Isabella Monari

Isabella Monari

was born in Bologna and is currently living and working in Rome. Her research focuses on the subject of HUMAN INTERACTIONS, PLAY and SPORT.

The protagonists of her paintings are always the interactions among individuals, often described in an ironic way, highlighting their vices and oddities; other times they are described in an almost dreamy way, in an atmosphere of suspended time. “ The theme of sport – one of the most reccurring – is actually a pretext to talk about what is happening today, and, in the light of the values it teaches, contrast the prevailing individualism”. Through play, the artist offers us a more human dimension in which to live, where “ the fight is only for pretence”, because there are shared rules, fair play and respect for the opponent.

Oil on wood is the technique she prefers. “Wood is a material that lends itself to become an integral part of the background  and characters, effortlessly creating a natural harmony”

Isabella Monari  has studied Foreign Languages and attended the Free School of Nude at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna. She also has a degree in Political Sciences specializing in Sociology. Her academic background has been instrumental to her examination and portrayal of society and human relations.

She’ s currently living in Rome, where she has her art studio.



- National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis USA

- San Salvatore in Lauro Museum, Roma

- Collection of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome

- Modigliani Picture Gallery, Follonica

- CONI ( Italian National Olympic Committee), Rome



- Bologna, D’Azeglio Gallery,  October 2000

- Bologna, Auditorium, June 2001

- Rome, L’Acquario Gallery, May 2003

- Follonica, Modigliani Picture Gallery,  December 2003

- Rome, Paolo Antonacci Gallery,  June  2004

- Bologna, Gnaccarini Gallery, November 2005 

-  Rome, The Foreign Affairs Ministry Club, May 2006

-  Frascati, Aldobrandini Stables Auditorium, December 2008 

- Roma, The Foreign Affairs Ministry Club, June 2013

- Rome, Spazio sette design Gallery, December 2010

- Rome, The Foreign Affairs Ministry Club , June 2013

- Bologna, La Piccola Gallery, October 2014

- Rome, Women in Art Week- Roma Capitale, Emperor Domitian Stadium, March 2015

- Rome, Sallustiana 27 Gallery, May 2015

- Indio, CA - USA, SWAF art fair , January 2016

- Roma Women in Art, Elsa Morante Culture Promotion Center, July 2016

- Laguna Beach, CA – USA, Forest & Ocean Gallery, September 2016

- Roma, Pulcherrima Gallery, December 2017

- Rome, San Salvatore in Lauro Museums, May 2019

- Spoleto, Arco di Druso Gallery, 62nd Festival of Two Worlds, June 2019



- Peking, Olympic Games 2008,  Italian  Pavilion Casa Italia

- Cortina d’Ampezzo, Winter Polo Games,  February 2008

- Bologna, ARTE FIERA 2008,Marescalchi Gallery

- Pescara, XVI Mediterranean Games 2009

- Vancouver,  Winter Olympic Games 2010 , Italian Pavilion

- London, Olympic Games 2012, Italian Pavilion

- Indianapolis USA, National Art Museum of Sport, 2014

- 56th VENICE BIENNIAL, collateral exhibit “Global Village” August 2015



- “Sport as Masters Art”, LUMSA University, Rome, November 2009

- “Art in the Olympics, yesterday and today”, the SCHOOL of SPORT, Italian Olympic Committee, Rome, October 2016

- Polo Audi International Cup 2006 , Rome Polo Club

- Sailing Tour of Italy 2006, Roma Yacht Club

- Roma Horse Racing Award 2006, Capannelle Racecourse

- Fencing International Cup 2008, 4th Ravagnan Trophy , Turin

( Creation of the Work of art used as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize)

- Tennis International Cup 2008, 8th APT Award, Turin

- Polo Openings 2016, Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA, USA



Indianapolis USA - 2nd Prize “Commitment to excellence in Art and Sport” National Art Museum of Sport – Sept.2014



-  San Salvatore in Lauro Museums, Rome

- Collection  of the Italian Ministry of  Foreign Affairs Club 

-  Modigliani Picture Gallery, Follonica

-  National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis USA

- CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) in Rome

-  Youth International Exchanges Office, Bologna City Hall




- “Isabella Monari, Modigliani Picture Gallery”, 2003

    Editor: Parnaso Library . Curator: Gregorio Rossi.  Project: Roberto Sabatelli Museum Director

- “Les jeux sont faits”, 2006

   Editor: Multimedia Artel. Curator: Massimo Gazzè Riccardi. Presentation: Ambassador Umberto Vattani

- “ Sunny days ”, 2015

   Editor: Millennium. Curator: Professor Egidio Maria Eleuteri

- “Relazioni in gioco”, 2019

   Editor: Il Cigno GG Roma. Curator: Caterina Napoleone


- Montepaolo nella storia, 2000

- Fantafiabe, Einaudi Ragazzi Publishers 2002

- Italian Olympic spirit, signs communication from west to east, Turin University, 2008

- Bologna, City Guide, published by Bologna City, 2008

- Commemorative volume for the 70th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Club, Gangemi Publishers, 2009

- Sport in Art, Turin University National Library Publishers, 2009

- Tradition and innovation, the Italian Olympic spirit in London, 2012

- Urbis et Artis, Art and Culture, 2014

- Italien 2e année, Hachette Education,  Paris, 2014

- Images of sport, culture of sport, Italian National Olympic Academy, 2016

- Book cover of the volume “ Teaching to train”  published by CONI  to commemorate the School of Sport  50th anniversary, 2016

- Book cover of  “ Liberi dentro, cambiare è possibile anche in carcere”,  by Infinito Publishers, 2019



Il Messaggero, Corriere della Sera, Il Tempo, Il Giornale, Libero, Italia Sera, Il Corriere Laziale, Leggo, Il Resto del Carlino,  Cavallo Magazine,, Artico Art Magazine,,, Arte.go,



- Public speaker at the Congress “ Art in the Olympics”. Title of the speech : “The artist view” . Giulio Onesti Center for Olympic Training, Rome, October 2016

- Rome Christie’s Auction. Painting “Playing in the blue” , 16 July 2019

Book celebrating the House of Sport 50th anniversary - Boys football match on the beach  100x120 oil on wood
American vintage cars meeting 115x200
Un-communication 85x110 oil on wood
Lucky among women 35x40 oil on wood