Thank you for your partecipation to the Aquamour Festival!



The  project is sostained by the sea messengers Pierluigi Costa and Lionel Cardin


Artist Collective: more than 30 artists answered the call for the group exhibition on the theme of water at the Italo Bolano Open Air Museum.
Painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramists, all forms of artistic expression are welcome for this water exhibition !
World Water Day Water Contest photography exhibition, sponsored by UNWATER and the European community. Photographer Roberto Ridi, who has been a judge of the contest for several years, will bring to the Italo Bolano Open Air Museum the most beautiful of the award-winning photos over the past four years.
Eizo Sakata, a Japanese painter, coming to the island of Elba for the first time, in artistic residency at the Open Air Museum Italo Bolano, to paint with Elba’s sea water and black ink.

During the Festival it will be possible to follow his progress and when he will present his work on the evening of the closing of the Festival. 



Aquamour documentary: in search of water messengers.

Barbara Albasio and Stéphane Madelin set out to collect testimonies from people, often anonymous, in different parts of the world, to show through concrete and hopeful examples that every citizen can have a positive impact for the preservation of water and nature.



Music is a key element of the Festival, since it is also about waves !

A first concert of world music and Jazz, by French-Brazilian singer Do Montebello accompanied by guitarist Hervé Morisot, will take place Saturday evening, July 30, at the Pisana Fortress in Marciana Alta. 

This will be followed by a musical evening, called Water Cabaret, on August 2 at the Italo Bolano Open Air Museum, where there will be various performances by artists of different styles with their water-themed music and songs. If you would like to participate with your own song, send us an email with your information to sign up.


Art Workshops

The spirit of the Aquamour Festival is to get people to participate as much as possible with experience and creativity. In the calendar you will discover the many initiatives of art and sensory workshops at the Italo Bolano Open Air Museum. Exercise your creativity on the theme of water and become a water messenger.



We have created numerous paths among the sea and the forest, often with artistic touches, in order to celebrate water by being in contact with the Elban sea and nature.


Performances and presentations

Various performances are offered during the festival, such as dances by Elba dancers with Lalita’s works and various presentations on the theme of water: passionate people coming to share their passion for the sea, lighthouses and whales, or coming to tell us how wines are aged in amphorae under the sea and more.



Let’s listen to the festival’s artists, some who have come from far away for the Festival, tell us how they are becoming messengers of water with their art, raising awareness of the preciousness of this vital element.


Treasure Hunt

One more excuse to visit the island of Elba! 

Follow the theme of water, art and love by finding 10 treasures marked on the treasure hunt page available here.

A hunt to be done as a team of minimum of 2 people: just take a picture of the 10 treasures indicated in each of the stages and email them to: by midnight August 5.

The first 3 winning teams will receive a prize of fine tea Tea & Tao to be consumed as a team.

Those who would like to have the printed treasure map can pick it up at the Italo Bolano Open Air Museum (hours: Monday 4-8 p.m. – Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m./4-8 p.m.) – The first stop is there! 


Download the treasure map in digital version below.


Photo Contest

This is one way to participate in the festival, even if you can’t come to the island this summer. You have a chance to submit your best photo on the theme of water and win a prize.

On Instagram: Just add to posts with your photos on Instagram both tags


Via Mail: Those who prefer can participate by emailing the photo to:

Prizes: For those in Elba – Acqua dell’Elba perfume.

For those further away: you can win an I Ching on Line session.


‘May Water always irrigate our lands and freely hydrate our bodies, as blood and
Love flow in our veins and enlighten our hearts, for a fertile world and a generous
Barbara Albasio

Festival Program


19:00-21:00 / OPENING

Barbara Albasio,
Alessandra Ribaldone
and Marco Albasio

Welcome greeting –
Artist group exhibition visit.

19:00-21:00 / Dancing with water
inspired veils

Luisa Brandi – Lalita,
Maria Paola Gori and
Elba Danza dancers

Dances among the garden monuments and silk veils reproducing seabeds, made by Lalita.

21:00-21:30 / Geologos

Marta Bravi

Geologos sin Fronteras-Italy-ONLUS Presentation. Experienced almost 20 years of water supply projects in rural communities in Africa and Haiti. In recent years they have also been working on environmental education, with small projects aimed at using recycled materials to create common spaces and objects for public use.

