Daniela Carletti was born in Ferrara, northern Italy, and started to be interested in art at the end of the seventies. That was the time when she began to attend a painting, watercolor, sculpturing and graphic school, whose teachers were important artists of her town.
She has experimented with different materials like: clay to realize terracotta sculptures similar to the ones of Henry Moore, resin and fiberglass for more abstract sculptures, wire and plaster for lighter vaguely humanlike figures.
Around the nineties, she started to make reliefs with plaster. Since then, it was the nature in its most humble aspect that became the main source of her artwork, a nature of reeds and wild herbs, you find along rivers and ditches, everywhere they can’t be cut by human hands.
She picked up and through a personal procedure reproduced them with special hard plaster on special tissue (tarlatan). After many solo and group exhibitions, in 2007 she participated in the 4th International Symposium of painting in Odessa (UKR) and exhibition at the Museum of Eastern and Western Art.
In year 2008, after having attended a graphic school (Laboratori Liberi) near Urbino, Italy, she experimented many different techniques on Japanese paper.
In year 2011, after many solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad, she was invited to the Venice Biennale, 54th International Art Exhibition, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.
From that moment she started experimenting with a original use of Japanese paper on canvas, representing a more dynamic nature made of leaves, butterflies, orchids, hummingbirds, herons, owls, etc…..
In year 2013, invited by Kurt Blum, G.M. of Swiss Art Gate UAE, she held a solo exhibition at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, and since 2014 participated in solo and group exhibitions in United Arab Emirates, including at Artissima Art Gallery in Dubai, at Sharjah University, College of Fine Art and Design, and Cultural Center in Umm al Qwain.
Since 2015 she participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad: Museo Magi ‘900, Pieve di Cento; Centro Puecher, Milano; Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, Veroli; Artissima Art Gallery, Dubai; Deutchen Hirtenmuseum, Hersbruck; Kreis Galerie, Nuremberg; Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi; Cloister Galleria D’Arte, Ferrara; Galleria del Carbone, Ferrara; Pinacoteca Civica di San Severino Marche; Binali Yildirim University, Erzincan; Club 55 Pigneto, Roma; Arte in Studio, Milano; Spazio Faro Galleria d’Arte, Roma; Art Festival 2020,Cultural Center, Umm Al Quwain; Atelier Montez, Roma; Charbon Art Cafè, Budapest; Iki Gai Gallery, Roma; Studio d’Arte di Paola Bonora, Ferrara; Sino Italian Design Exchange Center, Florence & Shanghai; Assemblea Legislativa Regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna; Museo del Presente di Rende; Dubai Art Expo 2021, Meydan Hotel e Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai; Pallavicini 22 Art Gallery, Ravenna.
Since 2018 she also resumed making sculptures with iron wires and hard plaster.
Her poetry is expressed by the representation of nature. She says of her work: “I think I have nostalgia for a time when human beings lived in direct communication with nature. I can’t explain in any other way my compulsive need to represent it.
In all my artworks I just follow my inspiration, there is not much planning; the different materials I use suggest the path I follow. In the various steps of processing, all senses are involved, acting in synergy with the mind and the heart, showing me where to go. Creating an artwork is like making a trip to the mysterious and attractive unknown.”