Biography


Penelope, art name of Chiara Cocchi, is an Italian artist. Her art concentrates on one of the most important issue of our century: the RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MANKIND AND NATURE. The links between their stories, the Natural Mind, the origin of the Ideas, the Philosophy of the Origins, Astronomy and Science.

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Nature is transformed by the artist under a scientific, philosophical, psychological and sociological point of view.

 

With a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, Painting School, Penelope dedicated her first studies to the research of the relationship between art and nature. The title of her university thesis was Nature in Contemporary Art – A Landscape and its details, and this has been the center of her research ever since. Highly appreciated from the board with cum laude, the thesis represented the first step and the base of the artist’s research, never betrayed and always carried on and developed in every exhibition.

 

“The Artist is Ulysses when she travels and fills her eyes with wonder.

She turns into Penelope when she closes the door of her studio

and turns that wonder into art.”

 

Penelope blends her stories with her travels around the world. The interaction with the spaces and the cultures of the place are of great importance for the birth of her artworks.

 

THE STATEMENT

Penelope is oriented towards a globalized vision, in order to link all cultures to unifying concepts.

As a great visionary traveller, the artist experiences the links between all men, instead of seeing their differences.

The eye of the camera and the hand of the artist act as one, in order to depict what the journeys grow in the artist’s spirit.

 

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THE ARTWORKS

Penelope’s artworks embrace various techniques: lightbox, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing. According to the artist, it’s the IDEA that has to win against the technical abilities of the artist, who has to bend to its will, and expand her knowledge where her hands are not yet prepared.

The Star Gates are the latest arworks of Penelope. They represent star maps that are made with an innovative and highly technological technique, that implies the use of mirrors and LED lights in order to create never-ending gates of stars that ideally break the walls on which they are hung.

 

How the Star Gates work:

 

EDUCATION

With a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, Painting School, Chiara Cocchi dedicated her first studies to the research of the relationship between art and nature. The title of her university thesis was Nature in Contemporary Art – A Landscape and its details, and this has been the center of her research ever since. Highly appreciated from the board with cum laude, the thesis represented the first step and the base of the artist’s research, never betrayed and always carried on and developed in every exhibition.

 

 

Born in September, 13, 1983. Cento, Ferrara, Italy.
Lives and works between Bologna (Italy) and Florida (USA).

 

 

Current gallery affiliation:

  • Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
  • Geras Tousignant Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Artmosphere Galerie, Rudolf Budja Gallerie, Salzburg, Austria
  • Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami, Florida
  • Venice Art Factory, Venezia, Italy.
  • Arte+, Bologna, Italy

 

Collections

  • DIANE KEATON, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • BRIAN DE PALMA and SUSAN LEHMAN, USA
  • HOTEL DANIELI, Venezia, Italy
  • LAMBORGHINI S.p.A., Bologna, Italy
  • DIDIER COSTET, France
  • IBRAHIM AL ASSMAKH, Qatar
  • ANTONELLO DE’ MEDICI, Padova, Italy
  • ANNE DWYER and NICHOLAS SEARS, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • FINECOBANK S.p.A.
  • PAUL VUILLARD, France
  • Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, Washington D.C., USA
  • Luyckx Collection, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Kasuto Collection, Istanbul, Turkey
  • UNINDUSTRIA BOLOGNA
  • VM MOTORI SpA, Cento, Ferrara

 

Education

 

1997-2002 High School Degree 2002.

Linguistic and Scientific School

Liceo scientifico N. Copernico (Bologna)

Indirizzo linguistico Brocca

Mark: 91/100.

 

2002-2006 University Degree 2006.

SSLMIT, School of Interpreting and Translation,

University of Bologna, branch of Forlì.

Mark: 107/110.

 

2006-2008 Drawing and Painting school

Masters Nicola Nannini and Matteo Nannini

Scuola d’Artigianato del Centopievese

Cento (Ferrara), Italy.

 

2007-2011 Degree 2011.

Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna.

Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna.

Painting school, professor Massimo Pulini.

Dissertation thesis Nature in Contemporary Art – A Lanscape and its details

Supervisor: Eleonora Frattarolo.

