Carla Badiali biography

Carla Badiali artista

Carla Badiali was an Italian painter active during the 1900s. She was born in Novedrate, in the province of Como, on 9 November 1907, to Rosa Molteni and Ettore Badiali. She spent her childhood in France, where her family had moved for work reasons. In the land beyond the Alps, she dedicated herself to music, studying piano for eight years, and to painting, painting in oils with her father.
Having returned to Como at the age of sixteen, Carla Badiali began attending the Industrial technical institute for silk processing. Here she met Professor Manlio Rho , her drawing professor and painter from Como, one of the greatest Italian exponents of abstract art, who would influence her artistic training. In fact, it was Manlio Rho himself who introduced her to the group of abstractionists from Como, an experience that definitively oriented her towards abstractism.
Throughout her life, Carla Badiali worked both in the design of fabrics and fabrics, mainly for the major silk factories of Como, and in painting.
Carla Badiali's first exhibition, together with the abstractionists of Como, took place in 1936, when the was held at Villa Olmo in Como Exhibition of modern Italian painting. In 1940 she signed up to the "Manifesto of the primordial futurist group Sant'Elia", which led her to exhibit works of art with the group promoting the manifesto itself.
With the beginning of the war, Carla Badiali decided to neglect art to embrace the anti-fascist cause, being arrested in 1945 due to her activity against the regime. She, locked up in the San Vittore prison in Milan, the painter, will resume her fabric design activity once released from prison. Carla Badiali designs fabrics for Italian and international fashion houses, among which Dior and Chanel stand out, and it will only be from '51 that she returns to exhibit her works.
Her activity will continue throughout '51 900, until his death in Como in 1992.