Vanessa Longo

painter born in 1974



Vanessa Longo was born in Motta Livenza, near Treviso (Italy), in 1974.


At the age of 14, she decided to enroll in art school at the Liceo Artistico Statale in Treviso. Vanessa enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice where she was awarded a scholarship for merit (1994\1995) and the “Erasmus” scholarship for exchange students which she fulfilled at the “Universidad Complutense” of Madrid in 1996. In 1997 she graduated university in sculpture with top marks.


In 1999 Vanessa moved to London where she created a media frenzy by joining art exhibitions and conferences as well as her own personal events, each with much success. In 1999 she won “The Artist Residence Program” and had the chance to work in a sculpture workshop , Kalani Honua Inc.  a  Pahoa – Hawaii.  Afterwards she set up the personal exhibition “Vanessa Longo half-naked and naked bodies ” within the international  event “Tecniche libere” at the “Galleria Modiglioni” in Milan where she was brilliantly  reviewed by judges of the competition at the “Rebecca Hossack” gallery in London.


Between 2000 and 2002 she joined the ”XX Premio Florence” arranged at Palazzo dei Cinquecento painting pavilion in Florence and devised the art exhibition “Enigmas” at Cosmostudio art gallery in Florence.  She was appointed event organizer at the "Kitchen Art Restaurant" at Bagno a Ripoli (FI), as well as at the Art Circle “Labirinta” in Oderzo (TV). In 2003, among other various commitments, she was appointed Art Director at the “Momoyama Art Bistrot” in Florence.


At that time she joined the Free International Artists who had launched an intense artistic and cultural activity fostering values of camaraderie, free thinking and free cultural exchange among artists. Afterwards she became one of the leaders of the cultural circle where she once again took part in “Festival Internacional Lucero del Alba” arranged by “Universidad Tecnològica Tula-Tepeji”; this led to the creation of twenty murals (Hidalgo, Mexico), the international exhibition “La Città Nascosta” set up in 2004  by the association “Tempo Reale” at the  Congress Centre “La Serra” (Ivrea), directed by Alberto Negro (Turin).


Other Significant experiences were:

- “La Ruta de Quetzalcòtl en los Metros del Mundo” at the art gallery “Unidad Iztapalapa” at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México, (Mexico) in 2004;

- International Mural painting “La Ruta de Quetzalcòtl en los Metros del Mundo” at the train station San Lazaro at the Sistema Transporte Colectivo Metro de la Ciudad de México (Mexico);

- International  exhibition “Stracci al Vento” presented in the Botanic Garden of the Science Faculty at the University “Federico II” of Naples by Enzo Marino; the “Fernando Santi Istitute” and the Free International Artists, within the “Maggio dei Monumenti” in Naples, in 2005;

- International art exhibition “Homenaje al Dr. Miguel León Postilla” with works inspired by “15 poetas del mundo Náhuatl” and “Visión de los Vencidos”, displayed at the “Galería del Colegio Nacional” in October 2005.  Afterwards they were exhibited at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa, the  Estación Hidalgo del Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro, and at the  Casas de Cultura or Galerías de las Delegaciones del Distrito Federal at the Consejos Estatales para la Cultura y las Artes in the central district of the Repúblic;


She joined the “VI. Women’s International Conference 2005” in Graz (Austria) under the artistic leadership of Christine Kertz, an event cherished by the cultural circle “Esmeralda”, founded by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and by the Art Gallery “Menache” in Mexico City.  The event was followed by the international exhibition “Woman and Migration” at the Kunsterhaus  in Graz.


In December 2009 she was awarded a grant and did her master’s degree in Art Management and wins a special award from the jury of  “Socété Nationale des Beaux Arts” at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.


In 2010, she won a scholarship grant and took part to the Master “art managment” realized by  the Firenze’s province, curated by the University of Florence, Faculty of letters.

In 2013, she moved to New York and won the contest to exhibit at 'NO SPHERE Arts’. Vanessa currently lives in Florence and exhibits  in New York.


