Laura Fantini is a contemporay artist best known for her life-size hyper-realistic colored pencil still life. Her artwork is defined by strong contrast values and highly theatrical compositions with dramatic lighting and abstract symbolic backgrounds. She was born in Bologna, Italy and graduated from the Liceo Artistico and Academy of Fine Arts of her hometown. In 1985 she won the first place Award in the Premio Culturale Panta Rei, Bologna. Her first group show took place in Modena, Italy in 1992. Since then Fantini’s art has been exhibited internationally and has been widely published and documented. After graduating, she worked on commercial illustrations and taught workshops on colored pencil technique at the University Primo Levi in Bologna. In 1998 she had one of her colored pencil artwork featured in the M.E.I.N. Newsletter, published in California and internationally distributed. In 2000 she was invited to participate to a charity auction at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. In 2001 she exhibited for the first time in the US in Soho, New York. In 2002 and 2003, she was selected for “Premio Arte” promoted by Arte, a Mondadori’s publication, and she was included into the group exhibition “Proposte” at the Galleria Forni in Bologna. In 2003 she also had her first solo exhibition. From 2005 through 2009 she donated some of her paintings to the Fall Auction/Party to benefit the New York based non-profit organization Big Apple Greeter.
Since 2004 she has started collaborating with the Object Image Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008 she was selected by “Profilo d’Arte” – Banca Profilo among the most interesting emerging Italian artists and exhibited at the Museo della Permanente in Milan. She continues exhibiting between Italy and New York. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She has recently been awarded 1st Prize during the “First Annual Sylvia Glesmann Floral Exhibition”, at The Salmagundi Club in New York and received an Honorable Mention at Gallery 364 in Brooklyn.