Chiara Criniti

Chiara Criniti is an Italian artist and illustrator. Her works depict a world in which reality is represented through metaphorical and psychological images that are full of pathos and poetry.

She started creating illustrations for children but over the years her focus has shifted to issues related to the psyche, to the deeper meanings hidden in language and to the more daring connections between words and images. She’s interested in feelings, emotions and troubles of the soul.

She works with mixed media on canvas and paper (monotype, collage, graphite, acrylic, pastels, grattage).

The use of vibrant colours and bold contrasts, alongside the mélange of various materials and media, enable her to create a complex world where reality coexists with metaphorical elements, the surreal and psychological; a world that can be interpreted on a variety of levels.

Chiara has been featured at the Freedom in Nature exhibition, Kuwait City in 2016, for her piece ‘Enchantment Freedom’ and also featured in Annual 2014, Italian Association of Image Authors with ‘Two Hearts and a Donkey’.


Attained a Merit Award in the iJungle Illustration Awards 2017, Editorial Category

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Finalist in the Columbia Threadneedle Prize and exhibition 2018 for ‘The Human Cargo’.

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