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Francesca Bifulco - Artist


"Problematic Palms"

Featuring new and recent work by Osceola Refetoff, Francesca Bifulco and Andrew K. Thompson

Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot

College of the Desert, Marks Art Center, Palm Desert

November 7 - December 15, 2023

Artist Reception: November 15, 4-6 PM

Meet Wishful, Wicked Painter Francesca Bifulco  by Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly

Francesca Bifulco is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist from the ancient city of Pæstum, Southern Italy. Her work processes personal and collective aspects of the human experience channeling the coexistence of its duality through painting, mixed media, and multimedia. Her immersive collaborative environments interlace sound, video, and performances enhanced by fabrication and lighting design, as integral extensions of her practice. Using an experimental approach to each medium, Bifulco’s visual language plays with scale, textures or the illusion of textures, and effects, reversing and reconfiguring the material through a versatile and innovative implementation of techniques. Her subjects have spanned from crowds and the force of plurality to individuals affected by social media culture, to men playing cards in a conflicted and underrepresented neighborhood of Naples, Italy. In her current series she focuses on three different themes: the sociopolitical awakening in the U.S. with emphasis on the constructs against women, navigating loss through preservation of memory, and reinterpreting the iconic LA palm tree as a symbol of the communal endurance of transplants and immigrants. Her conscious approach to different narratives is permeated with an anthropological perspective running through her overall creative process of exploring, relating, and giving back. Bifulco is the other member of the multidisciplinary artist duo, Card 0 Collective, and the artist ambassador and board member for the LA based-female lead IAC (Immersive Arts Center), a nonprofit organization providing arts programs and workshops to at risk-youth and underserved communities. Her studio is located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.


2011  Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, BA, Set design for Visual and Performing Arts, Rome


2023  Candles Burning in the Wind, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles

2018  Forcella Reigns: The  Men Who Play Cards, supported by IAMLA, ZJU Theater, Los Angeles

2015  Inside Out Of Touch, WAAS Gallery, Dallas

2012  People: Multitude-Solitude, 2-person curated by A. Dusi, ADC Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica​


2023  The Passage, curated by Liz Walsh, Discount Mirrors Gallery, Los Angeles

2023  Where Earth Becomes Aether, curated by J. Jenn/V. Radovanović, Wönzimer, Los Angeles  

2022  Spaceland VI: Requiem, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles 

2022  Fast Forward: The Future Is Equal, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles

2022  Fast Forward: The Future Is Female, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles

2021  Supermoon 8, curated by Liz Walsh x LAST Projects,  Los Angeles

2020  The creative reimagining, (virtual exhibition), MOZAIK Philanthropy, Los Angeles 

2020  Human, Stay Gallery (virtual exhibition), Downey, CA

2020  Supermoon 3, curated by Liz Walsh x LAST Projects, Los Angeles

2017  Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

2016  Play, LAMAG, Los Angeles

2014  WAAS Gallery, Dallas

2013  Atmosfere, Associazione Heart, Vimercate, Italy

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

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

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

2013  Trusted with Altars curated by Rodney Burns, CHURCH, Los Angeles

2012  Limbo, curated by Aja Milan Martin, WAAS Gallery, Dallas

2012  HIBI, curated by Kio Griffith, 605 Project Space by Gallery Lara, Tokyo


2021  MOZAIK Flow Funders in the Arts, juror 

2020  MOZAIK Future Art Award, recipient

2016  LAMAG Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Second Place in Play, City of Los Angeles Juried Group Exhibition


2023  Meet Wishful, Wicked Painter Francesca Bifulco, Interview by Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly

2023  Francesca Bifulco: Candles Burning in the Wind, Interview by Roberto Croci, Hestetika 

2021  Meet Francesca Bifulco, Interview, Shoutout LA

2020  Le vite dei neri contano, lo dicono gli art-ivisti, Interview by Roberto Croci, Il Venerdì, Print media

2019  Meet Francesca Bifulco and Alex Schetter, Thought-Provokers series, Interview, VoyageLA

2018  Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards, Review by Hoyt Hilsman, Riot Material

2018  The Italian Experience, Go LA , by Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly, Print media


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