CLAUDIA EMANUELA COPPOLA, born in Milan, Italy in 1966, is uniquely positioned as an artist, moving effortlessly across disciplines as a writer, painter, theatre director and illustrator. Sinuous lines, vivid colors and sensational tones are characteristic of the faces she paints. The enchanting eyes of her young figures express an immense fragility, a sadness mixed with innocence, Trapped in their dreamy world, Coppola’s figures have the power to open us to the soul with their glance. Coppola has been widely recognized with awards and exhibitions in Treviso, Roma, Napoli, Milano, Taormina, Budapest, Paris, London, London, Madrid and New York.
Claudia Emanuela Coppola- writer, painter and illustrator, theatre director
Born in Milano, 31.08.1966
Living in Milano (ITALY)
GENOVA, SANREMO project 2010 GALLERIA IMMAGINE E COLORE
NEW YORK (Chelsea) project 2010 AGORA GALLERY
PIACENZA project 2010 GALLERIA LA SPADARINA
FIRENZE project 2010 BIENNALE INTERNAZIONALE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
FERRARA in programmazione 2010 GALLERIA DELL’UVA
TAORMINA in programmazione 2010 PALAZZO DUCHI
DENMARK project 2010 GALLERY SIGVARDSON
“NICE THINGS ARE SLOW” ILLUSTRATIVE PROJECT written by Silvia Romani
CANADA illustrations committed by HELEN ELIZABETH DAY http://www.consulteducatetreat.com/about.htm
ROMA 24-30 maggio 2010 Galleria di Roma Via Raffaele Cadorna, 28
PARIS 10 April-10 June GALERIE 64
ROMA 100 Years Art Collection Exhibition of Alfa Romeo- MAY 2010 selected by ILLUSTRATIVE DE Germany
NEW YORK artexpo 25-28 March 2010 WAYLIGHT- Eventos Culturais
LONDON 8 JANUARY-23 FEBRUARY 2010 CAMDEN ART GALLERY
LONDON 5-13 FEBRUARY 2010 GAGLIARDI ART GALLERY
NEW YORK 1-15 DECEMBER 2009 BROADWAY GALLERY, pr C. Kennedy
MILANO 26 SEPTEMBER-9 OCTOBER 2009 GALLERIA ARCHI GALLERY
CHIANCIANO TERME 13-27 SEPTEMBER 2009 BIENNALE presso MUSEO D’ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
FORTE DEI MARMI 20-24 AUGUST 2009 GALLERIA GAUDI MADRID
MADRID JULY- DECEMBER 2009 GALLERIA GAUDI
TAORMINA APRIL 2009 promoter Filistad
MILANO NAC MARCH 2009 GALLERIA IMMAGINI ARTE CREMONA
BUDAPEST DECEMBER 2008 OPERA GALLERY
MILANO 13-16 NOVEMBER 2008 “AAM La Fiera dell’Arte Accessibile” SUPERSTUDIO PIU’
ROMA 5 JULY-31 OCTOBER 2008 GALLERIA ARCH ART & JEWELS
TREVISO 31 MAY-13 JUNE 2008 GALLERIA TREVISI ACCADEMIE
TAORMINA 15-23 MARCH 2008 PALAZZO DUCHI Pasquarte 2008
ROMA-NAPOLI- BENEVENTO 2007 “Arts x world”
ALL AROUND ITALY JULY- SEPTEMBER by TEATRIO, VENEZIA (ITALY)
TAORMINA December 2007 CULTURAL ASSOC. DIONYSOS
LONDON (ENGLAND) October 2007 Marta Maria Dimitrescu, Artoteque
LONDON May 2007 Petru Russu, Art Addiction Medial Museum
AWARD AND PUBLICATION OF NOVEL 2005 “The blue cloak” Editor IBISKOS FLORENCE
AWARD AND PUBLICATION OF NOVEL May 2006 “The three witches” Editor IBISKOS
PUBLICATION OF NOVEL November 2001 “Thoughts” Editor IBISKOS
AWARD AND PUBLICATION NOVEL October 2001 “A desert of snow” Editor IBISKOS
PUBLICATION OF NOVEL September 1991 “The Sigaret” Distribution FELTRINELLI
CHIANCIANO September 2009 GAGLIARDI GALLERY
STAGES AND STUDIES:
ROBERTO INNOCENTI April 2010 MI-MASTERILLUSTRATION (ITALY)
GIANNI DE CONNO October 2006 Associazione Illustratori Milano (ITALY)
ARIANNA PAPINI May 2003 Editor Fatatrac Riccione (ITALY)
AURA CESARI 1999-2000 Editor Mondatori Milano (ITALY)
KIDS ILLUSTRATION 1996-1998 ACCADEMIA DELLO SPETTACOLO Milano
CINEMA DIRECTOR 1993-1994 SCUOLA EUROPEA DI TEATRO E CINEMA Milano
WRITING SCREENPLAY 1992-1993 SCUOLA EUROPEA DI TEATRO E CINEMA
WRITING FOR THEATRE 1989-1990 GIORGIO MARINI THEATRE ACADEMY Milano
WRITING NOVELS 1987-1988 SALVATORE NOCITA EDITOR ZOIOSA Milano
GERMAN INSTITUTE Milano 1970-1985 German 13 years, French 8 years, English 6 years
UNIVERSITY: Foreign Languages
THEATRE DIRECTOR: Written and directed by myself
“Be My Light!” 201-2011 THEATRE- MUSICAL PROJECT
“Virginia” about Virginia Woolf 25 May-2 June 1996 TEATRO DEI FILODRAMMATICI Milano
“Ed è subito sera” 3-13 April 1996 TEATRO OUT OFF Milano
“Il Maestro e Margherita” about M. Bulgakov 19 October-4 November 1994 TEATRO OUT OFF MIlano
reply for success 18-27 May 1995
“Ammam- la processione” 3-12 June 1993 TEATRO OUT OFF Milano
“Under” November 1992 CTS GARIBALDI Milano
Interview by Antonella Iozzo (translation by Claudia E. Coppola) www.bluarte.it
Who is Claudia Emanuela Coppola in and out of the painting?
