The magic of velvet: Anna Paola Cibin

After majoring in the art of weaving and design at Istituto d’Arte di Venezia, she studied in London in order to further form her art in Venice and with master glassmakers in Murano.
In 1997, she started her studies on printing on velvet, an experience in which she found her artistic identity.
Raised among fabrics and Venetian art, she turned tradition into works of art: Unique and original works that reinvent the use of ancient powders for dyeing and the production of velvet.
She prints, paints and enriches her tapestries with gold and silver foils, introducing of details made of Murano glass.
One of her collectors: Pierre Rosenberg, Louvre Museum Director

Why Velvet?

Velvet is pure magic that, with glass, amuses in a constant play of colours that appear and disappear depending on the observation point.
Velvet and glass, in their tactile essence, apparently distant and in contradiction, indulged with sensitivity are, instead, close and complementary.


In January 2016 in Florence, for Pitti Uomo, she makes Amaranto, a site-specific installation for Cromia.
In April of the same year, in Milan for ISaloni, with Frilli Gallery, she creates The grace garden.
From 9th May to 30th October, at Lodz in Poland, Nuoto d’aria was selected among three Italian works for the 15th International Triennale of Tapestry at the Central Museum of Textiles.
In Venice, for the garden of Palazzo Venart, she made two permanent installations overlooking the Grand Canal: I Leoni del tempo and The Secret Carnival.


In 2015, she was present at FuoriSalone in Milan with two site-specific installations:
Bianchetti in Foglia d’oro, at the 5VIE district; ALTOmare, in Brera Design District.
For Expo Milano, she crated the installation called Mare Mater, which welcomes the visitors to the exhibition I tesorid’Italia, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, at EATALY Pavilion for Rubelli.
In June, she made the work called Sewing a Velvet World, a site-specific installation for Fashion Tales, an international conference organised by Moda Cult, a centre of studies on fashion and cultural production, at Università Cattolica di Milano.
In October, she made the installation called E lucean le foglie, for Eataly Smeraldo facade in Milan.
In November, the work Mare Mater is again protagonist, this time at Eataly Torino Lingotto.
The work Nuoto d’Aria was selected for Miniartextil Como until 21st June and it was exhibited again from 18th September at Museo del Legno Riva 1920 in Cantù.


In 2014, from June to November, the site-specific installation Nuoto d’aria was placed on the huge glass wall in Venice’s Marco Polo airport that overlooks the lagoon.
In September, she was in Milan for the Vogue Fashion’s Night.


In 2013, as part of Biennale di Venezia, the work No More Room in the Lagoon was installed on the Grand Canal.


In May 2012, she exhibited in Florence for La via dell’imPERFEZIONE at Frilli Gallery and then at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Florence too.

Then, she was selected among ten Italian artists in London for Ten paths to the Future at Imago Art Gallery, and she exhibited together with Graham Rich from the London Fine Art Society in the exhibition Beyond the lagoon to the open sea.


In February 2011, she was in Milan at MyOwnGallery, for MIArtMIniartexil.
During the Biennale di Venezia, she made the installation called Velvet Lagoon Velvet and then, she was invited to Singapore for the Italian Art Celebration and to hold a Workshop at the School of The Art.
In November, the book Velvet Lagoon Velvet was incorporated into the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department permanent library at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.


In 2010, she presented in Venice Marco Polo, la via dell’erotismo in cooperation with Berengo Studio 1989 and she was selected for the twentieth edition of Miniartextil at Como.


In 2009 in Venice, at Palazzo delle Prigioni, she exhibited Arazzi e Bestiario together with master glassmaker Silvano Signoretto.
For Assicurazioni Generali, she created twelve tapestries as a trophy for the winners of Regata Storica (Historical Regatta) in Venice and on commission she made the tapestry that revisited the time-tested Brand of the Generali for president Antoine Bernheim.

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