contemporary art / history of art

Mariela Fornasari

Born in 1985 in Pergamino, Argentina, Mariela first started studies of psychology at the “Universidad Nacional de Rosario” (UNR – National University of Rosario). After one year, in 2005, she changed to the department of fine arts at the same institution. Since she grew up in an artistic atmosphere, due to her musically affected grandparents and an early education in drawing and ceramics, her dedication to visual arts was not surprisingly. Furthermore, she attended the “Escuela Municipal de Estética” (Municipal School of Aesthetics). Through her family’s origins, she owns the citizenship of San Marino, besides the Argentinian. To improve her Italian language skills, she participated in 2010 in the cultural exchange “Soggiorni Culturali” (Cultural Residency) supported by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of San Marino.

From 2009 to 2013 Mariela worked as assistant at the chair of engraving at the UNR, first under Roxana Celman and then under Adrián Del Grosso. Here she was awarded with the third prize of the “Salón de Pequeño Formato”. In 2013, she received the title of a National Professor of Fine Arts with the orientation of engraving. Since 2014, she is working as teacher at the high school “Instituto Superior Gral. José San Martín” in Rosario. Additionally, she is lecturer at the chair of engraving at the UNR. Besides, she gives workshops at the “Escuela de Estética” in Pergamino and at the “Sanatorio Alem” in Rosario. In 2016, she initiated a serigraphy studio at the “Moebius”, a multicultural art space in Rosario.

Together with Ainelén Bertotti Burket, Mariela founded the “Proyecto Quarta Dimensione”, to create three-dimensional installations from two-dimensional prints. Herewith the artists want to attract the observer’s perception to open it for an awareness of a fourth dimension. In 2017, the project was selected for the XI. Florence Biennale. They presented the installation “Self-portrait”, which is our current artwork of the month.

In addition to all her teaching activities, Mariela coordinates the engraving-calligraphy department of the art school “El Punte” in Rosario with Carilona Outon and an annual teaching cycle for entrepreneurial pedagogy at the high school “Escuela de Educación Secundaria Orientada N° 433 Manuel Belgrano”.

Artwork of the month / April 2018