Claudia is always one in mess-tin... So I feel me, one who always has to learn and that never arrives! But this gives me satisfaction! I don't love those who have “success” without working, studying, without falling down, always with a smile on their lips, like a glue... I seem inflexible?!
Perhaps I am...surely, like my father and the father of my father and back, back to the past of my heart...I have to work, work, work, BUT! There is a but...But never forgiving a caress to someone, never going on in front of tears. Working is ... with the human being, with the people, with their heart, with their efforts, never making a man feeling alone ...that’s why I paint “the soul of the faces”.
The graphic sign, the pictorial gesture, the theatrical action, three expressions to tell other or to tell yourself?
I don't tell a lot of me in my art... or at least, I try to tell the others, often the little ones, those who are alone, the most suffered, the smallest. It always comes to mind "what you will do to the smallest among you, you will have done it to me". And then, then when I feel inside my soul the scratch of their souls, then I create, but always taking care about the colors that must give a dream or the words, in theatre, that must be hopeful.
Where is the meeting point for you?
It’s that world that few want to admit to look for, to look at, because they feel stupid... I believe that meeting point is the glance on eternity, with the special answers to our special and unique wishes and desires.
I want to open this window..., in front of who is afraid of it.
Numerous shows, important recognitions, notable theatrical representations, which do you remember with great satisfaction? And which of them would you not to have done?
Thanks... you are too good with me... I don’t see me really this way.
I remember, with melancholy, the show "Il Maestro e Margherita", written by Bulgakov; a story of love and passion, of sweetness and fears, full of faith. Nobody believed in that history, but me yes!
I remember the evenings... every evening it was raining heavily and all the evenings people stayed out there on the street in front of the theatre Out Off, in Milan, under the rain, hoping to find a place, hoping to see the play. And when there were no more seats, we added benches, then we added pillows and then, then they sat where they wanted, near to the actors and all were so excited! They laughed and they cried, actors and spectators! And. they went out happy!
The dream, the fable, the imagination, they are colors of your life? How would you describe them?
The dream lengthens us... upward, the fable plunges us into our heart and the colors.... the colors as the words, end never! Combinations on combinations, what a miracle!
In your works, do the colors think?
Yes, it’s true, it’s right; they think the cold and they think the heat... of our heart.
If I say metaphor, trip, Art, what do you say?
The art for me is a job and a vocation as all the other jobs and all the other vocations. Job, because it’s effort, rule...getting up soon in the morning, thinking about it also when you go to sleep, when you eat, when you have headache, this is Art. Vocation, because I always think that if each of us had the strength to answer, choosing the work that is also vocation, we would be all best.
You know why I say that the art is a job like another one?! When I start thinking what I have to paint and I become angry with myself, because it doesn't come me nothing... I think about a simple nurse that works in the intensive therapy with children and I immediately start working, without complaining me.
Trip... I hate to travel, but I love to travel with my mind. I like more my world: it has a sweet music and a full silence and colors and faces that I adore... as my last work "Piero" that have changed in "Blue Piero"...I love that child! But he doesn't exist! Who knows from where he has come...
Metaphor. I don’t know... this word remembers me the summer of my fifth grade, I was ten years old... I brought with me to the sea the Eneide, how wonderful!
In your international art experience, what is difference between “making art” in Italy and out of Italy?
Once it was different. we were different... it was beautiful that we were each different from the other, Italian from French, from the Spanish, from the American... now with the globalisation we are all very similar, for me too much.
The only difference that I still feel is in the sensibility to the art in southern Italy...there is still something hidden; The problem is that there is no more something hidden in everyone of us... and so there is no more somethinf to find out! That was that made the difference!
How do you consider the contemporary art?
I don't love the installations, I don't love the artists that want to be crazy, I don't love the folish acts , I don't love the intellectual artworks that people can’t understand... People think to be ignorant, but it’s not so!
People can’t understand because in that artwork there isn’t the heart!
Who is today an overestimated artist?
Here I don't know, really I can’t answer. I cannot judge a person rather than another. I should know him to judge his art. And then, I don't know if it would be correct, too. Why do we respect the painters that are not more living?
When we go to an exhibition...we read their lifes, their dreams, their falls and then we understand that they were like us... and we fall in love with their works!
Your first pictorial work?
Not good...but an open window on my pain; a lost girl in a red forest, a girl throwing a white rose , among the leaves, hoping to have the courage to leave that flower there... A child, Giacomo, that I had to let go.
What do you want about the feelings of your exhibitions’ visitors?
Emotions and hopes.
The show that you want to do?
That organized by a person that really believes in me...perhaps he is already there.
Children, the plants and the flowers, the house, the knickknacks, the memories, the caresses.
Descrive yourself in three adjectives
Violet... as my travelling spirit.
Blue... as my melancholy.
Orange... as my love for all the children, not red. Because red is violent.... orange. The orange is only a caress.