Mark: With hounours, 110 summa cum laude

 

  

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2017 MAY Star Gate

Double solo show with Erwin Wurm, official artist of the Austria Pavilion, 57. Art Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Hotel Danieli, Palazzo Dandolo, Venice, Italy.

In occasion of the 57. Art Biennale.

 

2017 JANUARY ALBA STELLA

Piazza Santo Stefano

Public intalation in occasion of the Bologna Art Week

 

2016 APRIL AVATAR. Dialogo con l’Universo. L’Origine della Musica.

Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica, Bologna.

Col Patrocinio del Comune di Bologna.

 

AVATAR. Dialogue with the Universe. The Origin of Music

International Museum and Library of Music, Bologna, Italy. Under the patronage of the City of Bologna.

 

2015 OCTOBER Forgotten Spaces. All That is Left Behind.

Rocca di Cento (Castle of Cento), Ferrara, Italy.

 

2015 JULY-SEPT

 

Forgotten Spaces. All That is Left Behind.

Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy.

In occasion of the Venice Art Biennale.

 

2015 JAN-FEB We Are All Made of Stardust

Paintings on Natural and mysteyously found Objects

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

Part of the Italian Consulate of San Francisco

San Francisco, California, USA

 

2014 SEPTEMBER

 

La Storia Infinita – Mondi immaginari a Bologna

(The Neverending Story – Imaginary Worlds in Bologna)

Galleria Fondantico, Bologna, Italy

In cooperation with Bologna Connect, under the Patronage of the City of Bologna, District of Santo Stefano.

 

2014 AUGUST

 

Pencil stories
IDS – Innovative Design Solutions (Sarasota, Florida, USA)

2014 MAYCities are dreams with a drawing
GALLERY 212 (Miami, Florida, USA)

  2014 MAY, 6

Driftwood series

Arts and Cultural Alliance, County of Sarasota

“Giving Challenge”

Arts and Cultural Alliance, Sarasota, Florida, USA.

 

2014 APRIL – MAY

Driftwood series – The journey of the artist

Ringling Englewood Art Center

Englewood, Florida, USA

 

2013 JUNE

L’Artista viaggiatore e la natura

(The Travelling Artist and Nature)

Banca Centro Emilia, Filiale Porta Molina, Cento (FE).

 

 

2012 FEBRUARY

 

Il respiro della Terra (The Breath of the Earth)

Sala Rotary, Hotel Europa, Cento (FE).

 

2011 DECEMBER – JANUARY 2012

I cinque elementi (The Five Elements)

Banca Centro Emilia.

Filiale Porta Molina, Cento (FE).

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2017 MAY Friendship Project

57. Art Biennale of Venice, Italy

Repubblic of San Marino Pavilion

Curated by Vincenzo Sanfo

Event

 

2017 MAY Spoleto Arte Pavilion

Curated by Vittorio Sgarbi

Palazzo Grifalconi Loredan, Venice, Italy

 

2016 NOVEMBER Trees

Salaborsa, Bologna, Italy.

First prize and exhibition of the winning artworks of the photo contest “Trees”.

 

2016 JULY GALLERIA FONDANTICO at GALLERY 8

London Art Week, London, United Kingdom

 

2015 DECEMBER RUDOLF BUDJA GALLERY, South Beach, Miami, Florida.

 

2015 DECEMBER NINA TORRES FINE ART, Miami, Florida.

 

2015 MARCH GERAS-TOUSIGNANT GALLERY

San Francisco (California, USA)

 

2015 JANUARY “Contemporanei per Definizione – La Giovane Arte del Territorio” (Contemporary by Definition – The Young Art of the Surroundings”)

in Rocca di Cento (Castle in Cento)

(Cento, Ferrara, Italy)

 

2014 NOVEMBER Artrageous Gallery

(Miami, Florida, USA)

 

2014 JUNE GALLERY 212 (Miami, Florida, USA)

 

2014 MAY, 30 One Life 2013

SeeMe Exhibition Space, New York city, USA.

 

2014 APRIL Ringling Underground

John Ringling Museum of Art

Sarasota, Florida, USA

 

2012 AUGUST-SEPTEMBER Festival delle Arti

Bologna, Italy.