21:30-23:00 / Film Aquamour

Barbara Albasio
Stéphane Madelin

Aquamour documentary: in search of world’s water


10:00-12:30 / Health Walk

Francesco Serra

Enjoying the sea, the forest, and Giuseppe Camerini’s art while tasting tea.

21:30-23:00 / Concert

Do Montebello
and Hervé Morisot

The Franco-Brazilian singer, accompanied by the French guitarist, takes us on a journey with water themed world music and Jazz.


16:00-18:00 / Tea blending

Fabiola Ruggiero

Collective sensory workshop: let’s create Aquamour-inspired tea with art.

• price: 10,00 € / 10 ppl. max


16:00-18:00 / Raku & Tea

Alessandra Ribaldone
Marco Albasio

Fast pottery Raku workshop, making bowls and sea-themed objects, followed by a tea ceremony.

• price: 25,00 € / 12 ppl. max

21:00-23:00 / Amphorae & Wines

Antonio Arrighi

Pictures and explanation of the technique of aging wine in amphorae immersed in the sea. Followed by tasting.


9:00-12:30 / Follow the Water

Valerie Pizzera

Circular route from San Giovanni with a licensed tour guide, visit of Podere San Marco and the Roman Villa of the Caves with archaeologist Laura Pagliantini, Onde Sonore performance in the cistern of the Villa by Francesca Ria, aperitif in the private garden of Podere San Marco with artistic-musical performance.

• price: 25,00 €

22:00-00:00 / Aquatic Cabaret

Séverine Vasselin,
Guillaume and Gilles, Lucile and Louise, Clara Moati

Cabaret with international
singers and musicians as the evening will go on with the opportunity for you to perform your songs and music performances on the aquatic theme, an Aquajam – open mic session!


10:00-11:00 / AquaZen

Barbara Albasio
and Marco Albasio

Body and breath movements to the rhythm of waves between the sea and the woods.

19:30-20:30 / Space to reflect

Francesco Serra

Sharing poems, reading
texts on the theme of water. You are invited to bring your texts and reflections to share
with us.


16:00-18:30 / Kintsukuroi and Tea

Chiara Micalizzi
and Marco Albasio

We will alternate harmoniously between moments of Tea Ceremony and Kintsukuroi, the Japanese art of fixing what is broken by filling the cracks with gold.
Two practices that offer benefits to the body, mind and soul!

• price: 25,00 € / 12 ppl. max

19:30-20:30 / Roundtable Water, Art, Love

Francesco Serra

Debate with various local
and international artists: Eizo Sakata, Roberto Ridi, Cristina Sammarco, Perrine Angly.
The role of the artist as a
messenger of water.


10:00-12:00 / Clean Water Hike

Stéphane Madelin and
Barbara Albasio

Excursion and shoreline
cleanup to the Paolina Rock by canoe, kayak or stand up paddle (SUP).

• price: 18-25 € / 10 ppl. max

21:30 / Water, life,
lighthouses, sea

Antonello Marchese

Projection of naturalistic
images of marine wildlife and sharing of maritime passions and experiences.


10:00 / Labyrinth Lab

Chiara Micalizzi

We will learn to trace a labyrinth in the sand, and
through a metaphorical walk, you will travel in search of answers to your own questions.
Who knows what treasures you will find?

• price: 10,00 € / 10 ppl. max

19:00 / Water works

Eizo Sakata

Presentation of his artwork made with Elba sea water and ink during his residency at the Museum.

19:30 / Closing night

Barbara Albasio,
Alessandra Ribaldone
and Marco Albasio

Photo contest awards and treasure hunt – Charity auction.

21:00-21:30 / Messengers of the Sea

Pierluigi Costa
e Lionel Cardin

Tell us about their philosophy of harmony with the sea.

21:30-23:00 / Film Aquamour

Barbara Albasio
Stéphane Madelin

Aquamour documentary: insearch of world’s water


16:00-19:00 / Nel blu dipinto di blu

Valerie Pizzera

A boat ride to discover the places and history of Jacques Mayol.
Wrapped in stories about the color BLUE we will immerse ourselves in live music with Daniela Soria, Francesco Porro and Massimo Galli and be
captivated by Gemma Messori’s reading. Finally, at sunset, we will dive into a very cool aperitif
of the color of the sea.

