Francesca Gagliardi was born in Novara, (Italy), in 1972. She lives
and works in Ameno. Graduated in Illustration from the European Institute of Design, Milan and in Plastic-Arts from the Fine-Arts Academy, Brera, she improved herself in engraving at the University of Ghent in Belgium and at the University of Complutense in Madrid.
Francesca Gagliardi, as a plastic artist, has focused her work on femininity ambivalence, using female objects such as lace or lipsticks that she transposes in materials and patterns, usually associated with the art of war (iron or bronze, bullets, spears, helmets).
Her works named “Necklace”, “Bullets”, “Cartucerra”, “Home”, “Spear”, “Spears heads” and “Helmet”, illustrate her researches on the paradoxical female seduction. The objects swing from one field to the other: exposed to a dreadful daily life, these seduction weapons become defensive ones. Through “The Art of war”, the artist shows the drifts of a society of appearances, where the art of make-up and the art of war are very much alike.