Franca Settembrini

Franca Settembrini was born in 1947 in Florence. She has been hospitalized into Florentine psychiatric hospital at 11 years old. Since 1976 she has been attending the art laboratory La Tinaia, painting with a lot of energy but in a discontinued way. She stops painting in 1986 when she moves out of Florence. In 1991 she enters into Castiglione delle Stiviere judicial psychiatric hospital for a small theft. There she goes back painting attending the artistic atelier for five years. Then she goes back to Florence and again to La Tinaia.

Franca pictures her feminine universe of little girls and singers, young longhaired women with penetrating eyes and long and sharp fingers. There are also shining suns, very colored birds, angels, brides with veil and diadems. She died in 2003.

Selected exhibitions

2021 – “Vedi tu quello che vedo io?”, Maroncelli 12 Gallery, Milan

2018 – “The F factor. Femininity, frailty, force”, Maroncelli 12 Gallery, Milan

2015 – Furtive and wild like a deer. Masterpiece of Italian Irregular Art”, Maroncelli 12 Gallery, Milan

2015 – Outsider Art Fair, represented by Maroncelli 12 Gallery, Paris

2007 – Beautes Insensées” , curated by Bianca Tosatti, Salle dExpo du Quai Antoine , Monaco

2006 – Oltre la ragione”, curated by Bianca Tosatti, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo

1998 – Solo exhibition, Art en Marge, Bruxelles


Selected collections

Collection de l’Art Brut, Losanna

Casa dell’Art Brut, Mairano di Casteggio (Pavia)