Francesca
Bernardini

Italy
born on: 
14 Jun, 1974
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education: 
1999: graduated at local Academy of Fine Art
exhibition(s): 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015: Arte Svelata, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2015: Contemporary Garden Duomo Gallery, Carrara, Italy
2007: From the Abyss, Hotel Consigli,Firenze, Italy
2006: Nidi, Bozzoli e Crisalidi, Agorà Gallery, Massarosa, Lucca, Italy
2004: Nest, Coocon and Crysalides, Delle Erbe Gallery/Circoscrizione2, Carrara, Italy
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022: Fusion Project, Seravezza, Italy and Hong Kong China
2021: Faber Marmoris, Carrara, Italy
2019: Nuestro parque, International Sculptures Exhibition, Chile
2018: "Qujang ”, International Sculptures Exhibition, China
2018: Fuqing 1st International Sculpture Exhibition, China
2017: “FROM CARRARA TO HUI’ AN”, International Sculptures Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum, China
2016: 
“S’CULTURE” International Sculptures Exhibition, Sala Autorità Portuali, Italy
2016: “SMALL MONUMENTAL”, Gallery Muller & Petzinna, Amburgo, Germany
2016: Italy “TIME LESS”- International Sculptures Exhibition, Maló, Italy
2015: Parkour, Exhibition unusual space, Carrara, Italy
2014: SMALL MONUMENTAL, "MK21" Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2014: GALLERY ARTETOTALE, Pietrasanta, Italy
2014: NATUR ARTEFAX, FOTEZZA FIRMAFEDE, Sarzana, Italy
2014: Marble week, International Exhibition, Sculpture, Desing, Architettura Carrara, Italy
2014: CARRARA 9, GALLERY H2O, Differdange, Luxembourg
2013: Shonan art Brut Wave, Kuramae Gallery, Fujisawajuku, Japan
2012: Sculptor from Carrara and Alemania, Germany
2012: Temporaneamente Nuovi, Italy
2011: The heart for life in Japan-the exhibition arte charity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy
2011: Torano Nottee giorno, International group exhibition outdoor Torano, Carrara, Italy
2009: Forme nello Spazio, Sala Congressi, Cordoba, Spain
2008: Donne e Arte-Chiesa del Suffragio,Carrara, Italy
2008: Contaminazioni, Pietra/Emozione, Museum Ugo Guidi, Forte di Marmi, Lucca, Italy
2007: Toyamura international Sculpture Biennale, Hokkaido, Japan
2006: Sculpture by the sea, International outdoor sculpture, Bondi,Sydney, Australia
2006: Sculpture by the sea, indoor sculpture Expo,Sydney, Australia
2006: In, Visible trace, "UNA" Hotel, Bologna, Italy
2006: Small monument, "MK21" Gallery,Hamburg, Germany
2006: San Francesco, Exhibition indoor, Cracovia, Poland
2006: Torano notte e giorno, 5th Edition, Carrara, Italy
2005: Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale, Hokkaido, Japan
2004: Ai Piedi del Monte, outdoor Sculpture exhibition, Carrara, Italy
2004: Ci Siamo, 1st International outdoor ART exhibition, Sils, Swiss
2003: Een Leiedorp vol beelden, outdoor exhibition of Italian and Belgian sculptors Ooidonk Castel,Gent, Belgium
2002: Artificial plant life in the natural garden "Villa Shiff", Massa, Italy
2001: Giorni d'Arte, Indoor Exhibition , Carrara, Italy
2001: Torano notte e giorno, 3rd Edition,Carrara, Italy
2001: Story of marble and sculptors, Altstadhalle Museum, Zug, Swiss
2000: Biennale della Pietra Lavorata, Castel San Niccolò, Arezzo, Italy
2000: Telethon, Indoor Exhibition, Carrara, Italy
2000: San Francesco, Indoor Exhibition in the Churce Arezzo, Firenze, Roma, Italy
2000: Torano notte e giorno, 2nd Edition, Carrara, Italy
1999: Torano notte e giorno, 1st Edition, Carrara, Italy
1997: Città Arte, outdoor exhibition, Italy
1995: EcoMarmoSculptures, International outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sgf studio, Carrara, Italy
SYMPOSIA
2021: Marrakesh VII International Sculpture Symposio, Morocco
2021: Fuerteventura XII Sculpture Symposio, Porto del Rosario, Spain
2021: Sculpture Triennal, Neustadt, Germany
2020: VI International Sculpture Symposium Fontanarosa, Italy
2019: VI International Sculpture Symposium, Santiago, Chile
2019: II International Sculpture Symposium, Kiev, Ukraine
2018: Changchun Urban Sculpture Symposium, Changchun, China
2018: Sculpture Triennal, Neustadt, Germany
2017:18 International Symposium, Büyükçekmece, Turchia
2017: 8 International Symposium, Teheran. Tride Prize, Iran
2016: IV International Symposium, Bento Congalves, Brazil
2016: V International Symposium, Korcia, Albania
2015: Ben Q International sculpture creation workshop-on stone Mabuville, Taiwan
2014: V International Symposium, Trentino, Italy
2013: IV International Symposium, Grasse, France
2013: XXII International Symposium, Fordongianus, Italy
2013: II International Symposium, Differdange, Luxembourg
2012: XXVI Simppetra International Symposium, Caldas da Raihna, Portugal
2012: XV Symposium International Vernacco, Reana del Roiale, Friuli, Italy
2011: Ben Q International sculpture creation workshop- on marble, Mabuville, Taiwan
2009: III International sculpture symposium- on stone from Spain,Cordoba, Spain
2009: XIV International sculpture symposium- on marble,Carrara, Italy
2007: Art in the forest- on wood and Marble, Sauz d'Oulz, Italy
2006: II International sculpture symposium-on Trachite stone,Sassari, Italy
2005: IV International sculpture symposium-on Marfill marble, Novelda, Spain
2004: Hic et nunc-II symposium, on Maiella stone,Chieti, Italy
2003: II International sculpture on Carrara marble, Messina, Italy
2002: XV International sculpture symposium- on Orosei Stone, Teulada, Italy
Francesca
Bernardini
opened up her studio to us. Watch the video of our visit to learn more about the artist's approach.
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Francesca Bernardini's marble sculptures, with their smooth, rounded forms, are inspired by the observation of the natural microcosm. They tell personal stories through memories, emotions and experiences that the artist gives form to in the material.

