Biography

Photoportrait of Francesca Magro, © studio Fugazzotto-Balbini.

Francesca Magro (Bergamo, 1958) graduated in 1980 at the Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan. Her first exhibition, presented by Giancarlo Ossola, was held at the Obiettivo Arti Gallery of Verdello (BG) in 1984. She specialized in engraving from 1983 to 1986 at the ‘Raffaello’ Academy of Urbino under Renato Buscaglia and in 1987 she further studied engraving in Sweden at the “Olands Grafiska Skola” foundation.
She has regularly exhibited both in Italy and abroad.

Among her most recent exhibitions:

2007
- “Italian Artists for peace” c/o the ONU Palace of Bruxelles, “Wounded Identities” at Spazio Cinema Anteo of Milano, “The New Constructivism”, organized by G. Lodetti, at the Bocca Bookstore in Milan and “Water, Bread and Boards” at the Palazzo della Triennale.

2008
- Personal exhibition “Abstract Chromosome” at the Fondazione Radice (MI), organized by Luca Pietro Nicoletti.

2009
- “Anatomy of an Ant or of a Blade of Grass” personal exhibition at Spazio Tadini (MI) presented by Luca Pietro Nicoletti, Alberto Veca and Giancarlo Ricci.
- Collaboration with the psychoanalyst and essayist Giancarlo Ricci at the presentation of the book l'uomo,la macchina, l'automa (the Man, the Machine, the Robot, ed. Bollati Boringhieri) written by the philosopher Carlo Sini, with over 120 drawings, and with the event “Freud and Berlin Wall” with 59 drawings, always with Giancarlo Ricci, Florinda Cambria (philosopher), M. Vittoria Lodovichi (psychoanalyst), Rosalba Maletta (germanist) and Carlo Sini.

2010
- In occasion of Vincenzo Palmieri’s personal exhibition of at “Il Bagolaro” art gallery in Arluno (MI), her book The Body and the Flesh – Francesca Magro has been published, organized by Spazio Tadini of Milano, and presented by Melina Scalise and texts by Giancarlo Ossola, Giancarlo Ricci and Luca Pietro Nicoletti.

In 2007/08 she had been member of the Commissione Artistica Annuale Società per le Belle Arti ed Esposizione Permanente (Annual Art Committee Society for Fine Arts and Permanent Exhibition) of Milan, participating regularly to their exhibitions since 1990.
Her works are now part of several private and museum collections in Italy and abroad. Among these: Museum and Art Gallery of Macerata, the Archive for the 1900s’ Italian Art of the Kunsthistorisches Institut of Florence, “Endas Lombardia” – Lombard Artists of Milan, the Historical Archive of the Art Museum - Palazzo Bandera of Busto Arsizio (VA), Sacred Art Museum of S. Pietro and Paolo of Sacconago (VA), the Museum and the Pagani Museum of Castellanza (VA), Museum and Art Gallery of Villa Soranzo at Varallo Pombia (NO), the Civic Modern Art Gallery of Gallarate (VA), the Detroit Museum of New Arts, the Vito Mele Museum of Santa Maria di Leuca (LE), the “Arca Pacis” Institute of Stresa (NO), the De Portesio’s Contemporary Art Graphic Collection at San Felice del Benaco (BS), the Museo della Città – Palazzo Bonaventura Odasi di Urbino (PU).

Since 2011 Francesca Magro has been collaborating with the “L'Accento di Socrate” on-line philosophical magazine, edited by Maria Giovanna Farina, and with the “L'accademia del ben-essere” Phylosophical Laboratory for the study and research of new approaches for the human beings’s cure.

She lives and works in Arese (MI).

They have written about her:
Andrea Angelucci, Annelie Axlesson, Franco Azimonti, Riccardo Barletta, Giuse Betti, Mauro Bianchini, Virgi Bonifazi, Felice Bonalumi, Francesca Buffo, Fabrizia Buzio Negri, Florinda Cambria, Federicapaola Capecchi, Ennio Concarotti, Anna Costantini, Silvia Cuppini, Lucio Del Gobbo, Enzo De Paoli, A.De Santis, Giulio Dotto, Marco Fogliate Sorsoli, Anna Franzetti, Alda Garavaglia, Pier Domenico Giani, Pier Antonio Giudici, Jochnowitz, Lino Lazzari, Attilio Lunardi, Lucy M. Lewis, Lino Lazzari, Emiliana Mangiot, Luisa Marcora, Giovanni Moia, Pietro Mosca, Renata Navalese, Luca Pietro Nicoletti, Giancarlo Ossola, Piergiorgio Panelli, Ines Pessina, Marina Pizziolo, Gianni Pre, Matteo Rancan, Giancarlo Ricci, Ombretta Rinieri, Fabrizio Rovesti, Lamberto Ruffini, Melina Scalise, Luciana Schiroli, Giorgio Seveso, Francesco Tadini, Roberto Travaglini, Alberto Veca.