Roberta Coni graduated in 1999 from the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, specializing in painting. In 1997 she won a scholarship for the Study Project Erasmus and therefore attended her third year of the Academy at the Faculty of Fine Arts Alonso Cano of Granada, Spain. In 2005-2006 she won the study scholarship through the Rotary International for the Academy of Art University of San Fransisco, California USA. Her productions have always focused on the study of the human figure located in the facial expression and the human gaze. Characteristic elements of the strong realism expressed in her works highlight the facial skin and the reflections of the look of the female figures that emerge from the shadows, the artist combines the classic techniques of oil to full-bodied and mixed media. The choice of using a large canvas, in which most of the space is occupied by a subject’s face reinforces the expressiveness of the model and lingers on the skin and on the attention of the viewer’s eyes.
The eye, the gaze, the intensity and its reflection, become a moment of transition to a more profound reading and contemplation of the works of the artist. Helped by touches of the brush that make the picture’s surface alive and pulsating, the details of the faces aid to see the soul of the model, and feel a deep introspection and empathy towards them.
Her artistic style, founded on culture and tradition is also open to new technologies, due to the video input – always part of her polyptych projects –and by this, her practice can be inserted in the centre of contemporary artistic culture.
Many solo exhibitions organized all over Italy since 2007: L’idea Malsana, curated by Maria Laura Perilli (Cortona, Galleria Triphè), followed in 2008 by four exhibitions: Genesi di un tormento, curated by Simona Sacconi (Viterbo, Palazzo degli Alessandri), Senso, curated by Maria Laura Perilli (Cortona, Galleria Triphè), Vertigine (Roma, Casa Internazionale delle Donne) and Epidermide, curated by Maria Laura Perill (Formello, Palazzo Chigi); in 2009 she produces the exhibition Recent Works (Roma, Spazio 4.4). In 2010 her first exhibition at Galleria Russo, La materia dello sguardo, curated by Lorenzo Canova, already at the Scuderie Aldobrandini of Frascati. Finally, still in 2010, Mea Culpa-la seduzione del peccato, curated by Maria Laura Perilli (Cortona, Galleria Triphè) and Sacrum Facere, curated by Ivana Lutrissimi and Maria Laura Perilli in June 2011 (Cortona, Polo Museale di Sant’Agostino). In 2012 the Foundation Amleto Bertoni – Antiche Scuderie di Salluzzo presents Roberta Coni. Incipit Comoedia curated by Aberto Agazzani and Tentar la carne curated by Beatrice Buscaroli at Galleria Russo in Rome. In 2013 she produces two solo exhibitions in Istanbul curated by Ferdan Yusufi and Giorgio Bertozzi: Face to face at the Beyoğlu Belediyesi Sanat Galerisi with the collaboration of Galleria Russo Rome-Milan and ClosHer – the distance is a point of view at the Doruk Sanat Galerisi. Always in 2013 Inferno – Divina Comedia curated by Maria Laura Perilli at the Dachu – Art Provincial Academy of Fine Arts Museum of Wuhan (Hubei) in China. In 2014 she continues with Dove’l sol tace, currated by Maria Laura Perilli at the Museum of SS. Giacomo and Filippo of Brescia and Imago. Roberta Coni at the Gallery CO.RE of Naples. In 2015 she had a solo exhibition in Brazil at Galleria Sergio Caribè, curated by Patrizia Skaf. In 2011 she was among the artists selected to exhibit in Illuminazioni for the Padiglione Italia Accademie at the Biennale of Venice, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi (Tese di San Cristofaro Arsenale Nord, Venice). In 2010 she won the prize Passion for freedom for her painting with UNIT 24 Gallery of London; she was se lected for the fifth edition of the Fabbri Prize (2012), for the Lissone Prize (2010) and for the Celeste Prize (2009). She has participated in a number of imporant group exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including: Portrait 2000 (2000, Roma, Chiostro del Bramante), Totem di Luce (2001, Roma, Palazzo Brancaccio), Picta (2004, Museo Civico U. Mastroianni, Marino, Roma), Ydra, il femmile specchiato il femminile sognato (2006, Roma) , Fluidità Concrete (2007, Palazzo Cocozza Campanile, GianMaArt studio gallery, Vitulano, Benevento), Exhibition with Italian artists (2008 – 2009, Orange Gallery, Seoul , Korea). In 2009 she was part of the group exhibition of the Biennale of Rimini – Sismondi 2009 Contemplazioni – Beauty and the new Italian contemporary painting tradition curated by Alberto Agazzani and Fresh Paint curated by Lorenzo Canova (Spazio Aratro – Archive for the electronic art laboratory for contemporary art at the University of Studies of Molise); in 2010 she took part in the exhibitions Quintessenze (Frascati and Istanbul), I guardiani dello spirito, esoteric view of esoteric vision (San Leo e Tortona) and Less is more curated by Alberto Agazzani (Catania). In 2012, she participated in Donne, solo e semplicemente donne (Fondazione Bertoni, Antiche Scuderie, Saluzzo), A proposito di donne (Galleria Conarte, Savona), (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Rome) in Cultura + Legalità = libertà (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Rome). L’Arte contro le mafie curated by Roberta Di Chiara and Il Divino nell’arte contemporanea curated by Roberto Bilotti (Museo dei Bretii and from Enotri di Cosenza). In 2013 she participated in La parola illustrata curated by Beatrice Buscaroli at Campus Bonomia of Bologna, Look at me by Adriana Soldini at Galleria Municipale di Gaeta, Locus Animae, at the Biennale Out Off Dea Madre organized by Stefano Momentè (Kursaal Foyer, Jesolo) and chosen for the permanent collection curated by Alberto Agazzani Ad Imaginem Suam for Museo di Arte Contemporanea of Catania. In 2014 she participated in the Biennale di arte contemporanea di Salerno and in the Triennale of Rome Last Paradise curated by Daniele Radini Tedeschi. In 2015 she was among the artists in the exhibition Linee di Confine: La natura, il corpo, le città curated by Marco di Capua for Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome. She was also chosen for Ritratti Riflessi an exhibition of art and design curated by Michela Ongaretti organized by Leo Galleries of Monza for the Milan Art Expo. The same year she was selected for a personal exhibition curated by Michele Von Buren of RVBArt in Dubai. In 2016 she participates in Shakespeare in Rome organized by Galleria Russo of Rome with the patronage of the British Council for the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
In 2000 she took part in L’altro da sé, Festival Romano Opere Giovanili as a part of the Biennale of Young Artists in Europe and the Mediterranean and then, in 2009 as part of the Biennale of the Mediterranean (Lecce, Palazzo Marchesale Taviano). She also participated in a number of national and international fairs (ArteFiera Bologna, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Bergamo BAF, 2011; La Spezia, 2011; Milano AAF, 2011; Arezzo ArtExpo, 2011; Immagina Reggio Emilia, 2010; Art Verona, 2009, 2011, 2015; Swab Barcelona 2012; Art Factory Catania 2012, 2013; ART TAIPEI 2013; TÜYAP Fair, Artist 2013, 2014; Contemporary Istanbul 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
Furthermore her works are part of national and international permanent collections: The Fabbri Foundation for the Art of Bologna, La Verde La Malfa Foundation of Catania, the permanent collection for the Museum of Contemporary Art Macs of Catania, the Foundation Casa della Divina Bellezza of Messina, the Bora Koleksiyonu of Istanbul and the Museum of Fine Arts Dachu Art Whuan (Hubei, China). She lives and works in Rome.