Curriculum vitae

Roberta Semeraro graduated with honor in contemporary art at La Sapienza University in Rome in 1991.

She spent a lot of time traveling and living abroad, in Australia, Africa, South America, Japan, China, India, Indonesia and Europe.

In 1999 she dedicated herself as an art historian to the organization of cultural trips founding the brand "Art & Travel" and collaborated with museums, private galleries and the Association of Historic Houses in Puglia, Sicily, Campania, Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany.

Art Projects

In 2001 she undertook her studies on the "sixth art" starting from Walter Benjamin theories. In 2002 she founded with Marco Agostinelli and the writer/journalist Margherita D'Amico, the Cultural Association "La Sesta Arte" with the aim of disseminating digital art through exhibitions and publications, and to promote the cultural and artistic heritage making documentary and video art. In June 2002 she presented to Istituto Luce, the video/art "NATO" and "Cuore di Cane" by Agostinelli subsequently participating in the International Festival of Cinema of Locarno, Viper Film Festival (Basel) and Invideo Festival at Spazio Oberdan (Milan). In February 2003 she curated the exhibition "Il Fantasma del Digitale / Digital Ghost" by Agostinelli at the Rocca Paolina in Perugia with the Municipality and the Province of Perugia, where the techno/paintings created by the artist following her experimental sixth art theories, were exhibited for the first time.

In the summer of 2003, within the International Free Forum of Bolognano organized by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini, she presents the dissertation on the sixth art. In 2003, she curated in Italy the cycle of public open air video projections "Le torri di avvistamento /The sighting towers" dedicated to the tragic events of the Twin Towers and their consequences around the world. The event culminates with the projection of the video art "Corpus After Towers" on the old bastion of the Fortino Sant'Antonio di Bari, during the evening of Good Friday in collaboration with the Municipality and the Province of Bari. In 2004, she curated the exhibition "Umbra lux Dei" in the Museum Stauros of Contemporary Sacred Art and the projection of the video art "Beslan" in the crypt of the Saint in the Sanctuary of San Gabriele in Teramo in collaboration with director Reverend Adriano di Bonaventura and the Secretary of Cultural Heritage of the Vatican, Monsignor Carlo Chenis. Thanks to her relationship with them, she participated in various editions of the Artist's Festival organized by the Stauros Museum. For Agostinelli she wrote about the video art "Television Cross" in the book "Sculpture of Thought" published by Silvana Editoriale and she curated the related exhibition at the Crocetti Museum in Rome.

In 2005, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome, invited her to organize a major exhibition dedicated to the marquis painter Giorgio Capranica del Grillo at the Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

From 2005 to 2009, she worked above all as a novelist and screenwriter of documentaries.

In 2009 she started to curate exhibitions in Venice. From 2009 to 2011, she constantly collaborated with Palazzo Zenobio belonging to the Mechitarist Order of San Lazzaro.

A particular memory of this collaboration goes to the exhibition "Fresh Eyes" by the artists from the very well known Finnish school of re-education through the visual arts, appointed by the Embassy of Finland. In the same year, as curator of the Palazzo, she hosts the exhibition "Abitare le case/Living houses" by the historical archive of Michele Valori, organized by MAXXI of Rome in the occasion of the Architecture Biennale of Venice. In 2010, she founded the Venetian Cultural Association Palazzo Zenobio (actually RO.SA.M.) of which she became president some year later. In 2010, she conceived the project "Nove artisti per la ricostruzione/Nine artists for reconstruction" for the city of L'Aquila, which had been severely affected by the earthquake, with the participation of world-renowned artists Beverly Pepper, Hidetoshi Nagasawa and Mauro Staccioli. The General Carmine Lopez actually head of Financial Police in Venice, is the president of the honor committee. Thanks to her diplomatic relation with the AWAR (American Women Association Rome), she obtained the financial support from the Embassy of the United States of America to promote the Amphitheater drawn by Beverly Pepper for Campo del Sole in L'Aquila ( Finally some years later, the Italian company ENI financed the constructions of the Amphitheater with €1.000.000,00. In 2018-2019, the Amphitheater won the prize for the most beautiful environmental sculpture announced by the Italian Ministry of Culture. From 2012 to 2014, she worked in collaboration with the emerging private Museum "Officina delle Zattere" in Venice and particularly in occasion of the Biennale 2013, she curated the exhibition "The Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100 Years of Art and Freedom" by ORLAN, Anne Katrine Senstad, Pia MyrvoLD and Miguel Chevalier. From December 2014 to February 2015, she curated the exhibition of monumental sculptures by Beverly Pepper at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome with patronage of the American Embassy in Italy and the Fondazione Arte-Musei of Rome. In January 2015, she asked the Italian Republic President Giorgio Napolitano to give an honor to Beverly Pepper for her donation to L'Aquila. In occasion of the Biennale 2015, she presented in Venice the installation by Anne Katrine Senstad "The Swamp" and "The Vanity of Vanities" at in a special gondola boathouse "El Magazen dell'Arte" of the Squero di San Trovaso (actually Gondola Gallery) . In occasion of the Architectural Biennial of 2016, she curated the painting installation "Water Garden" by Roger de Montebello at Palazzo Contarini Polignac and the exhibition "Peripheries, The Wall of Democracy" by Paolo Tait in Titian Room and cloister of the Cultural Center Artigianelli Don Orione with the patronage of Province Autonomous of Trento. In September of the same year, she went to Kaarisilta in Filand to product the documentary "The Angel of Art" with the contribution of the Italian actress Ottavia Piccolo. From December 2016 to February 2017 , she curated the exhibition "Mare Internum, the table of Silence" by Rossella Vasta in collaboration with the artisan called "The carpenter of the Pope" from Lampedusa, at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome with the patronage of the Municipalities of Lampedusa and Palmanova, the Embassy of the United States in Italy, of the Italian Ministry of Culture. At the same time she curated the exhibition "Evaporations" at the Palazzo Cipolla Museum in Rome for the Arte-Musei Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America. On the 13rd January 2017, she presented the exhibition "Homage to Lucrezia" at the Magazzino Gallery in Palazzo Polignac Contarini, dedicated to the Baroness Lucrezia de Domizio Durini the great Italian patron of Joseph Beuys. In May 2017, she wrote DADO guide dedicated to exhibitions and cultural events organized by RO.SA.M. in the occasion of the Venice Biennale, and she conceived the sustainability project "OCEANUS" involving the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor and the Italian artist Cristina Finucci, dedicated to plastic pollution in the sea with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of the Environment and UNESCO.