• price: 40,00 € / 45 ppl. max

Eventi permanenti

Multiple Artists Exhibition World Water Day Photos

Tasting of typical Elban products by Valter Giuliani
15€ per person

With prizes awarded

With prizes awarded


Event locations

Open Air Museum Italo Bolano / Portoferraio / Procchio / Marciana / San Giovanni / Marina di Campo

Focus on some artists

Eizo Sakata

A Paris-based Japanese visual artist, he paints with black ink and seawater from all over the world, according to an experimental and poetic process, with a gentleness of small movements that emerge and the wonders that chance reserves.

Do Montebello

A sunny, moving and committed artist through her albums ‘Adamah’ and ‘Birdy Heart,’ Do Montebello enchants the audience at the festivals where she performs. Toninho Horta, with whom she has recorded, said of her that “her voice is an inspiration to those who accompany her.” For the AQUAMOUR Festival on the island of Elba, accompanied by the guitar of Hervé Morisot, Do Montebello will sing of the Earth, the Sea, and the preciousness of Water in connection to Humans.

Roberto Ridi

Elban, professional photographer, explorer of different techniques and shooting methods, becomes a narrator of images of many places as well as of his island told through solo exhibitions and publications in many magazines and photo books. He boasts numerous collaborations and for the past four years he has been a judge of the international World Water Day Photo Contest endorsed by UNWATER and the European Community. He will bring us the most beautiful award-winning photos at the Aquamour Festival exhibition.

Perrine Angly

After an artist residency on Vancouver Island in 2009 where Perrine Angly had the privilege of working with Victor Reece, she felt the need to pay homage to Water by creating archetypal ephemeral forms to place on its surface. Through her mandalas, she questions Water’s ability to receive external influences and to memorize what is happening in its surroundings.

Cristina Sammarco

Born in Paris in 1977. An engineer, she followed her passion, graduating in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. She has lived in Milan, Rome and ten years ago she moved to her beloved island of Elba, where she currently lives and works as a visual artist. In recent years she has put her artistic activity side by side with her teaching. She never stops being inspired by salt and wind.

Luciano Regoli

Luciano Regoli, portrait painter, has toured the world performing portraits of famous personalities. Since the 1980s he has resided and worked on the island of Elba, where he founded the Valle di Lazzaro School, which aims to return to and to safeguard figurative painting through a teaching that respects the artistic, ethical, moral and universal values of Great European Painting. In recent years he has devoted himself to sacred painting and the writing of his forthcoming Treatise
on Painting.

Italo Bolano

(Portoferraio 1936 – Prato 2020) Italo Bolano, born in Elba, studied art in Florence and taught drawing and art history in state schools. He traveled to various countries around the world.

His painting has moved from figurative expressionism to abstract expressionism. In a green valley on the outskirts of Portoferraio, Bolano since 1964 has created the Open Air Museum art park, 30 monuments in harmony with Mediterranean nature.

20 of his works in ceramic, steel and dallas glass are scattered around the island, and make up the Expanded Museum of Modern Art of the Island of Elba. At Forte Falcone (Portoferraio)
he has donated a museum of his ceramics to the municipality. His works are exhibited in Italy and in Europe.

Belinda Biancotti

She is a young artist from Elba, painting all her life. Hers are “portraits of the soul.” In fact, Belinda loves to portray her characters by highlighting salient features of the personality of those she portrays. She says of herself, “I paint to bring to light the potential present in each person so that they become aware that they have within themselves all the resources to realize their dreams.”

Open Air Museum

The Open Air Museum is a historic contemporary art museum conceived and created by Elban artist Italo Bolano in 1964, an international crossroads of art and culture, now a dynamic place ready to welcome artists and the public thanks to the many initiatives offered. It is also a place where man, having known his limits, seeks an encounter with his fellows and, meditating on nature and art, can initiate himself into knowledge

Other Artists

Slide to see them all

Her painting, between dream, music and metaphysics A simple, almost transparent and flowing painter, she seems to fly into the painting to fantasize. In her painting, things, landscapes and characters speak in unison, never a screech; she is a figurative artist, but I would also say abstract in the sense of "ex tracting" images from reality; in fact, the images are never contaminated by a visual reality that often makes us suffer or even weep. It is a painting of love for nature, of a quest that will always remain unfinished because it will never end. To enter Laura's painting one must "take off one's shoes" and slowly dream as if by magic (Italo Bolano)

Laura Ballini Memorie dell'acqua
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A native of Crema, she too has succumbed to the allure of the Island for many years. With an important past of studies at the Brera Academy, exhibitions held in various cities on the "continent" and teaching at Groppelli, she has not "retired" to the Island but can be said to have found, perhaps, a new springtime of creativity and artistic freedom on it. Here she has been able to indulge in one of the artistic disciplines she loves best, installations, to give social meaning to her work. In recent years she has tried her hand at reworking the ancient form of the pentagonododecahedron, linked both to the figure of Cosimo Primo, founder of Cosmopoli, the present-day Portoferraio, and to pyrite, Elba's mineral par excellence. These forms are made from recycled material to also affirm the sense of recovery of objects that would be discarded and thus regain artistic dignity.

