Erica Calardo (Genoa, 1980) is a figurative painter living and working in Bologna, Italy.
Her works in oils, watercolors, and pencils are on the solitude of lost souls. She explores the realm of Beauty, Grotesque, Magic, by eery create oneiric feminine figures who tell tales of long forgotten dreams, of an imaginary timeless past.
Deeply rooted in the Italian Tradition, Leonardo da Vinci, Bronzino, and Lavinia Fontana above all. She is mostly self-taught and has learned her skills. She has recently studied academic painting with Italian master Roberto Ferri.
Since 2010, she has showcased her work in galleries in Italy (Bizzarro World, Studio21), and abroad (La Luz de Jesus - LA, Auguste Clown - Australia, Modern Eden, Swoon, Flower Pepper, WWA, and Spoke Art, Distinction - USA, Pinkzeppelin - Berlin among others). Erica's paintings have appeared in several magazines and books, like Miroir Magazine, Beautiful Bizarre, The Manifesto, Inside Art, Italian Pop Surrealism, Illustrati