 

2012 MARCH “XX Giornata FAI” (20° FAI Day) of Spring, promoted by FAI (Italian Environment Foundation) – Sculpture Award

Exhibition of the sketches for the realization of a bronze sculpture on the concept “Nature and Environment”

Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna (Academy of Arts of Bologna) – Aula Magna

 

2011 JANUARY Pulcherrima – sul paesaggio, sul corpo

(Beautiful – on the landscape, on the body)

curated by Eleonora Frattarolo and Pietro Di Natale.

Galleria Fondantico, Bologna, Italy

 

2011 JANUARY Galleria De’ Marchi, Bologna, Italy

 

2010 DECEMBER Expo Officine Artistiche

Officine Minganti, Bologna, Italy

 

2010 AUGUST Festival delle arti

Bologna, Italy

 

2009 OCTOBER FIRST PRIZE Concorso Fotografico San Vitale.

(San Vitale Photography Contest)

Bologna, Italy

The main photo has been chosen to be the cover of the anthology Mamma non mamma (Mother not Mother), national writing contest.

 

2009 MARCH Premio Arte e Scienza

(“Art and Science” Award)

Fondazione Marino Golinelli

Palazzo Re Enzo, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

 

2008 MAY Museo MAGI 900, Pieve di Cento, Bologna, Italy

 

2008 MARCH

 

 

La primavera dell’arte

Castle of Vignola, Vignola, Modena, Italy.

 

2007 AUGUST

 

Festival delle Arti

Bologna, Italy

 

Prizes and Awards

 

2017 JANUARY SELECTED FINALIST Premio Arte Laguna, Venice, Italy

Sculpture Section

 

2016 NOVEMBER FIRST PRIZE Trees Award

Photo contest

Salaborsa, Bologna, Italy.

 

2010 AUGUST Selected finalist at the art prize “Festival delle Arti”

Officine Minganti, via Liberazione 15, Bologna, Italy.

 

2009 OCTOBER FIRST PRIZE Concorso Fotografico San Vitale.

(San Vitale Photography Contest)

Bologna, Italy

The main photo has been chosen to be the cover of the anthology Mamma non mamma (Mother not Mother), national writing contest.

 

2009 MARCH SELECTED FINALIST at the prize “Arte e Scienza”

Fondazione Marino Golinelli

Palazzo Re Enzo, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy.

 

2008 MAY SELECTED ARTIST at the group exhibition held in

Museum MAGI 900

Pieve di Cento (Bologna), Italy.

 

 

Fairs

 

2016 DECEMBER ArtMiami

ArtBasel Miami Week

Midtown, Miami, Florida, USA

 

2015 DECEMBER Miami River Art Fair

ArtBasel Miami Week

James L. Knight Convention Center, Brickell, Miami

 

Auctions

 

2014 APRIL, 3 Auction of artworks of the series “Driftwood”

“42nd Annual Benefit Banquet & Tribute – West Coast School”

Sarasota, Florida, USA

 

2011 JANUARY Auction during the exhibition

Pulcherrima – sul paesaggio, sul corpo

Curated by Eleonora Frattarolo and Pietro Di Natale.

Galleria Fondantico, Bologna, Italy

 

 

Publications and Press Reviews

 

2017 JUNE, 28 Article on the Italian newspaper “Il Corriere di Bologna”, on the participation of Penelope in the national Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino “Friendship Project” of the 57. Biennale D’arte di Venezia.

 

2017 JUNE, 22 Article on the magazine “Boop”, talking about the participation of Penelope in the national Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino “Friendship Project” of the 57. Biennale D’arte di Venezia.

 

2017 MAY, 28 Article on the magazine “EVENSI”, talking about the participation of Penelope in the national Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino “Friendship Project” of the 57. Biennale D’arte di Venezia.

 

2017 MAY, 20 Article on the magazine “EVENICE”, talking about the participation of Penelope in the national Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino “Friendship Project” of the 57. Biennale D’arte di Venezia.