Francesca Groppelli Groppelli - Onde
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Antonella Avataneo, born in Piedmont, settled in Elba, Portoferraio, where, in collaboration with Belinda Biancotti, she opened the Atelier Wip Gallery in which she works intensively in the field of art, both as an artist and as a teacher. Always curious to experiment, she has explored many techniques, from painting to plastic, always striving to express new sensations and concepts. In 2017, she moved to Elba Island, creating an art workshop at home and collaborates with some artists residing on the island with projects that are still evolving. Over the years she participates in group shows, solo shows and national and international with numerous favorable reviews. Her latest experiments are ephemeral installations,often used as site-specific theater sets.

Antonella Avataneo La Dea del mare
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Born in Turin, she has lived in Elba for many years, which for her is the true source of spiritual nourishment for her artistic creations. For some time she has been working on a project, "The Elba of the Wind Roses: a theme that I have been delving into for some years," says Blin, "and which has allowed me to create more than 200 Wind Roses both indoor and outdoor on private homes and hotels. In this exhibition, the artist is exhibiting a work inspired by sailing and wind. Barbara is a classic and refined artist who introduces into her works the freshness of the Elban breezes, combined with a long experience and study of this subject, the roses of the winds precisely, which draw their origin from the mists of time.

Barbara Pastore Blin Vascelli nel vento
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He is not Elban by birth but has now become one by adoption, now for more than 20 years. His interest in the Visual Arts began with Photography, which he has always practiced after graduating from the " Riccardo BAUER " School of Professional Photography in Milan. He has worked professionally for magazines and advertising agencies and taught Photography in secondary and post-secondary schools . After moving to Elba in 2014, he also approached painting, participating in various group exhibitions. He has currently moved to Marina di Campo where he is opening an atelier. His works are on paper and he mainly uses a mixed technique of watercolor , acrylic , chalks and pencils .

Tito Casartelli Tempesta - Trittico
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Maria Grazia Biagi was born in Marradi, in the heart of the Tuscan Apennines, and then moved to Florence with her family where, in 1978, at the Academy of Fine Arts, she earned a diploma in painting. The artist currently lives and works in Florence, but regularly visits Elba, a source of inspiration with its rocks and seas. Following a first season, studded with group exhibitions and mainly dedicated to the two-dimensional, after meeting with the artist Ariana Griva, Biagi approached the Raku technique: an ancient Japanese discipline where, to the direct shaping of a refractory earth, is interpenetrated a firing of materials at high temperature. In her works, the fusion of the tactility of the earth, left exposed in its nakedness, with areas and surfaces of enameled richness, becomes a trace of a movement within the form itself.

Maria Grazia Biagi Sirena
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For Marta, painting is a dream, a world longed for but never fully achieved throughout her life. Her past as a restorer of works, by necessity of work and family, led her to come to touch with techniques and ways of painting of other artists from the more or less recent past. Art, even in this form, for long years satisfied her desire to try her hand at canvases, paints and brushes, but the desire to "create" works of her own has never abandoned her. Now that she has reached her "second youth" and freer from work and "duty" commitments Marta is embarking on a new artistic adventure that leads her to "create," unrestricted by forms and preconceptions, certainly more fulfilled and free.

Marta Carlesi Naufragio
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Modenese by birth Lucia considers Elba her true home. A sensitive soul, respectful of all creatures and the truest feelings, she inevitably approached painting late; hers is almost an "adult vocation," to make a comparison with a true "call" that color and her surroundings have worked on her. She collaborated with various painting associations first in the Modena area and, since moving to Elba, has exhibited in various group shows on the island as well. Hers is a richly colored, instinctive painting and she proudly claims, as her school of choice, the Open Air Museum and her Teacher Italo Bolano, who followed her for a number of years. From this teaching Lucia drew this thought: "... mine is an art that instantly expresses the expressive charges of the unconscious, which must then be controlled by reason."

