Born in Bibbona – Livorno, Tuscany (Italy), where she lives and works.
Recent personal exhibitions: Sala Albertina – Novara, City Gallery – Arezzo, Marmo di Carrara Public Museum, Villa Bottini – Lucca, Torre dei Signori di S:Orso – Aosta then again Avellino, Naples, Conegliano Veneto (tv), Turin, Florence, Nola (na), Rieti and Rome.
Recent collective exhibitions: Palazzo Marcotulli – Rieti; Nice – France, Espace Art Foire de Nice; MAGI – Pieve di Cento (bo); Ham Roten Hof Gallery, “Made in Italy” Vienna – Austria; Malaspina Castle “L’Arte nell’Arte” - Massa; Innsbruck – Austria, Arte Expo, With the Gallery Reartuno of Brescia.
2005 - the first prize of Concorso Artedonna in Ceciana (ltaly)
2007 - one of the finalists of Premio Mondadori (artwork “Soli”)
2009 - the Bibbona Prize
2010 - one of the finalists of Premio Mondadori (“Mai più messaggi in bottiglia”)
Some artist’s items are placed in permanent exhibitions at:
Reartuno Studio – Brescia;
In Villa – Castiglioncello ;
Mecurio Arte Contemporanea – Viareggio;
Minima – Roma;
Emmediarte – Milano;
Storello – Ponerolo;
Studio 7. It – Rieti.
Pictorical transformations to the ends of reality
To interpret reality in all of its forms, to bring to the surface that most secret, intimate part of daily life, to use lines sharply defined by intense colors these are the basis of Daniela Caciagli’s pictorial language. This is an art born of a great passion for drawing and for color, which develops over the years, through experiments in new chromatic techniques that leads the artist to her own original style of oil & acrylic painting in which people become the true source of inspiration. She stops the fleeting moment by distilling passing emotions into light and colors sometimes dwelling on a detail, other times describing typical moments from daily life such as a walk outside, reading a book or a day at the market. The artist bequeaths us the immediacy of life and its moments in all their incompleteness, thus giving us the opportunity to become the “protagonist” of the scene. The white surfaces, faces barely hinted at or even inexistent, become the support for fantasy and imagination, where shadows and transparencies help the spectator to de-construct a previously experienced place of situation. The artist relies on a style of painting, austere in form but rich in eloquence and signification, in which the intimacy of the scene is represented as a “still” which captures the moment at its most authentic and unique. Through her imagination, details of day to day life come to light, fragments of a story discovered by accident and retold with the eyes of someone who wishes to interpret a past that thanks to the artist’s decisive and strong pictorial language, can continue to exist and to go on telling its tale.
The pictorial naturalism in the work of Daniela Caciagli melts and blends through her use of materials, creating and constantly shifting reality, almost surreal when its reliance on truth becomes the beginning of an imaginary itinerary which crosses familiar borders.
An “other” reality is presented to the viewer, a vision which doesn’t correspond to truth but instead to a new interpretation of a which we generally see and experience in a rush. Today Daniela Caciagli’s paintings reveal a strong social message in which the artist questions the true awareness which exist in daily gestures, in the clothing we wear, in our possession, in the persons we speak with or simply in the feeling of solitude in a crowded place.
Her artistic activity is characterized by a continuous research of new variables in which the visible becomes invisible, thus investing familiar experiences with new meanings. This is achieved by depicting the stories of strangers as if they were her stories, highlighting some details whilst leaving others in the shadows; she renders possible the impossible.
Daniela Caciagli’s ability to depict society in a personal and heartfelt manner, in which emotion becomes color, color becomes form, is what brings her work to that border state between the essential and the superfluous, between narrative and poetry.
Chiara di Cesare