In the same year she joined the scientific committee of the "La Calcina-John Ruskin, writing about architecture" award. In 2018 she curated the boat installation conceived by Vasta for the Ara Pacis Museum, as a permanent art work at Emergency headquarters in Venice where she organized the photography exhibition "Fiori di Strada" dedicated to the activities of the NGO KISEDET in Tanzania. In September of the same year, for Progedit publishing house, she published the book "Ricostruire con l'arte/ Rebuilding with art" which she presented at Palazzo dell'Emiciclo of the Regional Council of Abruzzo in L'Aquila in occasion of the inauguration event of the Amphisculpture of the Parco del Sole in L'Aquila with the Municipality of L'Aquila and the CARISPAQ Foundation. In 2019 she was invited by ANCE young people of L'Aquila to take care of the donation by the artist Linda Karshan to the Regional Council of Abruzzo as part of the "Nove artisti per la ricostruzione / Nine artists for the reconstruction" project. Karshan donation consisted of the Sounding drawings and the site specific work built in the "neviera" (the ancient well of the Palazzo dell'Emiciclo!) in collaboration with the authorities and students of the University of L'Aquila, on the occasion of the national conference ANCE young people. In May of the same year, she presented with Iris Peynado, the exhibition "Te veo, Me veo" by the Dominican artist Lidia Léon at the Venice Biennale 2019 in the Palladian church of the Zitelle, on the occasion of the 120 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and the Dominican Republic and in collaboration with the LiLeon Foundation and the Embassy of the United States of America. The book "Ricostruire con l'arte" was presented at the International Turin Book Fair 2019 by the Region of Puglia.

In 2020 she wrote the monographic book "Te veo, Me veo exhibition and the art work of Lidia Leon" and she was appointed by the Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic as curator of the National Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale. For the International Day of Remembrance 2020, she curated the exhibition "Ninez Rubata /Stolen childhood" at the Magazzino Gallery in Venice, with the patronage of the Jewish Museum of Jerusalem and Venice, the Municipality of Venice and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Italy. In January 2020, she was invited by the Italian Embassy in Santo Domingo to hold the conference "Economic and social impact of Art, Las Biennale de Arte" at UNIBE. The Centro Leon of Santiago invited her to present the exhibition "Homage to Te veo, Me veo" by the Venetian photographer Maurizio Rossi. In 2021 she curated the Dominican Republic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale "How will we live together?" and she was a founding member of the CC collective of international curators of the Biennale. Subsequently in October 2022, "Conexion" the work made with the tobacco leaves by the artist and architect Lidia Leon for the DR Pavilion, was hosted in the Anglican Church of St. Mary le Strand in London in occasion of the Frieze Masters with her curatorial assistance.

In April 2022, she curated with Viana Conti "Memory: The light of Time" by Federica Marangoni at the Marciana Library in Venice with the support of Generali S.p.A. Insurance in occasion of the opening of Procuratie Vecchie in San Marco Square. In the same year, she curated the major monographic exhibition "L'arte per la fisica. Da Luigi Russolo a Renzo Bergamo / The art for physics. From Luigi Russolo to Renzo Bergamo" at Palazzo Vescovile in Portogruaro with the Municipality of Portogruaro and Venetian Oriental Tourist District. The exhibition itself , was dedicated to this Italian artists belonged to the Avant - Garde and Neo Avant- Garde. In December 2022 she conceived the film "Homage to Italo Calvino by Linda Karshan" , whose filming of the exhibition and performance by Linda Karshan were held at Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti in Venice.

In January 2023, a Regional Department of the Italian Ministry of Culture invited her and Roberto Begnini, to conceive a project for a large exhibition of environmental and urban sculpture by the greatest Italian artists of the second half of the last century.

In May 2023, she was appointed curator of the Biennale Fotografia di Portogruaro in the municipality city of Venice.