Artist Claudia Palmira, a native New Yorker, lives and paints in Rome since 2006. Her work looks back at cultural icons and forward to the representations and juxtapositions available through new technologies. The result is a distinctly contemporary oeuvre replete with proud references to the works of masters of the Roman, Renaissance and Baroque periods, whose marks appear everywhere around her adopted home. The works revisit the visual poetics of the past and encourage a fresh look at iconic landmarks that have paved the path of art history.
Mixing representation and abstract expression, always with an eye on the rich past, her mixed media paintings and digital collages demonstrate what has been called “a refined classical and modern sensibility that meet in an ethereal, spiritual universe of her own creation.” She has begun to develop a strong following on both sides of the Atlantic, with critically acclaimed exhibits most recently at the Saint Stephen’s Gallery, Rome, the Galleria Exedra, Rome, and the Rome Open Studio.
Founder of Rome Design Agency, she has led art and conceptual graphic design projects for Bulgari Hotels, NBC TV’s Montel Williams Show, NOKIA Worldwide, the United Nations, the National Football League, and several bestsellers and other projects for Simon & Schuster and Conde Nast. She has designed several art books including retrospectives on Orientalism in Western Art and Masterpieces of Italian Futurism. Called “the designer’s designer” by House Beautiful magazine, she has expanded into the production of fine art while serving as editor of the 65–year-old quarterly Italian Journal, featuring the essays and thinking of some of the most important living writers, artists and thought leaders, in its pages.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and The Hackley School, Claudia resides in Rome’s Prati neighborhood with her husband, photographer Mauro Benedetti, and their son, Ludovico.