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First Name Marco
Last Name Ulgheri
Born 1970-01-22
Country Brazil


Marco Ulgheri was born in Rome, Italy, in January 1970. His father is Italian and his mother is German. He was in touch with the painting arts in his childhood when he traveled to many cities in Europe.

In 1989 he starts his graduation course at La Sapienza University in Rome. In this period his interest for fine arts intensifies, particularly the fresco paintings and tempera on the wall.

The study in loco, characteristic which will follow all the artist evolution, allowed a better comprehension of the arts putting it into the context of historical, philosophical and aesthetic relations.

In 1990 a study trip to France (Paris, Reims, Chartres, Amiens, Versalhes) he deepened his knowledge about gothic art, besides studying the masterpieces of the great masters in the museums. In The Netherlands, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Belgium, Anversa, Bruxelas. In England he found out the treasures of London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Durham and Newcastle.

In 1991, Marco Ulgheri moved to Florence where he stayed for one year. He did many studies in the countryside of Toscan and knew a lot of important places when doing the Grand-Tour- Medici Village (Pratolino, Poggio e Caiano, Artimino, Careggi,..), parks, churches and chapels which were present everywhere. He studied the great collections in the museums of Florence, Lucca, Siena, Fiesole, Pisa, Pistoia and San Gimignano. And then he could understand the expressive power of Fatori and macchiaioli that really influenced his future career.

Back to Rome, in 1992, he continued his field studies doing researches about the history of decoration, visiting Orsini-Bomarzo and Bracciano, Farnese-Caprarola, D’Este-Tivoli, Borghese and Giulia-Roma villages, and the abadias de Farfa-Rieti, Sta. Scolastica and Sacro Speco-Subiaco, Casamari-Frosinone, Fossanova-Latina, Grottaferrata-Rome. In the end of this year he did a detailed study about Edward Munch masterpiece in Osio, Bergen, Trondheim and Estocolmo. In Viena he did a research about Egon Schiele, and in Turkey, in Istanbul and Capadocia visited the archeological sites of Kayseri e Urgüp. In that time the artist was strongly influenced by the significant of art, dedicating himself to a theoretical and practical study of the techniques and material used in it (chemistry of the colors, research on leganti, inerti painting techniques of the great masters).

After that, in 1993, he revisited with a new view, the private and public collections of Rome, finding new values in masterpieces known for a long a long time. He spent a month in Abruzzi visiting churches and friaries around L`Aquila. And traveling to Germany (Siegen, Berlim and Colônia) he could check the remarkable technical virtuosity of Rubens and Rembrant masterpieces, which had an important influence on his job.


All of those studies and researches were really significant in the frescos conceptions done by Marco Ulgheri in the Oficial Residence of the Italian Prime Minister (Palazzo Chigi) and the Baron of Lo Giudice Moncada, in Rome. Due to the huge success reached by the paintings done in those two palaces, in 1995 he was invited by the industrialist Cesario Galli to come to Brazil to do some mural paintings in his mansion located in Morumbi neighborhood, in Sao Paulo. From that moment on, he got interested in knowing the Brazilian Art.

In that same year he opened his Studio of Painting and Restoration, and since then he has been working for his clients, institutions and reknown collections (A Hebraica, Ordem das Irmãs de Santa Catarina of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Safra family, Mansur family, Burmajan, Lopes, and others). In his trips to Italy, between 1996 and 1997, he was in touch with the great masters’ masterpieces in Rome, Ravenna, Florence and Napoles.

Between 1999 and 2000, he idealized and coordinated the artistic project Permanent Exhibition “Maternity”. 11 artists from different parts of Brazil were chosen through a public contest to do their masterpieces about the theme in Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo.

Between 2001 and 2002 he idealized and did his biggest masterpiece: The permanent exhibition “History of the Medicine”, a circle of 24 baixorelevos em bronze fundido, exhibited at the same avenue.

In 2003 and 2004 he did the projects and the paintings of Nossa Senhora das Dores Church in Niterói, RJ.

In 2006 he started to exhibit his masterpieces in São Paulo having cone the exhibitions Corpses (Câmara Municipal de São Paulo) and Soul and natural phenomena (São Bento subway station). Because of the huge success of those he was invited to be a member of the Brazilian committee of AIAP (Association Internationale des Arts Plastique – UNESCO).

Between 2006 and 2007 he does the project and the decoration of São José Chapel, MG.

In May 2007, he stayed in Rome for one year and in this period he does the biggest masterpieces (oil on canvas) of his career (Chapel of Santa Maria Church in Setteville), and other different works such as paintings(Madonna col Bambino, Bacco, Cristo morto), decorations (Salão New Orleans, no Restaurante Cow Boy) and digital art (Série "Mandala"). In that year his name was approved by art commition of São Paulo's subway to do permanent masterpieces in his stations.


He comes back to Brazil in July 2008 and starts to take part in prices and exibitions:

- In August he was selected in the Hall of Contemporary Art of Vinhedo with his Estandartes.

- In September he received a price in honour in the Hall of Contemporary Art of Rezende with his Soul and natural phenomena.

In October was approved by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil the project ARTE POR TODA PARTE (Art everywhere) - a specialized course of art and social inclusion of a group of young people from a poor neighborhood of Sao Paulo - will be reached in the first half of 2009.

- In December, has been approved by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the decoration project of entrance of the Italian Cultural Institute in São Paulo

- February to may 2009: TRAVELING EXHIBITION of the MANDALA serie in the subway stations in São Paulo (february: MASP/TRIANON - march: SÊ - april: IMIGRANTES - may: PARAÍSO)

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