Primarily interested in the human form, Roberto Coni focuses on expression and emotions of the present moment. Coni creates large-scale oil paintings which focus on the eyes of her portrait subjects, portraying a sense of realism within her series of works, reminiscent of Flemish old masters.
Roberta Coni was born in Marino (Rome) in 1976. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1999. She integrated her studies abroad with two grants in Spain and the United States. Primarily interested in the human figure, she mixes the classical technique of oil painting with heavy body paste made of bitumen, melted wax and glue.
Since 2009, her artistic research has been geared toward large-scale paintings, in which the face often emerges from the shadows. An interpretation of the contemplative soul aimed in continuous introspection. Her work is characterized by its strong realism while combining rougher materials. Female figures with poignant expressions, faces in the foreground, where, with detailed attention, almost lenticular, the brush focuses on the skin and eyes, and in particular to the secret pulse of the pictorial surface. The faces are often violated by time flowing relentlessly on the skin, deforming and shaping it over the years, to lay bare the soul. She has created a compendium of contemporary work as she integrates video-art with the visual language of her paintings for creations made with the same techniques.
Lately she has begun an ambitious project related to the pictorial realization of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. She has received numerous awards abroad including England, Turkey and China.
In 2011 Coni was selected for the for the Italian Academy Padiglion of the Venice Biennale. She has received numerous awards across the world including the Passion for Freedom Prize for painting; she was also selected for the 4th edition of the Fabbri Prize (2012), for the Lissone Prize (2010) and for the Celeste Prize (2009).
October - Portraits Riflessi, Leo galleries, Monza, Italy
December 2014-February 2015 - IMAGO curated by Simona Gavioli, Core Gallery, Naples-Verona Italy
May - Dove'l sol is silent, curated by MariaLaura Perilli, Museum of SS.Giacomo and Filippo. Brescia, Italy
December - ClosHer- the distance is a point of view. Curated by Ferdan Yusufi and Giorgio Bertozzi. Doruk Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey.
October - INFERNO- DIVINA COMEDIA Maria Laura Perilli. Dachu-Art Provincial Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Wuhan (Hubei) China
June - FACE TO FACE, curated by Ferdan Yusufi, and Giorgio Bertozzi courtesy Galleria Russo- Rome - Milan (Italy) at Beyo Lu Belediyesi Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey.
November - Tentar la Carne curated by Beatrice Buscaroli. F.Russo Gallery, Rome, Italy
October - Incipit Comoedia, curated by Alberto Agazzani, Bertoni Fondation, Antiche Scuderie Saluzzo, Cuneo Italy
June - Sacrum Facere, curated by Ivana Lutrissimi and Maria Laura Perilli Sant'Agostino Museum Complex in Cortona, Arezzo, Italy
May - Mea Culpa - the seduction of sin, curated by Maria Laura Perilli. Galleria Triphè, Cortona, Arezzo, Italy
December 2009 - February 2010 - The material of the gaze, curated by Lorenzo Canova, Scuderie Aldobrandini, Rome; Galleria Russo - Ace of Quadri, Milan; italy
January - Recent Works, Spazio 4.4, Rome, Italy
December - Epidermis, curated by Maria Laura Perilli, Palazzo Chigi Formello, Galleria Triphè; Rome, Italy
November - Vertigine, Magnolia Gallery, The International House of Women, Rome, Italy
October - Sense, curated by Maria Laura Perilli Triphè Gallery, Cortona, Arezzo, Italy
May - Genesis of a torment, curated by Simona Sacconi. Palazzo degli Alessandri, Viterbo; Italy 2007 July - Agost The unhealthy idea, curated by Maria Laura Perilli Gallery Triphè, Cortona, Arezzo Italy