 

2016 JANUARY Articles on the newspaper “Il Resto del Carlino” on the contest of Unindustria Bologna, where Penelope was part of the jury

 

2015 JULY-SEPTEMBER

 

Articles on several newspapers, national and international, magazines, online newspapers, regarding the exhibition in Venice, Hotel Danieli: Exibart, Art Tribune, MyWhere, Arte Navale, EspoArte, Il Gazzettino, La Nuova di Venezia, Il Resto del Carlino, La Nuova Ferrara, and many other (see specific press review – ask to artist and her representatives).

 

2015 JULY Publication of “Forgotten Spaces. All That is Left Behind”, catalogue of the exhibition in Venice, Hotel Danieli.

Published by: Historica.

 

2015 JANUARY “L’ItaloAmericano”, regarding the exhibition in the Italian Cultural Institute.

Article on Italian newspaper “Il Resto del Carlino”. Service on the radio “RER – Radio Emilia Romagna”.

 

2014 APRIL Articles on the newspapers of Sarasota County (Florida) regarding the artist’s exhibition in the Ringling’s Englewood Art Center: “Herald Tribune” (Ticket), “The Sun”, “Gasparilla Gazette”,“Boca Beacon”, “Charlotte Harbor”, “Englewood Sun”, “Englewood Review”, “Englewood Edge”, “Venice Florida”, “Venice GOV”

 

2012 SEPTEMBER Article on the artist on the magazine “Art Journal”.

Year 10, Number 5 (54) September-October 2012, page 20.

 

2012 JANUARY Expo Wiki Arte 2012

catalogue of the group exhibition, iArt Edizioni, Bologna.

 

2011 JANUARY Article on the magazine “Il Giornale dell’Arte”

n.305 January 2011– Umberto Allemandi & C.

Supplement “Vedere a Bologna”

N. 4 January-February 2011, page 11

 

2011 JANUARY Article on the magazine “Art Journal”.

Year 9, Number 1 (44) January-February 2011, page 38.

 

2010 SEPTEMBER Article on the magazine “Art Journal”.

Year 8, Number 5 (42) September-October 2010,

page 28.

 

2009 OCTOBER Mamma non mamma

Published book and catalogue of the contest and poetry anthology.

 

2009 MARCH Arte e Scienza

catalogue of the group exhibition.

Fondazione Marino Golinelli with Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna

 

 

 

Television and interviews

 

2017 JULY, 14 Interview in the News “TGR” in the Italian National TV station RAI 3.

 

2017 JUNE, 30 Interview in the News “Telesanterno Cronache” in the Italian TV station Telesanterno.

 

2017 JUNE, 23 Interview in the News of the Italian TV station TRC.

 

2014 MAY, 22 Interview held by the Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota) on the artist’s life, artworks, the social issues of her art and business in art. Interview held in the artist’s studio in Bologna (Italy). Filmed by Shashwat Bista in cooperation with Marysol Stepanof-Rivera for a project that will take part to the Sarasota Film Festival (Sarasota, Florida).

 

2014 MAY, 7 Interview for the American tv channel SNN during the Giving Challenge, Arts And Cultural Alliance, Sarasota.

 

 

Lectures

 

2016 FEBRUARY Lecture in University hosted by the course “Business models in creative industries”, in Administration and Innovation for the Art and Cultural Organizations. Class 83, Environment and Culture Economy

 

2015 JANUARY Lecture in University hosted in the course “Business models in creative industries”, in Administration and Innovation for the Art and Cultural Organizations. Class 83, Environment and Culture Economy.

 

2014 APRIL, 16 Lecture on art, explanation of technique invented for the Englewood Art Center exhibition.

West Side School, Sarasota, Florida, USA

 

2014 FEBRUARY

 

Lecture in University hosted by the course “Business models in creative industries”, in Administration and Innovation for the Art and Cultural Organizations. Class 83, Environment and Culture Economy.

 

2015 FEBRUARY

 

Lecture in University hosted by the course “Business models in creative industries”, in Administration and Innovation for the Art and Cultural Organizations. Class 83, Environment and Culture Economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jury

 

2016 GENNAIO Premio Giovani di Unindustria

Bologna, Italy

 

2015 JANUARY

 

Contest “Contemporary Young”

Artefiera, Bologna, Italy

 

 

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