Maria Ferrara was born in San Pier Niceto (Messina), she shows ever since a very young age a marked inclination for artistic activities. At present she resides in Rome, after a long permanence abroad, first in Lausanne(Switzerland) and afterwards in London where she attends courses on creative techniques , coming to a passion for painting, by experimenting on the most diverse kinds of material like fabric, ceramic, wood etc… In Rome she attends a School of Art and focuses her activity on figurative painting, having a preference for oil painting. Her works’ collection becomes more and more diverse throughout the years and she matures a predisposition on the use of strong and determined chromatic colours which result in expressive colours and soft pastels. Alfredo M. Barbagallo defined Ferrara’s works, as an example of an “attentive, cultured, technically organized, rich of lyrical and complex shades” type of painting. Her whole work finds favor with the public interest, which leads to her participation in several collective and personal art exhibitions.
Critics involved in her works:
Alfredo M. Barbagallo; Simone Fappanni; Mara Ferloni; Conte Daniele Radini Tedeschi; Lorenzo Fattori; Claudio Lepri; Anna Francesca Biondolillo.
Collective exhibitions in Rome: Biblioteca Federico Borromeo; Lungotevere Mellini; La Vetrina dell’ Arte a San Pietro; Aula Magna Forlanini; Villa Panphili Sala del Museo di Villa Vecchia; Galleria L’ Epireo; Biblioteca Basaglia; Sala dei Congressi Hotel Residenza Monte Mario; Galleria Astrolabio; Scuola Zabaglia; Ex-
Personal exhibitions: Rocca Medievale di Civitavecchia ( Prov. Roma ), Sala Espositiva Comunale Ladispoli ( Prov. Roma ), Chiostro dell’ ex Convento degli Agostiniani Bracciano ( Prov. Roma ); Art Gallery Santa Teresa (Fano).
One of her paintings titled Celestial Misteries (oil painting) is now permanently located in the “Dante Alighieri” Institute of Hong Kong, China.
Two of her paintings, titled “Tramonto sullo stretto” (“Sunset on the strait” oil painting) and “Campagna sienese” (“Siena’s countryside” (oil painting) are permanently located in Cremona’s Gallery. (Italy)
From a first analysis of Maria Ferrara’ s art works, the observer is suddenly struck by the extraordinary and enviable sense of composition of this extremely talented artist. This was also confirmed by a more detailed observation, by reviewing the paintings that were suggested to be permanently exhibited by the “Galleria Immagini” of Cremona. A way of painting that is truly dreamy, so poetically profound and intense to the point that it reaches a quite engaging result; a kind of painting which runs along the lines of imagination, defining natural scenarios with her extremely secure way of expressing herself, as to almost reach a certain sense of “enviability” but nevertheless full of sweetness and serenity. A colour spread without repentances, faultless under the point of view of the yield, dense and soft but at the same time brilliant, through which the painter is able to produce unforeseen and unexpected shades, within which she completely conveys herself and her truly sensitive soul, as the refined and creative artist that she is.”