Carla Bertoli | Painter


Carla Bertoli. She was born on august 1st, 1963, in Milan, Italy. She has inherited her family’s passion for art: her father was a goldsmith who exhibited his creations for the Maison Cusi a Milan’s traditional jeweller- at Moma, New York in the 50’s /55’s. her grandfather, on the contrary, was a clever wood sculptor.

Her artistic life began on 1994 and she has discovered her flair about mosaic work.After a series of studies, she decided to follow a qualifying course at the workshop of a famous mosaic worker, “Studio Maimonte”, teacher at the “Applied Arts School” of the Milan’s “Sforza Castle”.During the course at his study, she has refined the laying method for various materials, studying the tone matching, and the historical periods from roman-byzantine one until today, developing classical and modern techniques and surrealism.

Defragmentation of materials, acrylic, clay, using the mosaic making process coupled with “pop art”, from portraits of ordinary people like relatives and friends or strangers, obtained from waste and materials of everyday use, combined with pictorial techniques. During the following four years she has carried out many projects putting into practice what she has learnt during this course, and, at the same time, she has taken part in various exhibitions near Milan.

The inspiration induces her to widen her vision, linking together after the previous period also pictorial techniques. The fascination of semiprecious stones and crystals is exciting for her, to the point that she wants to put and bring out also these elements to highlight every single detail and to convey, as a whole, an high energy level. Later she met Maria Teresa Isenburg, known, in the artistic world, as “Mate’ “, with whom she has exchanged ideas and opened up new horizons linking together her art with the techniques used for creating glass sculptures.

“Studio Maimonte Arte” – Milan
“Studio Maria Teresa Isemburg” – Milan
“Liceo” specializing in art subjects – Milan
LAP (free Academy of painting Vittorio Viviani) – Nova Milanese-Milan
Abramovic Method- Certificate of Completion

At the present time she is expanding her artistic world through collaborations with art critics and designing interiors with architects and designers.

Her main objective is to convey the emotion through visual creations full of inwardness in such a way as to make the observer able to live them with empathy.



IAFF INSTABUL ART & ANTIQUE FAIR – Instabul Congress Center – ICC 

COLORI GIAPPONESI – Chie Art Gallery – Milano 

Premio Dante Sommo Poeta : Galleria Area Contesa – Roma 


Premio Dante Sommo Poeta : Galleria Roccart Gallery – Firenze 

Coca Project 2021 

Virtual Personal Show in CHIE ART GALLERY 


Atlante dell’Arte Contemporanea 2020 published by De Agostini – MAXXI Roma (Auditorium) 


Art Luxory Gallery Milano Pop Art


ART SHOPPING – Carrousel Du Louvre – Paris

Artistic Grand Prize – Atahotel Rho Fiera – Milano

International DONNE IN RINASCITA VII Edition – Atahotel Rho Fiera – Milano

International MILANO ART & DESIGN WEEK – Atahotel Rho Fiera – Milano

COULEURS SANS FRONTIERES – Atahotel Rho Fiera – Milano

INCONTRI D’ARTE ART EXIBITION – Atahotel Rho Fiera – Milano

Permanent exhibition – Atahotel Rho Fiera Milano & Atahotel Varese

Vernice Art Fair 16th edition (ForlìFiera) – Forlì


Art Shopping Côte d’Azur (Paris – Carrousel du Louvre) – Cannes Mandelieu                        28th exhibition “Arte Padova” Art Market Show of Modern and Conteporary Art – Padova
Artistic Grand Prize Atahotel Business & Resort – Varese
Art 2 Universe Astronomy and Art Atahotel Rho Fiera – Milan
Women in Reinassance 2017 Contest, First Place Classified Atahotel Rho Fiera


Festival International Art Palazzo Principi Turrisi Grifeo di Partanna – Viagrande (Catania)
“Art Contaminations in contest Cittaducale” (Rieti)
International Contemporary Art – one-woman exhibition – “Uno, nessuno, centomila” – Cittaducale (Rieti)


Auction House Art Gallery Poleschi Milan
Exhibition Hall Dioscuri del Quirinale Rome


Auction House Art Gallery Poleschi Milan


AEM Foundation  – Energy House Milan
Polytechnic – Architecture Faculty Turin


IIC – Italian Cultural Institute Prague
Exhibition Hall Dioscuri del Quirinale Rome
Brehova Gallery Prague
International Italia Arte 2011 Villa Gualino Turin
IIC – Italian Cultural Institute Copenhagen
Hall of Columns Valentino Castle Turin


STEP09  International one-woman exhibition at Amstel Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum Milan
International Exhibition Real sito Belvedere San Leucio (caserta)
Modern Contemporary Art Forli’
Spoleto Art Festival
Celeste Prize
Terna Prize
International Biennal Exhibition of Contemporary Arts Central Italy Rieti
Contemporary Art Exhibition “In the shade of the olive tree” Mazziotti Caiazzo Palace Caserta
Royal palace of caserta at the Court of the Bourbon, Collective Exhibition Caserta
International Italia Arte 2010 Villa Gualino Turin Certificate of Merit


Terna Prize
Italica Expo – Maui Museum the visual art center Teano (Caserta)
LAP (free Academy of Painting) Nova milanese (Milan)
Maui Museum -The Visual Arts Center, area 51 Roccamonfina (Caserta) Flogisto preview
X Factor Painter – She came Third
the artists forum -women and colours She came Third


