Debora Barnaba is an artist and photographer, born in Milan in 1985.

After studying drawing and painting, she discovered photography, which became her main expression in 2006. Her background can be seen in the detailed, formal construction of her shots and in her effort to aestheticize an idea, “tracing” it in the space of a single click. Debora Barnaba's expression of her own interior toughts is characterised by a stark simplicity of style and, combined with the expressive power of her self-portraits, recalls the work of Francesca Woodman and the desire to transcend her subjectivity offering an absolute body, in which the viewer is identified.

She has worked with some of the leading names in this sector, including Maurizio Montagna, Roger Weiss, Giovanni Gastel and Oliviero Toscani, with whom, in 2009, she collaborated on a project about Florence that was later published in a catalogue entitled “Santo Spirito”.

In 2010, one of the leading industry magazines, Il Fotografo, made its cover story about her.

In 2011, she produced her first book, “Visioni del vuoto: Varese” (Arterigere Edizioni, 2011), which included critical texts by Riccardo Crespi, Riccardo Manzotti and Sandro Iovine, and provided an original portrayal of the garden city.

In 2012, she extended her exploration into the world of video and worked with the painter Silvio Pasotti on various new projects about the body.

She has taken part in several collective exhibitions, including “Carte esposte” (Theca gallery, Milan, 2017) and “Nude” (Cortina gallery, Milan, 2017).

In 2013, she had her first personal exhibition “Debora Barnaba: Untitled show” at Theca Gallery in Lugano (Switzerland).

From 2017 her interpretation of the Cenacolo Vinciano is permanently exposed in the Cenacolo Museum in Milan.

Solo exhibitions

Debora Barnaba: Untitled Show, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Swiss, september 2013

Selected group exhibitions

Artisti a Venezia, curated by Daniela Accorsi, Accorsi Gallery, Venice, Italy, may 2018

Arte e moda, curated by Giorgio Grasso, Spazio Kappa, Milan, Italy, february 2018

Carte esposte, curated by Annalisa Fanti, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy, july 2017

Biennale di Genova, Palazzo Stella, Genova, Italy, june 2017

Nude, Cortina Gallery, Milan, Italy, may 2017

Kunst lives matter, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, Germany, march 2017

White light/White heat, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, february 2014

Corpo a corpo, Hangart, Pavia, Italy, 2013

Il paesaggio contemporaneo, Deodato Arte, Milan, Italy, 2012

Nonsolocorpisoli, I Macelli, Florence, Italy, 2012

Circuiti dinamici, Circolo culturale Bertolt Brecht, Milan, Italy, 2011

Locus animae, Palazzo del Turismo, Jesolo, Italy, 2010

Artparty, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Castello di Masnago, Varese, Italy, 2010

Cristalli di Rocca, curated by Carolina Lio, Rocca Grimalda, Italy, 2008

Body-il corpo umano nell’arte contemporanea, Spazio Expo Culturali GB Design, Florence, Italy, 2007


Winner of the critique prize, Genova Biennale, 2017

Mention by the jury, The Independent Photographer award, 2017

Third classified with Annalisa Mazzoli, Serbelloni Prize, 2014

Finalist at Premio Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, III edition, 2012

Third classified, Premio Ghiggini Arte Giovani XI edition, 2012

Special mention by the jury, Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, II edition, 2011

Selected bibliography - Books and Exhibitions catalogues

AAVV., Biennale di Genova, cat. Exhibition, AGF Edizioni, 2017

AAVV., Regione Lombardia: four seasons of beauty, Regione Lombardia, 2017

BONOMI Giorgio, Il corpo solitario vol.2, Rubettino Editore, 2017

AAVV., Expo Tales, Regione Lombardia, 2015

BARNABA Debora, Mondrian: Arte come percezione della forma invisibile, Edizioni Accademiche Italiane, 2015

AAVV., Pasottiade, Silvio Pasotti dal 1933, Skira Ed, 2015

BARNABA Debora, White catalogue, White Milano, jan. 2015

AAVV., La Varese che vorrei, 80 contributors, Associazione Parentesi and Lions Club Varese Host Ed, 2014

AAVV., 12 Riflessi, cat. exhibition, Francesco Brioschi Ed, 2014

AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2012

AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. exhibition, 2012

BARNABA Debora, Visioni del vuoto: Varese, Arterigere Ed, 2011

AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2011

IOVINE Sandro, Il Fotografo, Kissing me, magazine, Sprea Ed, 2010

AAVV., Locus animae, rassegna d'arte contemporanea quinto episodio, cat. exhibition, Nextitalia, 2010

AAVV., Artparty, sferica, cat. exhibition, Quir Ed, 2010

AAVV., Circuiti dinamici, cat. exhibition, Seriart Ed, 2010

AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. exhibition, 2010

TOSCANI Oliviero e ALTRI, Santo Spirito, La Sterpaia Ed, 2009

AAVV., Cristalli di Rocca, cat. exhibition, 2008