Born and raised in Rome, Monica Pirone studied at the Liceo Artistico (art school) and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, specializing in scenography. During her studies, she collaborated with experimental and underground theatrical productions in Rome.
She was for 4 years, the assistant of architect Alfredo Galbani, with whom she realized projects for the FIFA World Cup 1990, held in Italy. After her graduation she worked for Italian Public Television (Rai) for ten years, collaborating on the realization of variety shows, talk shows, and tv series, among other things she did two editions of the Festival di Sanremo.
She later began working in film and in the design of conventions and musical events. Particularly, she worked in Ermanno Olmi’s films, international productions by Mikado Film and Warner Bros Italy. Moreover, she designed the scenes of Frank Sinatra’s last concert in Italy.
In 2002, she founded a school of painting in the province of Rome that involved children and adults, working for 7 years on popularizing art outside the big city.
In 2011, she graduated again from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, specializing in painting and video installation, aiming to focus on visual arts.
Video, painting, performance, installation, and poetry, are tools to address themes that the artist considers important, especially social issues such as the condition of women; migrations; female identity; the value of memory, etc.
In 2012 she won Il Ventaglio del Presidente award, a prize organized at the Italian Senate by the Association of Journalists. One of her works was selected for an exhibition in the Italian Parliament in 2013.
For about 4 years, between 2015 and 2019, Monica Pirone practiced graffiti art in support of civil causes. She worked in the suburbs of Rome, with the Casa Internazionale della Donna, an important feminist cultural center, with the juvenile prison of Rome, and many schools.
She taught painting and participated in programs of art therapy at the Casa Internazionale della Donna, Centro Maree, for the rehabilitation of women victims of violence. She collaborated with the juvenile prison of Casal del Marmo and with the Macondo Center, realizing a mural that ended with the performance Abbracci, involving hundreds of people. She taught painting and graffiti art in public schools in special courses for unaccompanied minors. She taught graffiti art application and theory of art in art schools. She has been a guest and has lectured at the University of Rome – La Sapienza in a class of Anthropology of Art, Department of Communication. She has been assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome for about two years.
She is the founder of Officinenove – studio-gallery, where she curated many exhibitions of Italian and foreign artists. Among them, the Mexican artist Elina Chauvet, author of “Zapatos Rojos” (Red Shoes), with whom she has been collaborating since 2017.
A 2019 publication by Bordeaux Publishing, titled “Make Soul”, analyzes her art and summarizes a part of her career.
La Galleria Nazionale in Rome has recently acquired in its archive documents related to her 2020 performance “Quarantine”. Her works are included in the archives at the Mart Museum in Rovereto, Gam in Rome, Italian Senate.
Since 2018 she has been working in a collective project with Sergio Angeli, under the name 4HANDS. These collective works create a surprising experiment of artistic anthropology. The performative part is dominant, while their themes are dream and informal abstract painting.
“It doesn’t matter how to tell something, but what you want to tell”, this idea is pushing the artist to use a wide range of artistic languages.