Lucia Leopardi Isola Lontana
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An Elban doc, born in Portoferraio, Palmieri spent many working years off the island, which he never forgot as only an islander can. So much so that, having concluded his working cycle, he recently returned there, like a modern Ulysses to his Ithaca. A scholar of literature, art and history, he has also written numerous volumes on Elban history. Passionate about photography, which he has always cultivated to the highest level, he has organized many exhibitions in different regions of Italy and on Elba, most recently "Verso Dove" this past year, in San Piero ( here on Elba) an affectionate and moving tribute to the artist Italo Bolano, who was also his teacher when he was very young. Giampiero is a lover of the particular, which he loves to elect as a subject, extrapolating it from the whole without distorting the general, almost flashes that excite and involve.

Giampiero Palmieri Sull'acqua
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Endless times Giuseppe Camerini, Milanese by birth but Elban by adoption, has walked the much-loved roads of Elba Island, paths dear enough to inspire him for poetic compositions, books, sculptures, reflections: every portion of Elba's land has been an opportunity to give life to art creations. His works, in Procchio's Guardiola Park, reveal the precious legacy of an eclectic, shy and generous individual who lived respecting nature, guarding its secrets. Much more would be written for a Man-Artist who left us, always too soon: we remember him with one of his works celebrating the blue, which is sky, air, water, infinity.

Giuseppe Camerini Mare e Mare
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She is a French artist living and working in Paris. Through her cosmic-inspired works, she activates specific devices to interrogate man's view of the world, his place in it and the ties that unite him to the universe. These small formats says the artist, are part of my work that explores the five elements including water. In 'Flux' I express the very energy that flows like water, from the body to the support (canvas, paper...). In this series I question this 'water that we are made of and invite everyone to feel and become aware that it flows through us.

Béatrice Bissara Série Flux Forme Variation I
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Maria Giusi Canova loves art in all its expressions, from music to painting, photography to film and beyond. This highly developed training and cultural sensitivity has led her to express herself particularly in photography and painting, with long study in both disciplines. Like painting, in photography she continues her surrealistic-symbolic analysis particularly in her "street shots" as immediate and profound as her gaze.

Maria Giusi Canova Movimenti
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Of Antonello one is quick to say what he is not. A multifaceted personality, a publicist journalist and photographer, tour guide and environmental hiking guide, official guide of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, teacher of environmental education and much more. A profound connoisseur of the nature of the Island, for many years he has been illustrating and enhancing, with texts and images, the beauty of the landscapes of Elba and the entire archipelago, highlighting their historical, cultural and naturalistic aspects with numerous collaborations with local and national magazines, many books and illustrated guides on Elba and the Archipelago and exhibitions, not only photographic but also pictorial.

Antonello Marchese Scoglietto
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A graduate in Architecture, Angela Palese lives in Lucca, Italy. Engaged in volunteer work, she works in the social-health field. In 2014 she began her artistic activity, having cultivated a passion for photography since childhood. Her shots have the depth and rigor of graphic lines but reveal a dreamy world, the result of sensitive observation of reality that almost fades into the imaginary. Numerous group and solo exhibitions, present in catalogs and art books.

Angela Palese La Foglia sognante
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They have been working on it all year, Giovanni Pascoli Middle School teachers with class IIB students. They had the support of a ceramist, Prof. Marta Volta, and even a marine biologist, Dr. Patrizia Bonelli. The result was a splendid collage of marine fauna in colorful ceramics, not a figment of the imagination but of sure scientific rigor, which allowed Prof. Alessandra Costiero and Prof. Calandriello to leave a sure educational imprint on these young people, who made the most beautiful "Tribute to the Oceans."

scuola Media Giovanni Pascoli Tributo agli oceani
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Federico Serradimigni is from Elba and loves his land, its crossing every season. He loves nature, art, photography and work, because only with that and passion do you get results. He is convinced that in a world where so much has already been said, in all fields, it is important to find one's own matrix, a trademark that makes one's work recognizable, and he is constantly searching for this... meanwhile he shoots and has been doing so for a lifetime. These photos participated in the 2014-2015 campaign to raise awareness of the problem of plastics and microplastics in the Mediterranean in collaboration with CNR-ISMAR and DLTM.

