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Paolo Troilo

Born in Taranto, Paolo now lives and works in Milan and Palermo.

A self-taught artist, he first began drawing in pencil at the age of 4.

Paolo studied Architecture and Modern Literature at the University of Florence, then in Rome at the European Institute of Design.

He has worked as Creative Director for several prestigious international advertising agencies. In 2007 he was nominated best Italian creative by the Art Directors Club Italiano (ADCI).

In April 2005, in parallel with his advertising activity, Paolo’s career as a professional artist began when he started painting with his fingers for fun (he had forgotten to buy the brushes). It is thanks to his technique of dipping the tip of his fingers directly into jars of black and ivory acrylic that he became one of a kind in the art world.

Paolo’s works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, in Milan, Rome, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, San Francisco, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, New York

We are water and we will return to water ... for as long as we have it
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Giuseppe La Spada

Born in Palermo

Giuseppe is an interdisciplinary artist inspired by nature and sound.

Devoted to Water Issue. The purpose of his research is to make art, sustainability and spirituality coexist.

A 2007 Webby Award winner, alongside Beastie Boys, David Bowie, YouTube founders, thanks to the ecological web project “Mono no Aware”. In 2008 he collaborates with Ryuichy Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz in the tour ‘Cendre’, culminated with the show at Ground Zero, New York.

In 2010 he gave life, to “Afleur”, a live show which he also illustrated in a very particular and ecological object-book, that in 2011 was part of Digitalife2 art exhibition, between the works of Marina Abramovic, Christian Marclay, Carsten Nicolai, Ryoichi Kurokawa and many other contemporary artists.

In 2011, with the participation of more than 600 people, he staged an impressive tree in Piazza Duomo (Milan) in order to raise public awareness of the problem of pollution. In 2012 the video ‘Hana no ame’with Ryuichi Sakamoto composer for “Kizuna World” project to raise donation for Japan Earthquake victims.

In 2014 his digital manipulation were exhibit in ‘Tate Loud Collective’, in Tate Britain.

In 2015, his artwork ‘Migrants’ was digitally displayed at Louvre, Exposure Award. In the same year in October the artist present at Triennale a Milano “Sublimis”, his interdisciplinary project related with Humans and Water, developed in collaboration with eminent international scientists and artists, as Ryuichi Sakamoto who create the indent music composition “Shizen no Koe”.

The preview of the same project was presented also in Seaport Museum, New York, in 2016. Always in 2016 he had his soloexhibition ”Underwater” at Ecomuseo del Mare, Palermo.

In 2017 he presents the project “In a Changing Sea” at Mia Fair to raise public awareness of the environmental issue of marine pollution.

Now he lives and works in Milan, in a relentless research, embarked as not only an aesthetic artistic

mission, but also a truly human and ethic one, aiming to give a real contribution to human society. The exclusive use of natural elements (water in the first place) positions him as one of the Italian artists most sensitive to environmental issues. One of his peculiar characteristics is the ability to translate communication needs and raw ideas into 360° creative projects, making skilful use of all the different media available today. He’s member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (New York), Contract Professor at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan.

Water is a moment of suspension, a suspension between ancestral dualisms, light and darkness, visible and invisible, in the flow of this eternal movement that is life
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Francesca Pompei

Born in Rome

Francesca Pompei, graduated with praise in Philosophy, is a photographer focused on arts and architectural images and she is a member of the board of Italian Association of Professional Photographers-TAU Visual. Her photos have been featured in national and international exhibitions such as Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, the Armory Show 2013 in New York, AAF-Affordable Art Fair New York City 2014, Select Fair, Frieze Art Fair New York 2014, FOTOGRAFIA-Festival Internazionale Roma 2014, Art Fair Tokyo 2015, KIAFKorean International Art Fair 2015 Seoul, Oltre le Mura di Roma 2016- MACRO Rome, Laguna Art Prize Venice 2016, Oltre i libri 2016, Angelica Library Rome, AAF-Affordable Art Fair New York City 2016, Celeste Prize 2016 Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, Aqua Art Miami 2016-Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, Art Fair Tokyo 2017, Art Busan 2017 and appeared on screen show at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Her works feature also on LensCulture, blink, Art+Commerce Agency- PhotoVogue Collection New York and are part of the of the Fondo Malerba per la Fotografia, Milan. In July 2016 her works were among the top-rated entries in the Magnum Photography Awards 2016.

Since June 2013 she is a photographer of PhotoVogue and she is represented by the Galerie Bruno Massa in Paris.

She is also online on Saatchi Art, iStock by Getty Images, ArtPrice.com, Artand, Artsper,

Artbco, LensCulture, ART UpCLOSE and One Eyeland.

