Maria Rebecca Ballestra was born in 1974 in Italy, where she studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Florence. As artist she lives and works in nomadic condition. Her work is based on reprocessing and resetting of social, political and environmental themes investigated during journeys and several artist residencies program all around the world, among which Signal Fire (USA), , Transnational Culture (Brazil), Sunhoo Industrial Design Innovation Park (China), Sowing Seed (India), Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan), Barda del Desierto (Argentina) just to name a few. (www.rebeccaballestra.com)
In 2016 Maria Rebecca Ballestra launched together with Ca’Foscari University of Venice the first edition of the Festival for the Earth – sustainable visions in art and science, a forum that hosts international guests from the academic and public realm to discuss and reflect on achievable models for a responsible living on Earth. (www.festivalfortheearth.com)
In 2015 she created and based her company MBRArt in the Principality of Monaco, to organize exhibitions and cultural events. (www.mbrart.com).
In 2014 she co-found with the artist Rachela Abbate the ongoing international project Social Soups: a collaborative platform of aesthetics of social transformation focusing on food. (www.socialsoups.com)
Maria Rebecca Ballestra was awarded with several international prizes in Europe, Asia and USA and she held lectures and participated at symposiums at Boston University (USA), Maraya Art Center (UAE); University of Hull (UK), Xiamen University (China), PROG Zentrum (Switzerland), University of Genoa (Italy), Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan).
Ballestra’s art works are showcased in international venues, group and personal exhibitions, museums, galleries and art fairs and are part of public and private collections.