"Francesca is developing herself as a brilliant mosaic artist. Her works reflect her passionate and strong character; the evidence of this is in the use of vibrant colours and the themes she selects for her pieces. Her creative process is intuitive; she seems to create her mosaics out of pure inspiration."
Paula Ligo - artist tutor at Southbank Mosaics and at the London School of Mosaic
"Francesca is an exceptional student and practitioner of mosaic, combining great skill with a hugely innovative approach. We need people like Francesca to help mosaic break out of its millenia of tradition and find a new distinctive voice. She is also excellent at working in a multi-cultural team and brings her love of life to the work place."
David Tootill - Chair of BAMM and Principal at the London School of Mosaic
"From the moment I asked Francesca if she wanted to collaborate with us (The London International Gallery of Children's Art) on a project on air pollution, her enthusiasm and support have been invaluable. Her creative ability and organisational skills have impressed me since the beginning. Francesca has been a great source of ideas and an effective team player: from shaping up the art lessons to delivering them with Susie, from curating the exhibition to mounting it, from designing the art workshop to very successfully running it, she has aced it all! I look forward to working with Francesca again, hopefully in the very near future"
Paola Longobardi - Chair of the Board of Trustees of LIGCA - London International Gallery of Children’s Art
In my early life I challenged myself by focusing on things that did not come naturally to me (e.g. going into Law after studying Classics). Yet, I tried for years to placate my internal restlessness by living in different countries and cultures (Pordenone, Padua, Denver, London, Paris, New York...). When I reached 40, with the responsibility of a mother, I settled between London and Trieste and found my outlet in what I liked and did best, namely using my hands to create.
Art exhibitions, painting and modelling clay were regular hobbies which never satiated my inherent creative nature. Finally, I entered the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, in Spilimbergo: a whole new world of WONDERS opened up.
I wanted to learn how to do it properly. I found a delightful place in London, Southbank Mosaics, where I obtained a first Award course. I then took a course in Roman mosaics at Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Spilimbergo (Italy), another Certificate at Southbank Mosaics, other courses in Byzantine and Modern mosaics in Spilimbergo, and promptly enrolled on many other… Italy, Turkey, and what else! I am now attending the Mosaic Diploma at the brilliant London School of Mosaic in London. I have been Exhibition Officer for BAMM and a member of the Governing Body of the London School of Mosaic, where I also taught short courses on the innovative subject of "Mosaic as Mixed Media".
But that was only the first step towards what turned into full-on environmental artivism: whether through rubbish art, ArtWORKivism, or charity projects with schools and organisations, I am constantly involved in artivist initiatives and experimental artivist projects.
I participated in over 60 art exhibitions internationally, received over 30 awards and appeared on a number of publications. I recently launched the Payment in Kind(ness) initiative, whereby I accept eco-friendly gestures (LiThs = “Little Things”) as payment in kind toward my artwork.
Ironically, my Little Things exhibition was censored within the first week of opening, as it was found to be “too controversial” by some of the estate residents.
I run art projects with schools on plastic and air pollution. My longest collaboration (March 2018-April 2019) was “A Breath of Fresh Air” with the London International Gallery of Children’s Art, which involved 5 schools in London and Delhi and culminated in an exhibition at the Nehru Centre in Mayfair.
I currently the lecturer of Fabrication at the London School of Mosaic. I have permanent exhibitions at the ex chiesa di Santa Chiara in Murano, Venice, at Halcyon Interiors in Wigmore Street, London and at the Staiy Atelier in Berlin (opening soon).
I am happily available for pro bono collaborations with environmental organisations. Making the world a better place through art, in all possible ways, is my biggest hope.
Website Brand & Photography by