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Artist Biography

Elisa Paganelli was born in Modena (Italy) in 1985. Ever since childhood she could not resist the smell of paper and pencils. She attended the Institute of Art and subsequently graduated from the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin with a degree in illustration. As a post-grad, Elisa worked as art director for a communication agency. However she realized that this wasn’t the life for her, so she decided to set up her own art and design studio. (She also ran a successful design shop for 6 years, but this is another story). She now collaborates with publishers and advertising agencies all over the world.

Elisa devotes most of her time to her passion for images and words. Her day starts with an espresso, meditation and a walk with her dogs along the countryside.

Her world expands and contracts in constant introspective and artistic research, which took her closer over the years to Zen Buddhism and Asian culture, a return to traditional artistic techniques such as linocut printmaking, and a renewed love for artisan shops, paper, wood and fabric. This is a balance between her daily job, and activities that require switching off the laptop and brain, to let flow feelings and recover awareness.


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