Italian artist of cosmopolitan origin, Duran works through multiple mediums such as painting, photography, and video art. She began exhibiting in 1990 in collective exhibitions as well as personal ones both in Italy and abroad. Her works are present in both private and public collections.
She is an Art educator.
She is artistic director with Corrado de Grazia of Studio Urbana, Spazio Indipendente di Produzione Culturale, open since 2007 as an exhibition space. She has curated personal and collective exhibitions collaborating with public institutions and art galleries, specializing in art services, catalogues, and art publishing.
About Duran’s work have written many esteemed intellectuals and artists. Among others: Domenico Guzzi, Maria Teresa Benedetti, Ignazio Venafro, Ruggero Savinio, Annelisa Alleva, Marco di Capua, Renato Miracco, Ornella Fazzina, Teresa Macrì, Lele Luzzati, Marco Bechis, Gaston Troiano, Anna Gioioso, Patrizia de Rachewiltz, Massimo Nicotra, Marc Higonnet, Anna Pintus, Amerigo de Agostino, Antonio Sammartano, Darine Raihi, Simona Cirelli, Maria Azahara and Hernando Ibáñez.
WHITE DURAN PROJECT. Ex Cartiera Latina in Rome. Acclaimed by the critic, this monumental exhibition with 180 art works, mainly new, presents Duran’s artistic production from 2016 to 2021.
SERVAE. Icone liquide. Curated by Ignazio Venafro, by Duran White Project and Studio Urbana with the patronage of Valentina Moncada, Fondazione Il Gabbiano, the Italian Embassy of Washington, WithoutBorders Film Festival, Regione Lazio, Archeological Superintendence for fine art and the environment for Rome Metropolitan Area, Provincia di Viterbo e L’Etruria Meridionale, Comune di Santa Marinella, Sala Pyrgi, Castello di Santa Severa (2018).
White. Project and texts by Barbara Duran. Curated by Galerie Metanoia, Paris (2015) – Studio Urbana, Rome (2016)
Panta Rei. Curated by Galerie Metanoia. Project and texts by Barbara Duran. Galerie Metanoia, Paris (2014) – Studio Urbana (2015).
Passages. Curated by Galerie Metanoia. Presentation by Marc Higonnet. Project and texts by Barbara Duran. Galerie Metanoia, Paris (2013) – Studio Urbana, Roma (2015).
Duran. Opere. Curated by Studio Urbana. Texts by Domenico Guzzi, Ruggero Savinio, Patrizia de Rachewiltz, Renato Miracco, Barbara Duran. Studio Urbana, Roma (2012).
Luogo Segreto. Curated by Studio Urbana. Texts by Marco Bechis, Gaston Troiano, Patrizia de Rachewiltz, Barbara Duran. Studio Urbana, Roma – Galleria il Gabbiano, Roma 2012.
Dimora del Tempo. Curated by Pasquale di Loreto e Anna Gioioso, presented by Renato Miracco (director of the Italian Institute of New York) with a poem dedicated by Patrizia de Rachewiltz, Studio Urbana, Roma Avatars Gallery, Sulmona and Polo Museale Civico Diocesano di Sulmona 2009
Vuelo en Refleio, Obras 2006/07. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Asunciòn, Paraguay, 2007. The works are currently exhibited of the permanent collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Asunciòn (Paraguay).
Di Riflesso. Presented by Domenico Guzzi, and with writing by Ruggero Savinio, Studio Urbana. Rome, 2007.
Dicotomie. Exhibition Space in Teatro Furio Camillo with writing dedicated by Rolando Cullucini, Rome, 2004.
Monadi. Paesaggi della memoria. Center for Contemporary Art Luigi di Sarro, presented by Maria Teresa Benedetti, with two poems dedicated by Annalisa Alleva. Rome, 2001.
Racconti Minimi. Presented by Lele Luzzatti at the Galleria dei Serpenti. Rome, 1993.
Infinity Art. International Review curated by Anna Isopo, Arte Borgo Gallery, Sala Prado, University of Madrid, 2021.
Trasversalità e solitudine nel disegno contemporaneo. Curated by Gianluigi Mattia and Anna Isopo, Arte Borgo Gallery. With the patronage of Comune di Roma, 2021.
Restart. Curated by Avatars Sulmona, Sala Avorio, Pratola Peligna (AQ), 2017.
PARADOX. Inaudite sincronie. Curated by Simona Cirelli and Maria Azhara Hermando Ibanez, Torino Esposizioni, 2016.
MagnetikZone. Curated by Amerigo de Agostini, Darine Raihi, Antonio Sammartano, Museo Civico di Torre di Ligny, Trapani, 2016.
ZabART. Curated by Roberto Cumbo and Laura Mocci, with patronage by Roma Capitale and the Portuguese Embassy for the Holy See. Portuguese Institute, Rome, 2016.
Palagiocontemporaneo. Curated by Serenella Dodi and Barbara Duran, Studio Urbana. Rome, 2015.
Euart, Panorama Europa Art Spectrum Miami. Exhibition by invitation, curated by Ilaria Niccolini. Miami, 2014.
Un Seul Grain de Riz, International “Small format” Art Competition. Galerie Metanoia, Paris, 2014 – 2015.
Un Seul Grain de Riz, Graphic Art Competition. Galerie Metanoia, Paris 2013.
Palagiocontemporaneo. International Contemporary Art Exhibition, curated by S. Dodi, Musei Civici / Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti. Palazzo del Podestà, Pescia, (Lucca), 2014.
Ambientarte, International Art Festival. Curated by Massimo Nicotra, Pinacoteca Comunale. Gaeta, 2012.
AR(T)CEVIA, International Art Festival 2011. (personal room), curated by Massimo Nicotra. Arcecia, Serra de’ Conti, Fabriano 2011.
