Barbara Zecchi Artwww.ArtPal.com/barbarazecchi
Barbara Zecchi grew up in Italy, surrounded by art and beauty. Her two grandfathers were artisan artists: Antonio was a Venetian glassmaker, who specialized in the legendary tradition of glassblowing. Many of his filigree stained glass windows (called in Italian "rulli") can be still admired in several Venice countryside villas. Umberto was a renown shoemaker who created futurist designs currently shown at the D'Annunzio Museo in Arezzo, or in The Vittoriale degli italiani of Gardone Riviera. Barbara studied at the Università of Venice and moved to California to do graduate work, specializing in cultural studies and gender studies. She completed her PhD at the University of California Los Angeles. Both in her scholarly publications, and in her creative work (video-graphic essays, paintings, drawings and photographs), she challenges and deconstruct gender stereotypes that are still strongly embedded in our society. Her works have been shown internationally in Italy, Spain, England, Canada and Mexico. Active in Granada, Venice and Massachusetts. Her fascination with Italian futurist art and Venetian glassblowing "rulli" is persistent in her creations.