Giorgio Falossi
Art Historian
July 2012

“I was given a chance to see some of her artworks surfing the Net. It’s a considerable searching work, particularly on the shape where the form got various substances and various colors giving misteriously concepts to the human being. Figures always in relation to the Scene, to the Cosmos, to the Nature by a conceptualism from ethic to social, builded on hard connection of fragments, of segments, of soft colors. So we can feel concrete and enhanced form, material and spiritual form, psychic tone’s register that start from emotion coming to fruition to fantasy and discovery. Carla Bertoli humanize instincts and necessities applying her artistic research in an endless human path with a symbolic undertone of reality, truth and freedom, indispensable qualities that concretize a Real Artwork.”
Giorgio Falossi


Guido Folco Art Historian
July 2011

“Who doesn’t believe that art can be also, if not majorly, a challenge versus actuality, time and immortality?
It is a contemporary example the creations of Carla Bertoli, they are brave interpretations of a language made by images, signs and colors, so universal and eternal in its immediate sense.
The artist observes the world, the time running, the processing of history and its components, more or less famous or daily and familiar relationship marks the spirit in a body shape and chromatic destruction. metaphor of daily existing humanity, the creation of Carla Bertoli seems to ask the viewer about sense of life and eternal conflict between spirituality and physical.
The bright colors, the use of overlapping materials create three-dimension, like a mosaic sculpture and express a material consistency of being inverstigating the essence, but meanwhile this artistic operation is going to dissipate in dreaming vision of subject that seems to exit from the anatomical regulations flaking on dream and imagination.

In Carla Bertoli’s variegated we can also find famous personality grow like modernity idols. Rendering homage to their life and ideals, the artist has dedicated creations made by great intensity.
For example “The Silence of  Marina Abramovic” based on the serb performer born in Belgrado on 1946, grow famous for her installations where she creates a fast pace relation between oeuvre and public, between body and mind.
Carla bertoli, on this portrait, make a semiotic operation over being, showing body as ’emotion’s container’. the unreal and contrasted color, between dark and blue, marks psychology rather than physical, letting go energy and intense dramatic power.
Also “Twiggy Forever” shows new settings and optical effects.
Different focal points, in the artwork of Carla Bertoli, concentrate observer’s sense and bring him to explore a chromatic universe beyond traditional representation. Eyes, lips, jewels, cheeks: the english model’s visage is showed in her essence of modernity idol, making a softly uncovering of reality that bring truth to fantasy.
On photographic constrast positive-negative, the face become a communication instrument, subliminal and media message. the pop culture brings personality to miths or differently the personality bring art to time mirror.
On “Reflection” Carla Bertoli come back to her homely traditional creativity: son of a goldsmith who exhibits for “Cusi” Company in Milan on the “Moma” in New York on ’50/’55, Carla Bertoli experiment early the art flavour, the taste and the beauty.
On her passions is also present the love for cristals, and on creations, she get inspiration to communicate energy, relationship, communication. so the artwork also shows antique and innovative culture, like a searching for unknown on proposing complementary elements, distant on concept and culture.
In this dualism between body and soul, on her symbolic vision of representation of reality and immagination, of human and divine, Carla Bertoli creates basics for a wise and learned art that put on light past to face present and future.
On her artworks there aren’t traditional mosaics, but there are chromatic fragments of a convulsive life, united by a hybrid symbolic concept of life shapes, between experience and personal sense; not mystical icon, but enigmatic faces that express interior worlds; not monumental frescos, but paintings that celebrate daily with intensive focus on look, in a detail become universal.
On skin transformation of subjects represented, the painting and pigment matter seem to want change, changing the deep the human being, uplifting and changing form of destitution of our condition with a spiritual way defining it metaphysical, on her desire of freedom from body, from truth, from life, from time, sanctifing pains, joy, emotions.
Carla Bertoli’s art also marks a different cultural dialectic, opening new unconventional and isolated representation ways, original on their very little vision of being.”

Guido Folco


A critic who does not criticize, Pier Antonio Trattenero.
Art Critic Pier Antonio Trattenero. June 2021 

How hard is it to outline the self-representation capacities of an artist like Carla Bertoli? It surely is demanding. When you think that the attempt was successful, she slips away and reappears transformed. Maybe this is the concept defining this gifted artist’s painting. She is influenced by pop art but reinterprets it and it is not an ordinary interpretation. Self-representing means putting one’s being at stake, transferring meanings on canvas with the risk of not being understood. Maybe this is the artist’s drama, to act in order to break the silence and shout out her essence to the world. Tragedy? Maybe not! But invocation to be. First of all, Carla talks to herself, the only way to communicate in order to be credible. Therefore, her artworks ooze genuine existential questions, secrets if you want, but revealed by her art. The vision of a credible and sustainable world, the recovery of matter as a way out of the refusal of living authentically, the very evident chromatisms in order not to be veined by silence.

And everything glides fluently, everything connects to offer food for thought and new perspectives. You do not need many words to render her justice, you need to stop in front of the artwork, talk to her and then, a bit altered, smile at her and say “This time it’s big trouble, you induced me to think.” In a world that has stopped thinking, let us rely on the magic of her art.
Pier Antonio Trattenero.