Vicenza, 1979

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Marika Vicari has always sung the grace of trees. His paintings tell us of woods that, while never yielding to the easy aesthetic temptation of the fable, have intact the dreamlike scope. They are possible woods, but not real. Fruit of a stratification of memories and emotions, archetype of what in our mind is formed by the word "forest". Marika Vicari creates compositions determined by whites and blacks, with monochromatic watercolor intervals, aimed at evoking memories and memories of lived landscapes. The horizons are suspended, the details interrupted and the precision remains at times hinted at but close to decay. Its forests and trees become a necessary metaphor for our existence.

She was born in Vicenza (Italy) in 1979. After graduating in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in 2003, she then graduated in 2005 in Design and Production of Visual Arts at the Faculty of Design and Arts at the Venice University of Architecture. She has studied and worked on site-specific projects with international artists, curators and photographers including: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lewis Baltz, Mona Hatoum, Antoni Muntadas, Antonio Arevalo, Armin Linke, Cesare Pietroiusti and Angela Vettese. Since 2000 she has exhibited in various solo and group shows in Europe, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and China. Her works are permanently exhibited in public and private collections in Europe, Canada, USA and United Arab Emirates. For years her works have been presented at Art Fairs in Europe and Canada. She paints and draws small and big artworks made of graphite on paper or board. The subjects of her works are filiform trees suspended in indefinite and dreamy mountain landscapes. Her technique, which is constantly evolving, has involved the production of works on poplar boards while, starting from 2019, she began experimenting on cotton paper with an increasing watercolour presence. This new medium adds grace to the forests she portrays by feeding the metaphor with the human being and its fragility, transience. Since 2005 she is independent curator and Creative Director of ART STAYS, the International Festival of Contemporary art held in Ptuj, Slovenia. She lives and works in Creazzo (Vicenza).