Federico Serradimigni Stoplastica
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Carlo Albasio, Milanese by birth but Elban by adoption, has long devoted himself to the study of the human figure and that of every living being. Deeply attracted to the organic masses where the physiognomy and anatomy of the body take center stage in the artist's poetics, we can also recognize how much the corporality of the female world is the artist's recurring and most studied subject. In this canvas, she evokes the myth of mother Eve, the parent of humanity and a metaphor for that water of which we are all made.

Carlo Albasio Eva e Adamo
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Luisa Brandi is a true artist "lent" to the legal profession. Always passionate about photography, fashion and the Elban Sea, she thought to bring together these three passions in precious silk fabrics depicting the seabed of the Island that she photographed. The colors of the Sea, its transparencies live of refractions, of shades, of lights in continuous becoming...a spell that has no end. The result is not only dresses of great refinement and sensuality but also spectacular installations such as "L'Eloquio dell'Acqua" in the Church of San Liborio in Marciana in 2018.

Luisa Brandi Lalita Vestiti d'acqua
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"People accustomed to looking at reality through a camera lens, distinguish details that others miss" So says Patrizia Lupi about him. Paolo Calcara knows how to look beyond the particular and manages to "catch the fleeting moment" of a dewdrop, realizing a magical moment. Calcara has also made photography a tool to help others with his project "DivesramenteSani," which later became an NGO, the cancer patients' aid group that deals with the fragility of those going through this disease to accompany them on a path of courage.

Paolo Calcara Labili forme
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Dancers from Elba Danza, the dance school directed by Maria Paola Gori, will perform among the Museum's monuments in Lalita's "water" dresses, creating an evocative combination of grace and beauty.

Elba Danza Danzare con vesti d’acqua
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Painting, Photography, Illustration, Digital Art and more. Daniela Traverso expresses herself in many forms, but always inner torment permeates her expressions. Genoese by birth but Elban now for many years for Daniela expressing herself is a physical, material necessity. "The artist investigates the anxieties of post-modernity by taking to extremes the fundamental hinges that 'hinge' our society"-says Elena Colombo of her- Showing the side hidden behind appearances, she rips off the masks that force the female figure into the stereotype of mute beauty to restore voice and presence to the body, a combination of physicality and emotional symbolism.

Daniela Traverso Lacrima
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As an entrepreneur, hotelier, and promoter of events and historical re-enactments of great resonance and breath Michelangelo revealed his vocation as an artist of the paintbrush, which he had within him since he was a boy. A Capoliverese by birth for generations, he certainly derived his love of art from his homeland. "Painting means releasing one's feelings, one's emotions, one's sensitivity; it means expressing oneself without conditioning," says the artist. The canvas thus becomes a journey, an exploration of the soul, and color the way to represent all this.

Michelangelo Venturini Marina
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Painter and teacher for Enza Viceconte, art is life. Her passion for art began at a very early age, and at a very young age she embarked on a course of study that led her to explore various painting and plastic techniques. With an impressive resume of international exhibitions, in recent years she has specialized in watercolor, particularly the glazing technique, which she masters with unsurpassed mastery. The sea and all its incredible charm is the absolute protagonist of my works," says the artist, "light" the key word of my research.

Enza Viceconte Grotta
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Mauro Visini has always painted, from an early age. As for many artists, for Mauro painting is a necessity, like eating or breathing. "The real application," says Mauro, "came about thanks to Love, from the need to express sensations and moods that I could not have expressed in words and from the urgency to manifest my innermost feelings. He paints as a means of expression, and the pursuit of the same, which has now become an addiction, leads him to always seek new forms of it. He currently devotes himself to spatula painting, a technique he masters with great expressive mastery.

Mauro Visini Senza titolo
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My photographic work is a questioning of the way we look at what surrounds us, and especially the way we project this gaze. The extension of the eye that is the camera helps me highlight fleeting details, sources of inspiration and wonder. I capture the substance of my images in the protean life of water, through its incessant movement. The transparency, the play of light, the colors, the strange graphics on the water's surface challenge my eye and structure my research. I also scrutinize the clouds that induce snapshots and shifting metamorphoses with multiple and fleeting combinations. I draw my sources of inspiration from favorites during my training as a visual artist: Gauguin for color, the Impressionists for their vibrations on the canvas, Vasarely for his play of lines and shades, Soulages for his inner light. I am faithful to them through the almost abstract dimension of my photographs, which brings them closer to a colorful, graphic, luminous and dreamlike painting. My photographic intent: to interrogate and enchant the eye!

