Barbara Pietrasanta was born in Milan and got a degree in sculpture at Accademy of Fine Art of Brera.
In 1984 she moved to New York where she began work on her personal art project, stimulated by visiting and living in this multi-racial city with all the contradictions of its social fabric. Following that she set up the Anyway Advertising Agency in Milan and is still its Creative Director today.
She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Pula, Barcelona, New Delhi, Mumbay, Kolkata, Jaipur, Milan, Rome, Turin, Parma and many other Italian cities. Main exhibitions: “Cross Polynations” Teatro dal Verme (Milan), Villa Ghirlanda, (Cinisello Balsamo-MI), Stendhal Gallery, Ambassador Gallery and Marconi Institute (New York), Frank V.De Bellis Collection (San Francisco), Artissima (Torino), Italian Institute of Culture of New Delhi and Zagabria, Ist. Dante Alighieri (Dubrovnik), Cvainer Gallery (Pola), Jaipur International Festival (India), Visual Art Gallery e Arpana Gallery (Delhi), Habiart Art Centre, Kolkata. Barbara has realized several artistic installations for National Exposition as Pitti in Florence. She has painted frescos in USA using an original technique as well as murals in many public buildings and was invited by Christie’s to do a Charity contemporary art installation ‘Red Windows’, with other famous international artists. She was also invited by Unicef to take part of a group show in New York for the “Save the planet” initiative. Barbara has created a “Via Crucis” by fresco for the Sacra Famiglia Church in Cinisello Balsamo, Milan and a riproduction of it in Parroquia Jesús Divino Maestro, Huacho Perù.
One of his works is actually in the collection of Permanente’s Museum of Milan. Two of her paintings are in the artistic heritage of the Milan Provincial Council and one of her scultures is part of “Farnesina’s Collection” in and in the permanent exhibition at M.I.M.A.C. (International Museum of Marian Arts), in Mud Messina and in the Museum of Tricase (Lecce). Several times she has been member of Artistic Commission of the Fine Arts Society La Permanente in Milan. She has been teaching Art Direction at Istituto Europeo di Design, she is actually teacher of Visual Design at Civic School of Cinema “Luchino Visconti” in Milan and she teach Communication Design cooperates with Politecnico University of Milan and she teaches “Advertising Design” at ZhongGuan Vocational Training School of Shanghai, China and cooperate with the School of Foundation Italy-China. From 2014 to 2018 he held the position of Vice President of Foundation Triennale Design Museum Milano and she is actually member of board of Fundation Achille Castiglioni and artist Board member of Institute for the fine arts and exhibition Permanente ofMilan.
She has published with Lupetti editions the book “L’ideogramma al neon. Advertising, comunication e lifestyle in China”.
In 2017 she was appointed Ambassador for the “Italian Design” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage with destination Egypt and in 2018 with destination Shenzhen and South China.
In 2017 she represented Italy in the “XVI Italian Language Week” in Cairo, Egypt.
She held Design lectures aat the University of Helwan and at the University of Ain Shams in Cairo, Egypt and at the University of Communication and Journalism of Xiamen, China.
In the 2018 edition she was Member of Jury of the International Global Design Award of Shenzhen, China.
Critics that wrote about: Francesco Poli, Michele Bonuomo, Paolo Manazza, Rolando Bellini, Patrizia Raveggi, Alka Pande, Eleonora Fiorani, Dorino Iemmi, Anna Maria Torelli, Carlo Franza, Dario Rivarossa.