES
2019  The Wild: Artist In Residence, Wild Mill Studios, Ontario (Canada)

COLLECTIONS
2018  Private collection, Rome, Italy
2017  Private collection, Rome, Italy

PUBLICATIONS
2021  “The Studio Image Project”, Friends of the Artist (FOA)
2015  Arte e Design, “Eco Artisti Offresi”. Title of featured artwork: “Today is a lie