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.
Francesca likes to draw women, catch their eye and attitudes, being inspired by their stories and their dreams.  Trained in fine arts and graphic design, she works across media and publishing sectors. Her works display a fresh and modern graphic style, and she paints in bright colors with Posca markers, silkscreen and digital brushwork. Her works, which are frequently focused on the universe of women, are sought out by publishers, magazines, and festivals.

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

Samsung – FR
La Francaise des jeux – FR
Heineken – FR
Le chocolat des Français – 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

Elle – IT
Le N. Magazine Littéraire – FR
Gala – FR
Avantages Magazine – FR
Muze – FR
Psychologie magazine – IT
Belfond – Presse de la cité – FR
Newton Compton Editori – IT
Piemme / Mondandori – IT
Fabrique Du Cinéma – IT
Overcup Press – US
Octopus Publishing – UK
Calmann-Lévy – FR
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

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

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

2018
Matite per Riace – Italy
Love YourSELF – Festival ARF!
Roma
Gallerie Summertime 
, Illustri – Vicenza, 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 Gallery – Cremona
Italianism / Illustri : OutDoor Festival – 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

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