Francesca Bernardini: a sculptor born in the land of marble 

Francesca Bernardini is an Italian contemporary sculptor born in 1974 in Carrara, in the Italian region of Tuscany. The city is world-famous for its quarries, from which the highest quality marble, among the whitest and purest in the world, has been extracted since ancient times. In the past, this precious material was used for the construction of monuments and religious statues. Master sculptors, including Michelangelo, favoured it for the creation of their masterpieces. 

Driven by the desire and need to express herself through materials, Francesca Bernardini studied at the local art school and graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara in 1999. She began working in a historic workshop in the city, where she studied the traditional techniques of marble carving with passion. Today, the artist uses a wide variety of marbles of different characteristics and appearance: Carrara white, Bardiglio, statuario, Belgium black, Marquinia, Petit Granit, Siena yellow, Calacatta. 

Speaking about her apprenticeship and her relationship with marble, Francesca Bernardini says: "Working with stone has taught me so much to respect it, to respect the time of the stone, and never to force it with tools [...]. My master used to say that life is a bit like the surface of marble: if you do all the steps slowly and respect the stone, then in the end the stone will give you the result you want.”

From nature to people, from emotions to stone 

Francesca Bernardini's work is deeply intimate: her sculptures are rooted in memories, emotions, desires, experiences, torments that take shape in volumes often inspired by the natural world. The sculptor summarises her artistic research as follows: "Inspired by the observation of the microcosm of the natural world, my work highlights particular details and distorts dimensions, my forms becoming containers of past life or of inner or emotional metamorphoses."

