Martina Vanda is a visual artist working mainly with Drawing, Ceramics and Painting; including Picture books and Video animations

Latest commission : Museo MAXXI of Rome
> Latest publication : The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America


After her studies of literature and languages (English, French and Russian) she studies Illustration at the IED of Rome.
In 2000 she wins a one year scholarship for specialization at the ESAG Phenninguen of Paris.

Her illustrations are presented in the most interesting events related to the world of contemporary illustration :
BIB Biennial of Bratislava 2011 , Bologna Illustrators exhibition 2012 2015 2016, CJBook Corea 2010; XII Biennial BCJEM, BIBF Beijin 2020.

As an author/illustrator she has published picture books in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico and China. “Estela, grita muy fuerte!” sold 150,000 copies and won several prizes.

Since 2012 she directs TunnellingP, an independent publishing label to sell drawings, artprints, picture books, zines, ceramics and notebooks in the bookshops of Contemporary Art Museums such as Museo MAXXI, Museo Macro, Palaexpo, and Printed Matter ink of NY.

She collaborated with Museo MAXXI, ed. Feltrinelli, Agenzia Contrasto, Poste Italiane, Equilibri, Esperia, El Pais, Hamelin among others.

Her ceramics are presented in the showroom of Gervasoni1882, under the direction of Paola Navone.

She works as a visual artist with contemporary art galleries with solo/group shows where she install drawings, paintings and ceramics.

During last pandemic lock down, she has created a series of animations that have been projected in the patio of MAXXI 2020, and have been selected to the MIAMI New Media Felstival 2021.



2000 Illustration degree – IED, Rome, IT

99-2000 Scholarship for specialization – ESAG, Paris, FR

2010 ceramics workshops with Jeff Shapiro


2023 solo / Back To The Fire – art curator Ilari Valbonesi – Fondazione Giorgio De Marchis, 9 June-27 sept, L’Aquila, IT
2022 group / invited artist / 40° Mostra internazionale della ceramica d’arte di Gualdo Tadino, Biennial of Ceramics, IT

2022 Artist Assistant / Franklin Evans Perpetual studio during What a wonderful World – Museo MAXXI, Rome, IT

2022 Contribution / Gianni Berengo Gardin L’occhio come mestiere  – Museo MAXXI; art curator M. Guccione e A. Mauro, Rome, IT

2021 Festival / Alice in Lockdown (animations) – MIAMI Film Festival; Miami, USA

2020 group / The Smile f the Sphinx, art curator Ilari Valbonesi – Collegium Artisticum ; Sarajevo, BiH

2019 solo / Ceramics – Incinque Open art Monti, Dec. Rome, IT

2019 solo / Ceramics II – Incinque Open art Monti, Oct. Rome, IT

2019 solo / Daily News – art curator Valentina Ferrari, Blu Hole art gallery, Rome, IT

2018 solo / It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited Sintra Gallery, Gothemborg, SE

2016 group / Il tè di Alice – Galleria Nuages, Milan, IT

2016 solo / Le Grand Bo – Interno 14, Rome, IT

2016 group / “Illustrators Exhibition” – Bologna Children’s Book Fair, IT

2015 group/ Portafortuna – Spazio Varco arte contemporanea, l’Aquila

2015 solo / Martina Vanda Works – Polarville, l’Aquila

2105 solo / “Ceramics” – Sintra Gallery, Göteborg, SE

2015 solo / Siamo tutti pupi – Teatro Villa Pamphilj Scuderie Villino Corsini, Rome

2015 group / “Illustrators Exhibition” – Bologna Children’s Book Fair, IT

                       (Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan – Otani Memorial Art Museum,

                         Hyogo, Japan – Kawara Museum, Takahama, Japan – Ishikawa Nanao Art           

                         Museum, Nanao, Japan)

2012/2013 group/ La Violenza Illustrata – Casa delle donne Onlus, Bologna, IT/JP

2012 solo/ “Martina Vanda” – Love and Dissent Gallery, Rome

2012 group/ “Le Metamorfosi del Viaggiatore” – Palazzo delle Stelline, Milano

2012 group/ “Illustrators Exhibition” – Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy

                        (Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan – Otani Memorial Art Museum,

                     Hyogo, Japan – Yokkaichi Municipal Museum, Mie, Japan – Ishikawa Nanao  

                       Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan – Nagashima Museum, Nagashima, Japan )

2012 group/ IBBY Italia Silent Auction – Palazzo d’Accorsio, Bologna

2005 group/ BJCEM, Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean

2004 group/ “Iceberg” – Sala Borse, Bologna

2003 group/ “Un certo sguardo”. Fair Piú libri piú liberi, Rome.

2000 solo/ “Ultimo piano” – MANIDOPERA. Cittá di castello, Italy


2021 New Media Film Festival of Miami – “Alice in Lockdown” animation

2019 BIBF Illustrators exhibition – Beijing

2016 Illustrators Exhibition – Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy

2015 Illustrators Exhibition – Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy

2012 Illustrators Exhibition – Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy

2011 selected/ BIB Biennial of Bratislava

2009 selected/ CJ Picture Book Awards, Korea

2009 WINNER/ Premio Qwerty, Spain

2006 Annual Italian Illustrators (ed. Mondadori), Italy

2005 Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM)

2004 mention/ Premio Iceberg, Bolonia


2015 798 International Art Festival of Beijing – Cina

2015 Lecture / “ceramic techniques” – Sintra Gallery and the University of Göteborg, Sweden


 “Adone” Scienze e Lettere, Italy 2015

“Sirene” Scienze e Lettere, Italy 2015

“Ménage à Deux” TunnellingP self editions, Italy 2014; 2019

“El lenguaje de los arboles” editorial Fineo, Mexico 2014

“Les fraises sauvages” Lirabelle editions, France 2014; Orietal Babies & Kids Co., China 2014

“Je m’en vais” TunnellingP , Italy 2013;

“¡Estela, grita muy fuerte!” Editorial Fineo, Spain/Mexico 2008-2019;


2022 – Pirandello Society of America Journal / “Siamo tutti pupi” ; eds. Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka, www.pirandellointranslation.org

2016 – DPI Magazine. Art Quarter vol.13 / featured artist interview – Taiwan

2014 – Décor Casa Facile / article – Italy

2012 – DPI Magazine “Illustrated Ceramics” / featured artist interview – Taiwan

2012 – “Manual para disenadores gràficos” – Ed. Parramon / Manual – Spain

2006 – Manual of italian illustrators – ed Mondadori / Catalogue – Italy

2006 – La Vanguadia – Documental. Spain / article – Spain

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