Silvana Martignoni


Silvana Martignoni was born in Busto Arsizio. She attended the Art High School and the Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Milan), in 1980, with her final thesis on the “visionary” poet and engraver William Blake. Later she specialized in engraving techniques in Urbino. In the early years of her artistic activity she focused on the purest engraving techniques (drypoint, mezzotint, etching). She immediately undertook research on plant form, expressed with contemporary attention. Her prints represent transfigured icons, the Read more... result of experiences in nature observed and of abstraction that are mixed in the persistence of memory. She has a passion for mezzotint, an ancient technique that lends itself to her design, subtle, strong and decisive , enriched in tonal values ​​close to painting. Recently Silvana comes into contact with the world of the “ex libris”, which she appreciates for its historical, literary and poetic content. She regularly participates in the most important international events on engraving. The main awards obtained: 1983 “ XXII Joan Mirò International Drawing Award”, Barcelona: Grand Prix. 2013 “Ju Qi Cup” The 1st International Prints & Exlibris EXPO ”  Shanghai: Bronze prize. 2014 “7° Concorso Internazionale ex libris “Biblioteca di Bodio Lomnago”,Varese: 3e prix . 2016 “2nd Jogja International Miniprint Biennale (JMB) 2016” Yogyakarta: ”Exellence work”. 2016 “4th Guangzhou International Exlibris and Mini - Prints Biennial 2016”: “Excellent Mini – Prints” “Excellent Exlibris”. 2017 “International Competition “The Jungle book…”, Bosia, Italie: 2nd price. 2018 “9° Concorso Internazionale ex libris “Biblioteca di Bodio Lomnago”,Varese,: 1st prize. 2018 “9th International Exlibris and Small Graphic Art Competition: 2nd prize. 2018 “3rd Jogja International Miniprint Biennale ” Yogyakarta: ”Exellence work”.

Skills: mezzotint