The artist's states of mind and emotions are felt, experienced and then sculpted. Francesca Bernardini first transcribes them on paper through sketches, then goes directly to work in marble, except for the monumental sculptures for which a small model is created. The contemporary sculptures with their natural, rounded forms are infused with life and charged with energy. An energy that the compact sculptural form retains and compresses, but which is released through small openings, lacerations or outcrops on the smooth surface of the work. 

In her first series, Nests, Cocoons, Crysalis, Francesca Bernardini explored the themes of personal development and internal exploration, as well as home and family. The series From the abyss, inspired by memories of growing up in Sardinia, in contact with the sea and its creatures, reminds us of the importance of respect and preservation of nature. Finally, the Connections series is an ode to dialogue between human beings, between different peoples and cultures. 

"Thus, Francesca Bernardini lives and feels the world of sculpture as a place of matter, form and spirit where there is nothing to say: there is only to be, there is only to live, similar to an intimate contemporary vegetable garden, lovingly kept inside, in which the artist cultivates the art of living and sculpts the life of forms." Filippo Rolla

Sculptures produced and exhibited around the world 

Francesca Bernardini's work has been shown since the early 2000s in solo and group exhibitions in institutions and galleries in Italy and internationally, particularly in Europe and Asia. She also participates in numerous sculpture symposia around the world such as in Morocco, Turkey, Taiwan, Chile, Iran and Brazil. During these professional excursions, the Italian sculptor often has the opportunity to create monumental sculptures. 

 

