Maria Elisabetta Novello

Vicenza, 1974. Lives in Udine

The artist studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, where she graduated with a thesis on Painting. After being rewarded a scholarship to attend the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, she started exhibiting in 2001. Her recent group shows have included exhibitions at the Mart in Rovereto (2013) and the Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “Casa Cavazzini” in Udine (2015), while she has had solo shows at the Galleria Fumagalli in Bergamo (2012) and the Anna Marra Arte Contemporanea in Rome (2015). Ever since the start of her career, Novello has used a particular material—wood ash—to produce works that encompass a variety of techniques— installation, performance, sculpture and painting—and traditional genres, such as landscape. Based on precariousness and absence, her works unfold through minimal variations and act as a means for opening up to what is transitory. She won first prize at Maninfesto in 2007 (Villa Manin di Passariano), the Blumm Prize (Brussels) in 2013 and the Fondazione VAF prize in 2014.

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