Francesca Bifulco (b.1986 Paestum) is a native Southern Italian multimedia artist holding a BFA in Visual and Performing Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She studied and worked in set design and special effects makeup for television and cinema under the historic Carboni Studio in Rome. The practice of these different disciplines led her to painting, going from large-scale backdrop canvases to sculptural textured wooden compositions and, most recently, incorporating immersive landscapes which surround the painted works in collaboration with LA sound and digital artist Alex Schetter. In recent years, her work has been focusing on cultural rituals which have sprouted up amidst social conflict, everyday routines that are transitioning or have transitioned into personal or local rituals and – whether or not the participants realize it – have become a beacon of light for a community, especially if that community needs it. Her works have been collected and exhibited from California to Texas and from her homeland of Italy to Japan. Since 2013 she has lived and worked in Los Angeles.

Education

2011 Academy of Fine Arts, BFA, Visual and Performing Arts, Rome, Italy

2009-2011 Carboni Studio, Special Effects Makeup, Rome, Italy

2009 Academy of Costume and Fashion Design, Rome, Italy 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018 ZJU Theater "Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards", Los Angeles, USA 

2018 ZJU Theater "Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards, Test Run", Los Angeles, USA

2015 WAAS Gallery “Inside Out Of Touch” Dallas, TX

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, USA

2016 LAMAG Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center “Play” Los Angeles, USA 

2014 WAAS Gallery “Pop Up” Dallas, TX

2014 JNA Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, USA

2013 Associazione Heart “Atmosfere” Vimercate, Italy

2013 JNA Gallery “Bergamot Station 19th Anniversary Show" Santa Monica, USA

2013 Villa Filippini “Tracce di Contemporaneo” Besana Brianza, Italy

2013 Zona Rossa “I Cantieri Dell'Immaginario” L’Aquila, Italy

2013 Church Gallery “Trusted with Altars” Los Angeles, USA

2012 WAAS Gallery “Limbo” Dallas, USA

2012 Roppongi 605 Project Space by Gallery Lara “HIBI”, Tokyo, Japan

2012 ADC Gallery “People: Multitude-Solitude” Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, USA

 

​Awards

2016 LAMAG Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, "Play" Second Place, City of Los Angeles juried group exhibition

Selected Bibliography

Print Media

Shana Nys Dambrot, "The Italian Experience", Go LA , LA Weekly 

 

Web Publications

VoyageLA, "Meet Francesca Bifulco and Alex Schetter", Thought-Provokers series, Downtown LA collection

http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-francesca-alex-bifulco-schetter/

Hoyt Hilsman, "Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards" Review, Art/Medium, Riot Material

https://www.riotmaterial.com/forcella-reigns-men-play-cards/

Christine N. Ziemba, Arts&Entertainment, Laist

http://www.laist.com/2018/09/04/13_of_the_coolest_events_happening_in_southern_california_this_week.php

 

No Proscenium, Everything Immersive

https://noproscenium.com/la-forcella-reigns-the-men-who-play-cards-remount-634b9e9d697e

 

NoHo Arts District, "Naples Comes to NoHo"

http://nohoartsdistrict.com/north-hollywood-news-noho/item/5927-naples-comes-to-noho

 

Shana Nys Dambrot, Storytelling, "Artist Francesca Bifulco Evokes Napoli in NoHo", LA Weekly

https://www.laweekly.com/arts/artist-francesca-bifulco-evokes-napoli-in-noho-9391031