Vanessa Longo is acknowledged in several catalogs and yearbooks, and her works are housed by private and public collections.




Performing as both artist and craftsman, I combine a method of quick-painting on copper plate with nailing on rescued wood tables to create female figures like goddesses of war.


My materials are all recycled. My sketches are born spontaneously and are then shaped. I work in two distinct phases – painting embodies the spontaneous, and I live this creative moment with great intensity.  But the finished works are the realization of a complete project, and the preparation of the tables follows the outline of the original design.  My inspiration comes from animals and monsters of the fantastic realm, often from medieval bestiaries. I began  my research  in Italy, where one finds many links with the Middle Ages.


My compositions are emotionally dynamic: inside they breathe a medieval style; mythological and religious figures are paganized  through beasts of Medieval imaginary realm: dragons, gargoyles. In recent years my career has evolved in a different way, the  women I represent are not set anymore against a foe, but they  penetrate it:  the results are figures with female bodies and  animal heads. In the background, small insects invade the entire compositional space, complicating the relation between space and subject. These insects are  often drawn in stationary positions and are copied endlessly, as if they were made mechanically.


Vanessa Longo




2018 - Group show - CreArte Studio - Ordezo (Italy)


2017- The painting "More human than you, man" is part of the permanent collection of the Xu Cun International Art Commune Museum (Shang Xi province near Beijing).



2017 -  Wins the contest to be the ltalian representative at “The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu”, China.


2017 -  Wins the contest to be the ltalian representative at "Sacred Homeland", the fourth He Shun International Art Festival, He Shun, Shan Xi, China. Supported by: Government of He Shun County Shan Xi Province


2015/17 -  Vanessa exhibiths at Visio dell'arte gallery. 522 west, 23 st, Chelsea. New York (Gallery listed among the 20 best in New York city by "time out" magazine, May and October 2016)


2016 -  Vanessa takes part at Mothership NYC residence program: international artists’ collective and live/work space located in Greenpoint,Brooklyn, New York City


2014 -  Vanessa exhibiths at Visio dell'arte gallery. 13 rue de Miromesnil, Paris


2014  -  Wins the contest to exhibit at “3 Years + 3 Days, NOoSPHERE Arts’ 3rd


Anniversary Show”.  NOoSPHERE Arts. 251 East Houston Street, Manhattan. New York, NY 10002


2013  -  Wins the contest and takes part to the exhibition at “Greenpoint art gallery”, 390


Mc.Guinness Blvd, New York.


2013    - Takes part to the first Biennal of mural painting in Argentina “Bienal Internacional Miramar”, Aprile  Miramar, Argentina


2012  -  Takes part at X bienal de pintura mural “inter-noS”, 5th-27th January 2012, Santiago de Cuba.


2011   - Takes part at the Art Festival in Hebden Bridge from 25th of June to 7th of July.


2011   - Takes part at Art exhibition in  Pavia Santa Maria Gualtieri,


Vittoria’s Square.


2010   - Takes part at art exhibition “ad Maiora!” at Palazzo Ferdinando di


/2011     Savoia, via Castro Pretorio 5, Roma.


2010   - Takes part at art exhibition “Il Nudo” at art gallery“11 Dreams” , via Rinarolo 11c   15057, Tortona (AL). Cured by Sofia Sicula.


2010   - Takes part at  “ suoni e luci del Piemonte in Egitto”, in Damanhour, Egipt. Cured by International Association Cleopatra and Alma Star Association, and by regione Piemonte.


2010 -Wins the contest “L’arte in fondo” to exhibit in Anghiari (AR).


2010   -  Personal Exhibition at Sarteano Castle


2010  - Wins a scholarship grant and takes part to Master “art management” realized by  Firenze’s province, cured by Le-Man, Firenze


2009   -   Wins a special prize from the jury of “Nationale des Beaux Arts” at the Carrousel du  Louvre. Paris.


