Over the bridge, 2018
Sphinx, 2017
Lombardia: four seasons of beauty, 2017
Expo Tales, 2015
Places, 2012/15
Nudi (with Silvio Pasotti), 2014
Untitled, 2012
Nudes, 2012
Visions of empty: Varese, 2011
The truth, 2011
In the bathroom, 2011
Kissing, 2010
Faithfullness, 2010
Rolling, 2009
His lunch, 2009

Breathe, 2017
Skin, 2015
Suspensions, 2012



    • 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, since her early days, taken part in several collective exhibitions, including “Il paesaggio contemporaneo” (Deodato Arte, Milan, 2012) and “Nonsolocorpisoli” (I Macelli, Florence, 2012).

      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.

      She also works as a fashion photographer and has had her work published in magazines across the world, including L'Officiel, Cosmopolitan, OOB.

    • Solo exhibitions

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


      Selected group exhibitions

    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