about

“Bright white light fragmented into intensely saturated colors delivers fever dreams of free femininity. “


Born in Rome, Francesca Protopapa is an Italian artist based in Paris since 2004.
She loves to use the name of her favorite sea monster as a nickname: Pistrice.
Her works display a fresh and modern graphic style, painting in bright colors with Posca markers, silkscreen and digital brushwork.
She has a particular fondness for the drawing of people (especially women), capturing their looks, their attitudes, and getting inspired by their experiences and dreams.
Her creations are influenced by love for ancient and modern art as well as for independent cinema. Alongside her activity for press and publishing, she collaborates with associations committed to social justice or gender equality.

She also works as graphic designer on cultural communication projects and notably founded SQUAME in 2011 to promote young illustrators by publishing and exhibitions. From 2016 she collaborates with the artistic direction of ARF! Festival in Rome.


C l i e n t s

BRANDS / FESTIVALS

Fondation L’Oréal – FR
Samsung – FR
La Francaise des jeux – FR
Heineken – FR
Le chocolat des Français – FR
Theresianer – IT
Open House Napoli – IT
Festival des Solidarités – FR
GurYou – IT
Uni-Posca FR
ERCcOMICS – FR
PPPattern – IT
Creative-Cables – IT
Le Palle – IT
OutDoor Festival + Italianism – IT
Amagat Teatre – SP
MNAC Barcellona – SP
Lago Film Festival – IT
D.A.T.E. fashion sneakers – IT
MI AMI music festival – IT
Be my toys Festival – FR

PUBLISHING / MAGAZINES

Madame Figaro – FR
Elle – IT
Les Echos – FR
Mondadori – IT
De Agostini – IT
Calmann-Lévy – FR
Belfond, Presse de la cité – FR
Newton Compton Editori – IT
Piemme – IT
Le N. Magazine Littéraire – FR
Gala – FR
Jacobin – IT
Avantages Magazine – FR
Psychologie magazine – IT
The Psychologist – UK
Fabrique Du Cinéma – IT
Le Particulier – FR
Muze – FR
Overcup Press – US
Octopus Publishing – UK
Racconti Edizioni – IT
Helbling Language – IT
Tunuè edizioni – IT
IdLivre Jeunesse – FR
Sinnos editore – IT

INDIE & ZINE

Squame – FR / IT
Scomodo – IT
Errratum journal – FR
Inuit – IT
Italianism / Illustri – IT
33T Tapirulan – IT
Effe Magazine – IT
Cadillac Magazine- IT
C&B magazine – IT
Tentacoli edizioni – IT
Popper magazine – Latvian
NurAnt magazine – IT


selected by:

▸ Tall Tree of Paris, book by Matt Wagner / Hellion Gallery – US
Le Eccellenze dell’illustrazione II– Regione Lazio – IT
50x50x50 the new italian illustration box – Illustri -IT


E x h i b i t i o n s

SOLO shows

2020
Fauves : Le Scalze – Open House Napoli

2016
Mandragore : SLOW Galerie – Paris

2015
Mujeres : SHObcn Art Gallery – Barcelona

2014
Dangereuses égéries : SLOW Galerie – Paris
 
2011
Children illustrations : Punto Einaudi – Roma

2010 
Bestiario femminile : c.s. Brancaleone – Roma

SELECT GROUP shows

2021
Lök Zine / 10 anni – Bologna

2020
À Bicyclette Galerie Glénat – Paris
Rêves Slow Galerie – Paris

2019
The Chicken Brooklyn Show – New York
Tiger Paper – Mexico City

2018
Matite per Riace – Italy
Love YourSELF –
Festival ARF! Roma
Gallerie Summertime 
, Illustri – Italy
Magari Festival 
Point Ephémère – Paris

2017
Batman, Oscurità e Luce 
: Warner Bros – Italy
New Orleans : Champs-Élysées Festival – Paris

2016
Mystiques Mystères
 : Slow Galerie – Paris
The Tall Tree of Paris : Arts Factory – Paris
Le Chocolat des Français : Sergeant Paper – Paris

2015
Mirrors : Figura-Sfondo – Paris
Cheek to cheek : SLOW Galerie – Paris
33T – Ugo Tognazzi : Tapirulan – Cremona
Italianism / Illustri : OutDoor – Roma
The Big Meal : Chiken&Broccoli + ADI – Milano
Art/ctualié : ArtistikRezo Gallery – Paris
Graphiste : Sacripante Gallery – Roma

2014 – 2008
Faites vos voeux : SLOW Galerie – Paris
NOIR! : Galerie Julien Brugeas – Paris


I N T E R V I E W S / W E B P R E S S / A R T B L O G S

L’Amletico
Marie-Claire Italy
PPPattern: le ragazze del Pistrice
Elita.it / Sensualità a colori
Artctualite / Vénus acidulées
BoumBang
The Chromatic Watch
Le Cool ROMA
Reportage Arf 2019
Quasimagraph / A portrait of il Pistrice
Ziguline : Il Kamasutra secondo Squame
DesignWithLove
Frizzi Frizzi : 10 foto
Picame : Un mostro marino…
IllustrAzione : Chi viene e chi va
Frizzi Frizzi : am il Pistrice
TG3 / Riccardo Corbò : Festival CRACK
Ziguline : italians in Europe