Grazia Badari was born on August 15, 1950 in Luzzara (Reggio Emilia), the last of three sisters. His parents' home is next to the workshop, ufotoGrazian crossroads of people, of refined minds that reproduce and improve the mechanics of agricultural or woodworking machinery. His house is always open, as open are the minds that are there. He often accompanies his father both in fishing on the river Po and in his trips to companies and industries. For that time, a not indifferent way of opening oneself to others, to the future. Very precocious in drawing, the teacher already realizes her
in the first grade and sends her to the blackboard to draw for her. Her mother and sisters are also close to her in this world of fantasies and portraits. Rather in poor health, he spends most of his winter days drawing and painting. One afternoon he asks his mother to be able to color the bathroom. The distracted mother agrees. So the little girl paints all the bathroom tiles with profile portraits in black tempera, but she is never scolded by her mother, who perceives her qualities. In a moment of despair due to the loss of her beloved black and white cat, her playmate, the sisters, to comfort her, give her a box of oil paints. For the times a rarity. Grazia uses magazine clippings to reproduce the greats: Van Gogh, Gauguin ... And it can be said that the apprenticeship of oil paints begins from there, in full autonomy. Later, when choosing high school, her father decides not to enroll her at the Art School of Parma, believing that the uncomfortable journey was an impediment to her studies. Then Grazia attended the teaching institute in Suzzara (Mantua), with the agreement to continue her studies at the Academy of Art in Venice, once she had obtained her high school diploma. Unfortunately, a series of adversities in the family, including the closure of the company, does not allow her to continue. Indeed, he immediately starts teaching at the local nursery school. But he does not neglect his passion. Accomplice the village priest, Don Dino Masini who lends her his art books, punctually copies a picture every evening on a sketch pad that her mother keeps religiously. Subsequently, winner of the master's competition, she moved to Brescia, never neglecting the studio of the great artists of the 19th century, reproducing them in oil. During his stay in Brescia, he also took lessons on the technique of third fire decoration on porcelain, a technique he still uses occasionally. Only around the end of the 90s, having returned to the Mantua area, can she finally channel her artistic potential by following the Drawing and Painting Courses with Prof. Pantani who initiates her to the abstract. Later she attended the Cignaroli Academy in Verona, then she continues following Sculpture Courses with Maestro Carlo Bertolini in Mantua, Engraving and individual chalcographic printing courses, for three years, always with Bertolini, who when he realizes that he is no longer able to work due to age, he gives her his beloved electric press built by Bergonzoni. His words: "I leave it to you, the last of my students, the most promising". A press that he printed for the best Mantuan and Emilian engravers. The artistic frequentations at the Academy give her the security that she had not been able to find until then; painting lessons: creative freedom; sculpture courses: manual mastery and finally with engraving: the search for light. Currently he teaches portrait and painting courses at the Municipal Library of Suzzara, but also in Levata, Gonzaga ... as well as drawing and watercolor for children. She performed demonstrations of old-fashioned printing at the Library and at the "Galleriadel Premio Suzzara" Museum with the didactic press, given to her by Angelo Boni from Suzzara; he worked at Villa Mirra di Cavriana and in Quistello, during the "Little Paris" event in 2016, as well as during the Contemporary Days organized by AMACI, in his studio. He has exhibited in numerous cities, both in Italy and abroad, such as at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, Cologne, but also in Rome, Turin, Bologna, Mantua, Gubbio, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Parma ... in the Palazzi delle Regge dei Gonzaga, in the Hall of Tapestries, Palazzo dei Principi in Correggio, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Borgo Virgilio ... She was interviewed several times by the TV presenter Elide Pizzi for a local broadcaster, but also by the journalist Paola Artoni in Gazoldo degli Ippoliti for an event organized by the cultural association "Postumia" and by Professor Luciano Morselli during the presentation by the Hon. Antonino Zaniboni, of his "RES PUBLICA" in Sailetto. His works can be found with private collectors, organizations, associations, museums, municipal offices ... In Sabbioneta he held one of the most important personal exhibitions, in the Palazzo Ducale, with a presentation, at the Teatro all’Antica, by prof. Roberto Pedrazzoli, this way back in 2008. He had presentations by Tonino Zaniboni, Arturo Calzona, Gilberto Cavicchioli, Paolo Levi, Arianna Sartori, Valentina Marongiu, Chiara Rossato, Enzo Cortesi, Sergio Zanichelli ... and curators such as Marzio Dall'Acqua and Francesca Baboni. He has obtained prizes and recommendations, in Moglia (Mantua) for the best abstract painting, but also in Genoa, with Saturarte, at the Biennale di Asolo (Treviso), Combat Price 2017 and 2018; third prize for photography: “I love my Caw”, Reggio Emilia. He uses both oil colors and multi-material for his canvases, which are always organized following a logical and / or mythological thread. Often the themes, although belonging to the myth, are the result of interior visions, representations of an extremely personal reality but also of great psychological depth. His visions, his "caves", his "panoramas" are in fact representations of his intimate, the intimate of every man or woman; they often dig deep into feelings; its materiality, its bare, peeling rooms, reveal the feelings of each of us. Use the ash for the polymaterial. The ash from her home, which belongs to her, supports her in her works, allows her to follow her trend, which is essentially that of Plato's cave myth, of how humanity is blind, in search of an illusion, how you sail in darkness.