Acqua delle risacche sulle vecchie orme, sulle vecchie tracce, sulle vecchie cose, acqua delle risacche che dalle stelle s'apre come una rosa immensa,acqua che va avanza sulle spiagge come una mano ardita sotto una veste (....) - Pablo Neruda
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Roberto Ridi

Born on the Island of Elba

From an early age Roberto nurtured a love for professional photography. Moving from the magic of B/W to a passion for colour, he has lived through the transition of the curiosity of photographic film to the speed of digital photography, replacing the blackness of the dark room with a screen overflowing with creativity and colour.

A professional photographer since 1980, Roberto is a visual storyteller specialising in naturalistic reportage, ranging from aerial photography to underwater, from portraiture to landscape, always keeping a close and careful focus on Man and Nature’s designs.

Roberto is author of numerous international publications and responsible for setting up the Tuscan Archipelago National Park’s photographic archive

The sea is what water means to me, a magnificent liquid, the sky's mirror. I live on an island, embraced by this immense element, changing, unstoppable, capable of instilling serenity but commanding respect, both gentle and mighty. From the transparency of the surface to its dark depths, it is like the human soul
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Carlo Silva

Born in Seregno

Carlo Silva, , is responsible for the online photo archive of the Directorate General Agriculture of the Lombardy Region, where are cataloged about 6000 photos of the regional rural landscape, agri-food products, animals and farmers.

He has received several awards in national and international competitions including, as the only Italian, the third prize in the category “The edible garden” at the 3rd Photographic Competition “International Garden Photographer of the Year” by The Royal Photographic Society Royal Botanic Gardens in London.

His pictures have been exhibited in several personal and collective exhibitions including Barcelona, London, Lausanne, Milan, Como, Rome, Madrid.

In 2011 he realized the photo campaign “The Young Face of Lombard Agriculture”, portraits of young Lombard farmers in the communication campaign to citizens “Agriculture Changes to Your Life.” Portraits were exhibited in the Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo da Vinci” in Milan..

Water transparency reflects the integrity of the world
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Myriam Meloni

Born in Cagliari

Myriam Meloni is a french-italian photographer currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Bologna, and specialized in criminology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, she approaches to photography completing the three-years-course in Photographic Institute of Catalonia. After moving to Argentina, she specializes in documentary photography and she start to collaborate with national newspapers and international NGOs.

She has been focusing her work on socials contemporary issues, with a very intimate approach, using everyday life of our society to discuss more general’s thematics. Her first documentary work “Fragile”, on crack abuse among adolescents in Argentina, has been recognized as cultural patrimony of the Argentinian Republic.

Since then, she was candidate for the Joop Swart Masterclass in the World Press Photo and was nominated for the Prix Pictet. Her work received several international grants: the Sony award in Arts & Culture, the Picture of the Year Latin America, the Firecracker grant for European women photographers, and the FINI grant for international Photography in Mexico.

Her work has been featured in numerous publications, and exhibited internationally. She is represented by the French agency Picturetank and collaborator for the International New York Times..

El agua es mujer. Mujer de seda, mujer de espejos,mujer de encajes.Mujer resbaladiza,mujer atrapadora,mujer que juega.Mujer hielo,mujer brasa,mujer que tonifica el amor.Mujer que purifica,que limpia,que blanquea.Mujer hierba que soba,mujer medicina que cura,mujer hechicera que envuelve.Mujer quieta,mujer violenta,mujer que refresca.Mujer quecalma la sed,mujer que apaga el fuego,mujer que refresca el alma.Mujer que baña al recién nacido,mujer que baña al cadáver,mujer que baña el rostro del mundo.Mujer compañera del viento,mujer cómplice de las nubes,fuego sagrado.Agua-mujer, sensualidad y arte mujer cumpanera del vientomujer complice de las nubesmujer amante fuego sagradoAgua – mujer sensualidad y arte --- The ancient word, contemporary Mexican indigenous poets
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Simone Bramante

Nato a Siracusa cresciuto a Finale Emilia lavora in sei continenti

Laureato in lettere

Ha iniziato verso la fine degli anni ’90 scattare con una Canon 3000 a pellicola, influenzato dal fascino del bianco e nero, dall’amore per la grana e dai film Ilford. È un Digital Creative Director, un fotografo, e prima di tutto uno Storyteller.

Come direttore creativo è un’avanguardia nel mondo della pubblicità: Ford Usa, DiSaronno, Ducati, Volvo, Absolut, Maserati, Samsung, Unicredit, Hotel Marriot.

Uno dei primi italiani ad entrare nelle grazie del team di Instagram che spesso ha pubblicato le sue foto nello stream dell’account ufficiale e ad essere tra gli utenti suggeriti. Ad oggi, su Instagram @brahmino ha oltre 880mila follower.

Un nuovo giorno, una nuova chance per essere ispirati dalla natura per costruire qualcosa di buono per il nostro mondo
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