Giostrarte. Young Art in Exhibition. Curated by Pasquale di Loreto and Marco Maiorano. AVATARS GALLERY, Sulmona (AQ) 2008.
Sicilia. Ponte per l’Europa. Participation by invitation to the collective exhibition curated by Ornella Fazzina and the director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York Renato Miracco. Regional Gallery of Palazzo Bellomo, formerly Monastero del Ritiro di Siracusa. Ctalogo Mazzotta, 2007. Ethnographic Russian Museum of St. Petersburg, 2008.
The piece is part of the permanent collection of the Regional Gallery of Contemporary Art,formerly Convent of S. Augustine – Palazzo Bellomo, Siracusa.
MYTHOS. Miti e archetipi nel mare della conoscenza,. Participation by invitation. Curated by Renato Miracco, promoted by the Minister of External Affairs, Cultural Instituion in Athens and realized with the collaboration of the Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta. Catalogo Mazzotta. Athens, Byzantine and Christian Museum; National Gallery of Modern Art of Tirana, Eva Goras & Kathleen Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus 2006/2007.
Jornadas europeas del libro infantil y juvenil, participation by invitation from the Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid. Exhibited works curated by the Italian, French, Switzerland, German Institute, in collaboration with the Frankfurt Exposition and the British Council. During the exhibition the artist lead the seminar on illustration for school-age children Illustrar Racconti Minini, 2004.
Il concerto dell’arte, in Galleria Officina 14, during the Review Poeti in Galleria, curated by G. Manacorda. Rome, 2004.
Performance Scatolone Mobil, curated by Giuseppe Bersani at Associazione Raabe. Rome, 2004.
Sacrosanto. Curated by Mary Angella Schroth in collaboration with the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Roma and the Galleria Sala 1. Rome, 2001. The piece was gifted to the gallery and is now part of the permanent collection.
Premio Pittura 2001. At the Accademia Nazionale of San Luca, selected by the jury composed by Guido Strazza, Ruggero Savinio and Enrico Della Torre. Rome, 2001.
Bicentenario della nascita di G. Rossini. Participation in the collective exhibits in Pesaro Fiere, Galleria dei Serpenti, Rome, curated by Mariano Apa, Rome, Albano Laziale, 1993/94.
Mostra Illustratori, as part of the Exhibition of Children and Young Adult Fiction of Bologna, of the Itabashi Art Museum of Tokyo and other Japanese Museums, 1991.
New Age. Curated by Teresa Macrì and Andrea Enrico Rossi at the gallery Artista Esprit. Rome, 1990.
Video (2016), part of the project by the same name.
Video (2013), part of the project and personal exhibition Passages. The four pieces have been projected as part of the personal exhibition Panta Rei, in Paris, 2014 and in Rome, 2015.
Don’t Leave Me
Video installation (2010) for the Premio Celeste.
La Danza and Vuelo en Refleio, short film in super8 (2006/2007) have been projected in preview in Rome.
Non Mi Lasciare
Medium-length film in super8 and video (2009), with the patronage of Sulmona Cinema, projected in Rome and in Sulmona during the exhibition Dimora del Tempo.
Animation film, created as part of the Corso di Formazione for Animation Techniques for Cinema, presented at the Festival di Lucca, 1982.
Curated the graphic design and editing of the publications of the catalogues of the personal exhibits: Panta Rei (2015), Passages (2015), Luogo Segreto (2012), Dimora del Tempo (2009) Vuelo en Refleio (2007), Di Riflesso (2007), Dichotomie (2004), Monadi. Landscapes of Memory (2001), Racconti Minimi (1993) realized by Studio Urbana and Sallustiana Editions (Rome).
Her poems have been published in the series Contemporary Poets with an introduction by Elio Pecora, Pagine Editore (Rome, 2013).
She has published with the publishing houses:
Datanews, Edup, Emme Editrice, Newton Compton.
2009 – 2016, at Corrado de Grazia’s Photo studio, participating in manual and painting interventions, as a consultant and visual designer for the photographic production of art works.
2009 – 2014, with prof. Renato Miracco, cultural manager of the Italian Embassy in Washington, for research and relationships with museums in Italy and abroad.
2010, with Gaston Troiano for the multi-media project and theatrical exhibition Carthaga with the images and videos of the short film Vuelo en Refleio, Teatro dei Documenti, Rome.
2009, with the Atelier Arts&Sens, by Barbara Albasio, Paris.
2007-2009, with prof. Renato Miracco, director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, for research and relationships with museums in Italy and abroad.
2005 – 2007, assistant to prof. Corrado de Grazie during the MUSEO EN OMBRAS project, leading a seminar on Photographic Technique for Art Catalogues, special lecture on Teories and Perception of Color in Painting and Photography and Techniques and Materials for Artwork. Universidad Catolica e Museo Bogarin di Asunciòn, Paraguay. Istituto Italo Latino-americano of Rome.
2001 – 2006, with Renato Miracco, for exhibition projects and catalogue composition.
2019, Libera Università dell’Autobiografia (LUA), Scuola Triennale di Formazione Mnemosyne, Anghiari, founded by Duccio Demetrio and Saverio Tutino
Consultant in Autobiographical Writing
Expert in Autoanalitic Writing
1999, Accademia di Belle Arti, Galleria Comunale D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Roma – MACRO.
Fine Art Training Refresher Course
1988 – 1989, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Assistant Set Designer
1988, Accademia di Belle Arti
Diploma for the Fine Arts
1982 – 1983, Centro di Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo, Docenti Lele Luzzati e Giulio Giannini, Regione Lazio.
Professional Training in Animation Techniques for Cinema.
Degree in Fine Arts (Architecture)