2009   - Permanent exhibition at the art gallery Tornabuoni. Borgo San Jacopo  Firenze.  Italy


2008  -  Art exhibition at “Fine Arts Cove”, via dè Benci, 50122, Firenze. Italy. 2007  -  Art exhibition at “Fine Arts Cove”, via dè Benci, 50122, Firenze. Italy.


2006 - Takes part at “London Biennale”, Stables Gallery Orlean’s Haouse -  London                    


2006 - International exhibition at the art gallery "Schloß Lendava" in Slovenia.


2006   - International exhibition at the art gallery "Schloß  Batthàny  Körmend" in  Ungheria            


2006  - International art exhibition “Folate iridescenti” at monumental complex Villa Doria d’Angri in Naples


2005   - International art exhibition at “Lerchhaus”, Eibiswald/South 2005   - Art exhibition at “Fine Arts Cove”, via dè Benci, 50122, Firenze. Italy.


2005  - International art exhibition “Homenaje al Dr. Miguel León Portilla” at: the “Galería  del Colegio Nacional, Mexico City, México then subsequently, between 2005 and 2006, at:


- Unidad Iztapalapa  Gallery at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City.


- Culture Houses and Galleries of the Federal District Delegations, Tepeij Mexico.


- Hidalgo Station , System of Collective Traport Meter, Mexico City.


- State Councils for the Culture and the Arts of Republic area center that which is made up of ten States. Mexico.


2005  - International exhibition" Stracci al Vento" - Botanical Garden of the Science Faculty at university of studies of Naples" Federico II." Naples (Italy).


   -   2005  -  “VI. Women’s International Conference 2005”  Kunsterhaus –Graz  (Austria).




2005 - “L’arte di Vanessa Longo” art Gallery ”Bomboniere” – Sanremo (Italia).  


2004  -  International art exhibition" Città nascosta" Room Dome of the Congress Center " La Serra" in Ivrea  (Italia) -  -


2004 - "International festival Lucero del Alba" - Universidad Tecnològica Tula-Tepeji. (México) (realization of a mural).


2004 - “La Ruta de Quetzalcòtl en los Metros del Mundo” . Station San Lazaro of the System of  Collective Transports Meter in Mexico City. (Mexico).




2004  - “La Ruta de Quetzalcòtl en los Metros del Mundo” - Unidad Iztapalapa Gallery at Autonoma Metropolitana University in México City (México)..




2003  -  “Artisti in Fiera”  - stand 53-55. Parma (Italy).


2003 -  “Vanessa Longo, opere recenti”  personal exihibition at the art space “ La Casa 139”, Milan (Italy)


2003  -  "Festa dell’Arte varia" at the Centro Fiere in Reggio Emilia (Italy).


2002 -   XX Premio Firenze, (selected for " Painting Section " to exhibit at Palazzo dei 500 in Florence) (Italy).


2002  -  ”ENIGMI” personal exhibition at the art gallery “Cosmostudio”, Firenze (Italy).


1999 -  Wins the entry competition for a month workshop" The Artist Residence Program" in a Hawaiian residence for artists Kalani Honua Inc - Pahoa, (Hawaii)


1999  -  "Vanessa Longo Seminudi e Nudi" personal exhibition at the art gallery  Modigliani – Milan (Italy)


1999  -  Competition at the art gallery "Rebecca Hossack" -  London (G B)


1999 - Permanent exhibition "Longo Vanessa "at "Villa Morosini", Ponte di Piave(TV) (Italy)






2005 - “Homenaje al Dr. Miguel León Postilla”- UTTT – Tula (México)


2005 - “Stracci al Vento” –Fernando Santi Institute– Naples (Italy)


2005 - “woman and migration” – WIC – Graz (Austria)


2004 - “Città nascosta". TempoReale. Turin (Italy)


2004 - “La Ruta de Quetzalcòtl en los Metros del Mundo” - UTTT – Tula (México)


2003 - “Artisti in Fiera” – Cultural events– Parma (Italy)


2002 - “XX PREMIO FIRENZE” – Electa –Florence (Italy)






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