Biography

MARTA PALMIERI

MARTA PALMIERI (Italian, b. 1973)

Marta Palmieri’s ceramic works are characterized by the combination of painting and clay, honoring the nature of earth in its simplest expressions. Reflecting the environment through color, texture, and shadow, she pays homage to both the natural world around her while also embracing the inherent elements of her material.

With a focus on compositional balance as well as juxtaposition of line and texture, Palmieri uses refractory clays shaped from slabs to create her lightweight compositions. She uses multiple finishing techniques, layering glazes, oxidization, and etching to achieve varied, dynamic surfaces. Palmieri often places her objects in groupings, challenging perceptions of balance and gravity by arranging them in seemingly-precarious stacks.

Palmieri has an extensive background in the arts; she studied visual art and architecture before attending the Fine Art Academy of Urbino, where she focused on painting, drawing, and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and competitions both within Italy and internationally. Her sculptures are featured in public collections and museums around the world. 

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MARTA PALMIERI
Born 1973, Italy
Lives and works in Ancona, Italy

EDUCATION
1997    Fine Arts Academy of Urbino, Italy Degree in Sculptur
1994    Vocational postgraduate course certificate in Art Printer (lithography, silk
                 screen, xylography, punta secca, technique), Ancona, Italy
1992    High School of Arts Edgardo Mannucci, Italy Artistic High School
1990    High School of Arts Edgardo Mannucci, Italy master's degree in art,
                 architecture and furnishing section

PRIZES
2017    Encouragement prize, ICAA Competition, BLANCHE DE CHINE,
                 International Ceramic Prize, Lyon, France

2016    Special citation 10th International Contemporary Artists Review, Albissola,
                 (SV), Italy

2014    Winner of XXI CONCORSO DI CERAMICA MEDITERRANEA Grottaglie, 
                 (TA), Italy

2013    Honorable mention, 2th KINA KAOLIN GRAN PRIX Jingdezhen, China
            Winner of 5th TRIENNALE DELLA CERAMICA D’ESTE, Este, (PD) Italy
2009    Second prize, 4th Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Pesaro, Italy
1995    Winner of sculpture, PRIZE Edgardo Mannucci, Arcevia, Italy
1994    Winner of PRIZE PIERO GUIDI, Pesaro, Italy

SELECTED COMPETITIONS
2017    CERAMICAPPIGNANO 3th Competition Ceramics, Appignano
                 (MC), Italy
            MANISES 13th International Biennial of Ceramic’s, Valencia, Spain
            AVEIRO 13th Biennial Ceramics. Aveiro, Portugal
            CERCO-ARAGON 15th International Prize of Contemporary Ceramics,
                 Zaragoza, Spain
2015    Prize Baccio da Montelupo, Prize International Art Ceramics, Montelupo
                 Fiorentino, (FI) Italy
            59th PREMIO FAENZA, International Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Italy
            5th COMPETITION LUCIO DE MARIA, Torino, Italy
2013    58th PREMIO FAENZA, International Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Italy 
2012    CELESTE PRIZE, Italy   
            32th CICA, International Competition de Ceramica, Alcora, Spain
1998    “Arti visive2” Genova, Italy
1997    SPINETOLI 97 Sculpture competition, Macerata, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014    PIETRE TRASPARENZE VOLUMI IN TERRACOTTA, Società della pietra,
                 Senigallia, (AN) Italy

2012    Marta Palmieri - SCULTURE, curated by Giancarlo Bojani, Societadellapietra,
                 Senigallia (AN), Italy

2010    Marta Palmieri, Contemporaneo Design Art Gallery, Jesi (AN), Italy
2008    Marta Palmieri, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona(AN), Italy
2007    CERAMICHE rettorato, Ancona, Italy

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018    Designing Women 2, Egg Collective, New York, NY (forthcoming)
            Zanotta: Achille Castiglioni 100th, Museo della città and Zanotta,
                 Ancona, Italy

2017    New Ceramic Artists, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            ExtraMurum curated by Marco Maria Polloniato e Fabiola Scremin,
                 Asolo (TV), Italy
            ExtraMurum, 15th Ceramic fair, Montelupofiorentino, Italy curated by
                 Marco Maria Polloniato e Fabiola Scremin
            ExtraMurum, contemporary art in villa, curated by Marco Maria Polloniato
                 e Fabiola Scremin, Villa Caldogno Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, Italy
2016    OMAGGIO AD ALBISSOLA X Review international  artists
                 contemporary, Albissola Marina, Italy
2015    TERRAE, La ceramica nell’informale e nella ricerca contemporanea,
                 curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, Municipal Art Gallery, Vitelli Palace,
                 Città di Castello (PG), Italy
            ON THE SPOT/ROVINE,installations of contemporary art site specific,
                 curated by Michele Gentile, Archeological Area Helvia Ricina, Villa
                 Potenza, Macerata (AN), Italy
2010    OTTO SCULTRICI IN FORTEZZA, Bastione San Gallo, curated by
                 Giancarlo Bojani, Fano (PU), Italy
            CREATIVITA’ CERAMICA ITALIANA, TANTE TRADIZIONI E PRATICHE
                 IN UNA, Dailininku Sajungos Gallery, Vilnius LITUANIA, Sponsored
                 by the Italian Institute of Culture in Vilnius curated by Giancarlo Bojani
2010    AR(t)CEVIA international art festival, Arcevia (AN), Italy
2009    AR(t)CEVIA international art festival, Arcevia (AN), Italy
2008    Metodo Effe, Mole Vanvitelliana (AN),Italy
1999    Art Gallery Gioacchini, Ancona, (AN), Italy
1997    Laboratori paralleli, exhibition designer Raffaello Scianca Professor of
                 sculpture at the Fine Arts Academy of Urbino, Cattolica, (PS), Italy
1996    Cavoleto 96, exhibition designer, curated by Giovanni Prosperi, Treia,
                 (MC), Italy

COLLECTIONS
Ceramics industrial Heritage Museum, Jingdezhen, China
Ceramic Museum of Alcora, Alcora, Spain
Museum Palazzo Toschi of Pesaro, Italy
Episcopio Castle, ceramics museum Grottaglie (TA), Italy
Handicraft academy foundation Este (PD), Italy
Brunori Palace, collection art works Giancarlo Bojani, Corinaldo (AN), Italy

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