Dominique Voge Mélodie en Ô
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Diego Racconi is a versatile Milanese artist who uses various pictorial techniques to express himself. He develops over time a personal research with an abstract geometric style, structuring a cycle of works dedicated to natural elements, using as pictorial code the golden section (PHI), a mathematical relationship that is often found in nature. For the festival Aquamour presents the tapestry painted on fabric "ACQUA" , graphically representing both the importance of spring water as a vital element, through the representation of a waterfall, and the sea and waves, where the ocean represents the element of fundamental importance for the regulation of climate on the planet and for the oxygen we breathe.

Diego Racconi Acqua - arazzo
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Having engaged subjects as diverse as political icons, natural and animal elements and human portrait, his work reproduces emotionally charged pictorial language, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces. These themes are combined into collages that feature a traditional Chinese sketching painted monochrome, juxtaposed on green tea treated paper with iron oxidation, and embellished with uncoated white painted stenciled multilingual text. The color white reinforces the real quality of words, suggests sense of time, and formally connects the disparate parts in each picture. The texts from fragments of poems and cubist paintings provide clues to content and interpretation. I use a variety of different papers and processes in each project with consistent methodology. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work. Each project consists of multiple pieces, in a collage media, grouped around the following themes and meanings: Joss Paper, in representation of Mediterranean symbols; Green Paper, in honor of poetry and alchemy; Stereo Paper, in offering of pagan gods; Date Paper, in praise of the encounters and Metro Paper, in celebration of re-use. He has been collaborating with Legambiente (League for the Environment) for eco-compatible installations in Island of Elba, since 2012.

Riccardo Mazzei La distanza e' un mare, 2021
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Mauro Fontanelli was trained in a unique and personal pictorial language loving figurative and informal. His is the search for a painting where pure and vivid colors are the top priority in his works, in an incessant juxtaposition of the past and modernity of everyday facts in a reality of denunciation and ironic representation.

Mauro Fontanelli Aqua cucumis
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Growing up in the freedom of the Island of Elba, amidst a wilderness full of evocative sounds and colors, Marzia drew her early education from the elements of the landscape and then embarked on academic studies. Marza is an artist whose production thrives on long and extemporaneous times. Each work is the result of deep and slow inner reflection and then translated into essential, linear and symbolic forms. The work in the exhibition was created especially for the Festival.

Marzia Maselli L’Acqua è oro
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Thank You!

Thanks to all the Ulule crowdfunding  partecipants:

Claire Gislon – Axelle Madelin – Aude Mallet – Enzo Piccini – Emmanuel Madelin – Diane Jos – Adria Vallejo – Laurence Boyer – Barbara Lambesis – Margherita Serpi – Guillaume Cravero – Carlo Vallejo – Marianne Rolot – Lucile Grolleau – Federico Barbiellini – Emanuele Giovannetti – Francesco Serra – Audrey Riffaud – Lea Moukanas – Hortense Madelin – Giovanna Marinoni – Angelo Mazzei – Tiziana e Filippo Serra – Jérôme e Geraldine Ricour – Maria Concetta Capua – Jean-Charles 12 – Anmclap75 – Andree Lapenne – Andranzica –  Guzmancatena – M Giai Miniet – JF Wormser – François Charvin – I Landreau – T Wagner – Lucia Leopardi – Monika Puzio – Gilles Maucout – Françoise Pelissier – Emanuele Scorcelletti – Ludovic Cesari – Maja Zimmermann – JDo Ferrucci – Fonseca – Aline Cristiani – Magali Guidasci – Franco Cesari – Fernando Bardini – Sonia Olsen – Françoise Sinoir – Pierre Follet – Denis Gibelin – Jenny Pickman – Martine Uzan – Rosalda Schiavon – Do Montebello

If you are also interested in contributing to the Aquamour festival and allowing us to enhance the positive contributions of so many water messengers you can do so here

Listen in the video below to the message from the friends of the Aquamour Festival and become a messenger of water too


Barbara Albasio

President and founder of Sensi, Ateliers Arts & Sens, co-author of CREATIVE ATTITUDE - Co-founder of Mission Aquamour20 - Water Art & Love

Francesco Serra

Writer and journalist with a degree in political philosophy from the University of Pisa.

Alessandra Ribaldone

President of the Italo Bolano Foundation and head of the Open Air Museum

Marco Albasio

Tea & Tao Co-Founder

Stéphane Madelin

Producer of the Aquamour documenntary. Passionate about the sea and travel

Graphic Design: Deidamia Pelé