education: 
1999: graduated at local Academy of Fine Art
exhibition(s): 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015: Arte Svelata, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2015: Contemporary Garden Duomo Gallery, Carrara, Italy
2007: From the Abyss, Hotel Consigli,Firenze, Italy
2006: Nidi, Bozzoli e Crisalidi, Agorà Gallery, Massarosa, Lucca, Italy
2004: Nest, Coocon and Crysalides, Delle Erbe Gallery/Circoscrizione2, Carrara, Italy
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022: Fusion Project, Seravezza, Italy and Hong Kong China
2021: Faber Marmoris, Carrara, Italy
2019: Nuestro parque, International Sculptures Exhibition, Chile
2018: "Qujang ”, International Sculptures Exhibition, China
2018: Fuqing 1st International Sculpture Exhibition, China
2017: “FROM CARRARA TO HUI’ AN”, International Sculptures Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum, China
2016: 
“S’CULTURE” International Sculptures Exhibition, Sala Autorità Portuali, Italy
2016: “SMALL MONUMENTAL”, Gallery Muller & Petzinna, Amburgo, Germany
2016: Italy “TIME LESS”- International Sculptures Exhibition, Maló, Italy
2015: Parkour, Exhibition unusual space, Carrara, Italy
2014: SMALL MONUMENTAL, "MK21" Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2014: GALLERY ARTETOTALE, Pietrasanta, Italy
2014: NATUR ARTEFAX, FOTEZZA FIRMAFEDE, Sarzana, Italy
2014: Marble week, International Exhibition, Sculpture, Desing, Architettura Carrara, Italy
2014: CARRARA 9, GALLERY H2O, Differdange, Luxembourg
2013: Shonan art Brut Wave, Kuramae Gallery, Fujisawajuku, Japan
2012: Sculptor from Carrara and Alemania, Germany
2012: Temporaneamente Nuovi, Italy
2011: The heart for life in Japan-the exhibition arte charity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy
2011: Torano Nottee giorno, International group exhibition outdoor Torano, Carrara, Italy
2009: Forme nello Spazio, Sala Congressi, Cordoba, Spain
2008: Donne e Arte-Chiesa del Suffragio,Carrara, Italy
2008: Contaminazioni, Pietra/Emozione, Museum Ugo Guidi, Forte di Marmi, Lucca, Italy
2007: Toyamura international Sculpture Biennale, Hokkaido, Japan
2006: Sculpture by the sea, International outdoor sculpture, Bondi,Sydney, Australia
2006: Sculpture by the sea, indoor sculpture Expo,Sydney, Australia
2006: In, Visible trace, "UNA" Hotel, Bologna, Italy
2006: Small monument, "MK21" Gallery,Hamburg, Germany
2006: San Francesco, Exhibition indoor, Cracovia, Poland
2006: Torano notte e giorno, 5th Edition, Carrara, Italy
2005: Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale, Hokkaido, Japan
2004: Ai Piedi del Monte, outdoor Sculpture exhibition, Carrara, Italy
2004: Ci Siamo, 1st International outdoor ART exhibition, Sils, Swiss
2003: Een Leiedorp vol beelden, outdoor exhibition of Italian and Belgian sculptors Ooidonk Castel,Gent, Belgium
2002: Artificial plant life in the natural garden "Villa Shiff", Massa, Italy
2001: Giorni d'Arte, Indoor Exhibition , Carrara, Italy
2001: Torano notte e giorno, 3rd Edition,Carrara, Italy
2001: Story of marble and sculptors, Altstadhalle Museum, Zug, Swiss
2000: Biennale della Pietra Lavorata, Castel San Niccolò, Arezzo, Italy
2000: Telethon, Indoor Exhibition, Carrara, Italy
2000: San Francesco, Indoor Exhibition in the Churce Arezzo, Firenze, Roma, Italy
2000: Torano notte e giorno, 2nd Edition, Carrara, Italy
1999: Torano notte e giorno, 1st Edition, Carrara, Italy
1997: Città Arte, outdoor exhibition, Italy
1995: EcoMarmoSculptures, International outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sgf studio, Carrara, Italy
SYMPOSIA
2021: Marrakesh VII International Sculpture Symposio, Morocco
2021: Fuerteventura XII Sculpture Symposio, Porto del Rosario, Spain
2021: Sculpture Triennal, Neustadt, Germany
2020: VI International Sculpture Symposium Fontanarosa, Italy
2019: VI International Sculpture Symposium, Santiago, Chile
2019: II International Sculpture Symposium, Kiev, Ukraine
2018: Changchun Urban Sculpture Symposium, Changchun, China
2018: Sculpture Triennal, Neustadt, Germany
2017:18 International Symposium, Büyükçekmece, Turchia
2017: 8 International Symposium, Teheran. Tride Prize, Iran
2016: IV International Symposium, Bento Congalves, Brazil
2016: V International Symposium, Korcia, Albania
2015: Ben Q International sculpture creation workshop-on stone Mabuville, Taiwan
2014: V International Symposium, Trentino, Italy
2013: IV International Symposium, Grasse, France
2013: XXII International Symposium, Fordongianus, Italy
2013: II International Symposium, Differdange, Luxembourg
2012: XXVI Simppetra International Symposium, Caldas da Raihna, Portugal
2012: XV Symposium International Vernacco, Reana del Roiale, Friuli, Italy
2011: Ben Q International sculpture creation workshop- on marble, Mabuville, Taiwan
2009: III International sculpture symposium- on stone from Spain,Cordoba, Spain
2009: XIV International sculpture symposium- on marble,Carrara, Italy
2007: Art in the forest- on wood and Marble, Sauz d'Oulz, Italy
2006: II International sculpture symposium-on Trachite stone,Sassari, Italy
2005: IV International sculpture symposium-on Marfill marble, Novelda, Spain
2004: Hic et nunc-II symposium, on Maiella stone,Chieti, Italy
2003: II International sculpture on Carrara marble, Messina, Italy
2002: XV International sculpture symposium- on Orosei Stone, Teulada, Italy
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  • The Italian artist Francesca Bernardini has developed a relationship with marble that is deeply intimate. “If I treat it well, I will get back what I expect from it”, she says.  Both a personal journal and an archive of her relationship with the world, her work speaks to us about...