With a past as a refined collector, Daniela Forcella studied and perfected her style at drawing courses with the master and artist Italo Chiodi at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, immediately showing a strong inclination for Pop Art and, in particular, the theme of “repetition”. Her first works, a multitude of hearts in polychrome resins hanging over the carcasses of old bed frames, enclosed in large transparent display cases, were so laden with symbolic power that, in one of his articles, the New York critic Alan Jones defined her as the “queen of hearts”, comparing the heart to the supermarket products celebrated by Andy Warhol.
She was present with one of her works at the inauguration of the first Italian design museum, the Triennale Design Museum, and exhibited at Art Basel (Switzerland) and the Design District in Miami, (Florida)
She is also part of the permanent exhibition at the Museo Verticale of the Palazzo Lombardia – Region of Lombardy in Milan, exhibited at the San Giorgio Gallery in the Palazzo Gargantini in Lugano (Switzerland), and presented a personal monographic exhibition at the Villa Reale in Monza and at the Palazzo d’Artista, the permanent art collection of Banca Mediolanum Private Banking at the headquarters in Padua. In 2017, following a year of intense research into and revival of the most intimate themes, Daniela Forcella exhibited The Traveller at the ‘Black Light Art ‒ La luce che colora il buio’ exhibition upon the invitation of its curators, the architect Gisella Gellini and Mario Agrifoglio. The show was sponsored by the School of Design at the Politecnico di Milano and the Accademia di Brera and was held at Palazzo Lombardia, the Region of Lombardy’s exhibition space in Milan.
The emotive power of the work, enhanced by its large dimensions, led to such public acclaim that the artist was chosen to present her entire Cartografie cycle, of which this work forms part, in the Armenian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Many of her works are in private collections in Italy and abroad.
Types, concepts and cross-cutting interpretations of elements have now led to research into materials through light as a medium of reference, and particularly black light, an uncommon instrument for experimenting with a more intimist language that is just as symbolic if interpreted with the aid of cartography.
Daniela Forcella In Viaggio, the monograph edited by Viviana Lavinia Algeri, was published by Peruzzo Industrie Grafiche in 2018. Its unique characteristics led to it being selected at ‘Oggetto Libro / Book Object’, the third International Festival of Artist’s Books and Book Design promoted by the Pinacoteca di Brera, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Mediateca Santa Teresa and AIAP, with the patronage of Mibac, Comune di Milano and ADI.
The event established by Susanna Vallebone received an Honourable Mention in the Compasso d’Oro 2018.
Daniela Forcella lives and works in Milan.