Erica Calardo is a painter and modal logician based in Bologna, Italy.
Her works in oils, watercolors, and pencils are windows on the solitude of lost souls. She explores the realm of Beauty, Grotesque, Magic, by creating eery oneiric feminine figures who tell tales of long forgotten dreams, of an imaginary timeless past.
Erica's technique is strongly influenced by Italian old masters, especially the Mannerists and the Baroque female school from Bologna. She is self-taught and has learned her skills from books written in the Renaissance and Baroque era. She counts as her masters Leonardo, Lavinia Fontana, Bronzino.
Since 2010, she has showcased her work in galleries in Italy (Mondo Bizzarro, Studio21), and abroad (Auguste Clown - Australia, Modern Eden- USA, Swoon Gallery - USA, Flower Pepper - USA, among others). Her work will be soon showcased at WWA Gallery and Spoke Art Gallery (USA). Erica's paintings have appeared in several magazines and books, like Miroir Magazine, Il Manifesto, Inside Art, Italian Pop Surrealism, Illustrati.
Besides painting, Erica is currently a post doctoral fellow at the University of Bologna, conducting her research in modal logic. She has a degree in Philosphy and a Ph.D. in mathematical logic. She has recently curated Ania Tomicka's first solo show at Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Italy.
Erica is in love with ancient castles, old christmas postcards, memento mori from the Victorian Age, logic, history of art, four poster beds, baroque clothing, fairytales, mirrors, harpsichords, ghost stories, and punk rock.
Modern Eden Gallery presents Golden, an art show inspired by gold and featuring works that go beyond the mere material application to embody the cultural and historical implications of what is ‘golden’.
Throughout history—from the gilded palaces and monuments of the ancient world to the golden Baroque-style halls of Versailles—gold has been used to symbolize power, wealth, and prosperity. The lust for gold has inspired centuries of westward migration in search of lost cities of gold, roads paved with gold, and river valleys full of gold. Artists and craftsmen have used gold for thousands of years to engender status and to decorate gods and noblemen alike. Today in popular culture, gold is still a symbol used to represent the fabulous and fancy.