FRANCESCA BONANNI was born in Rome on 21 June 1969. She lives and works between Dubai, Nice, Milan and Rome. She received her diploma at the Rome Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. In 2001, she graduated in Contemporary Art History at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, in the department chaired by Marisa Volpi Orlandini. She attended the Free School of Nude at the Brera Fine Arts Academy, Milan. A modern and innovative artist, she has been active as a painter since 1990 with exhibits in Italy and abroad. Her work is present in the prestigious “Bulgari” collection, at the “Ance – Lazio Urcel” association, and in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Anticoli Corrado, Rome. In April 2014, after six months of travel and research in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong, she moved to Dubai, UAE where she is currently living and working on new projects, including portraits of illustrious families of the world. In 2017 she showed several exhibitions in the UAE and in Europe; She has exhibited for the Grand Opening of the new Arth Hub Gallery at the World Trade Center in Abu Dhabi. In 2016 she was invited by the University of Science and Technology of Ajman, UAE as a Special guest, to exhibit her works at the annual Interior Design students exhibition.
She received personal congratulations by the Dean and by Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid. In the same year she participated in the exhibition "Empatema", Space Alberto Aperto, Milan. In 2015, Francesca Bonanni held two personal exhibits: “Dubai Digital Beauty 3.0“, with the support of CKGS and the Italian Consulate General in Dubai, and “Gold of Dubai – The Vision” with the support of Eataly Dubai. During the same year, she exhibited in the project “Armonie Pregresse” the first International collective of Contemporary Art at Artottica Gallery; she also carved a monumental marble sculpture for the Underwater Museum “La casa dei Pesci“ (The House of Fishes), Talamone, Tuscany. In 2014 she contributed to the completion of the relic sculpture of San Gennaro, a holy figure in southern Italy, for the international exhibition “The Treasure of San Gennaro” organized by the prestigious “Fondazione Roma”.
She also participated as a guest speaker at the Conference “San Gennaro at the mirror”, describing the decorative painting of the sculpture. In 2013, Francesca Bonanni exhibited the project “Acqua la Rinascita – Water, the Rebirth”, a personal itinerant and international art display, presented in preview at the Royal Tiber Rowing Club of Rome. She published the essay on the painter Pasquarosa Bertoletti Marcelli with the publishing house Palombi and, on that occasion, created her first video art. She also was the author of the prestigious Nino Manfredi Prize, won by actor Pierfrancesco Favino. Among Francesca’s other recent exhibitions are: 2013, Verdi Duecento, Ca’ d’Oro Gallery, Rome and Miami; in 2012,“The Agony and the Ecstasy”, Ca’ d’Oro Gallery, Palazzo Torlonia, Rome, and “Darkness and Light”, Fedele Monopoli Art Studio Gallery, Bari. In 2011, she exhibited “Portraits of Demons and Angels”, Vanvitelli Gallery of the Angelic Library in Rome; in 2008 “The Gold of the Mediterranean” at the Italian Cultural Institute in Rabat, Morocco and at the Civic Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Anticoli Corrado.
THE FOLLOWING HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT HER: Maria Teresa Benedetti, Paolo Bertoletti, Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Marco Bussagli, Carlo Fabrizio Carli, Carlo Chenis, Costanza Ciabatti, Costanzo Costantini, Linda De Sanctis, Isabella de Stefano, Marco Di Capua, Patrizia Ferri, Loredana Finicelli, Giovanna Giolla, Chiara Anna Lorenzetti, Roberto Lucifero, Salvatore Italia, Corrado Levi, Lea Mattarella, Antonio Passa, Marcello Pezza, Alessandro Riva, Arnaldo Romani Brizzi, Giorgio Salerno, Carlo Serafini, Alessandra Maria Sette, Carmine Siniscalco, Claudio Strinati, Fiammetta Terlizzi.
HER COLLECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD: Capri, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Viterbo, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Ajman, Bahrain, Berlin, Caracas, Dubai, Doha, Ghana, Hamburg, Lausanne, London, Marrakech, Muscat, New York, Paris, Rabat, Sana’a, San Francisco, St. Barth, Vienna.