Maria Rebecca Ballestra was born in 1974 in Italy, where she studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Florence. The visual artist focuses in her work on reprocessing and resetting social, political and environmental themes and on synthesizing ethno-cultural codes, investigated during journeys and several artist residencies program all around the world, among which Signal Fire (USA), Cambridge Sustainable Residency (UK), Transnational Culture (Brazil) Sunhoo Industrial Design Innovation Park (China), Sowing Seed (India), Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan), just to name a few.
Next to photography and installations, site specific operations, performances and video Maria Rebecca Ballestra produces trans-disciplinary projects, which emphasize environmental and social aspects; like in the two-year long project Journey into Fragility (2012-14): this art production was oriented towards the perception of the future in relation to climate change and multiple human interventions in the natural environment and sense of insecurity and anxiety that characterizes this new millennium. With Journey into Fragility Maria Rebecca has developed twelve projects in twelve different places around the world aiming to build a constructive dialogue on the environment and the value of living on Earth. After travelling through four continents, the project was concluded with an installation in Venice during the 56° Venice Biennale, and with several exhibitions, lectures and workshops in Europe and USA.
Maria Rebecca Ballestra was awarded with several international prizes in Europe, Asia and USA and she held lectures and participated at symposiums at Boston University (USA), Maraya Art Center (UAE); University of Hull (UK), Xiamen University (China), PROG Zentrum (Switzerland), University of Genoa (Italy), Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan).
Ballestra’s art works are showcased in international venues, group and personal exhibitions, museums, galleries and art fairs and are part of public and private collections