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Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari were born respectively in 1986 and 1984 in Milan, where they live and work. An artistic duo since 2009, one graduated in Industrial Design and the other in Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic before continuing their studies at the IUAV University of Venice.

Some of the most noteworthy representatives of a young generation of Italian artists, Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari begun to work together in 2009 with a desire to develop each of their projects through dialogue and sharing. The multidisciplinary approach that Ornaghi & Prestinari perfected during their training, as well as their interest for design, architecture and art history, have become part of their research. The artists’ work explores the domestic, fragile and intimate dimension of things. Ornaghi & Prestinari’s practice moves between concept and action with a particular attention to the materials and their manipulation. Delicacy, care, time, lightness and irony are the recurring themes of their works.

In 2011 they were selected for the workshop with Massimo Bartolini at the Spinola Banna Foundation for Art and in 2012 they received the Veneto Region Award from the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation. In 2013 they participated in VIR Viafarini-in-residence in Milan. In 2014 they held their first personal exhibition, “Familiare”, at the Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. In 2016 they presented their work at the New York University – Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò inaugurating the cycle of exhibitions dedicated to contemporary Italian art promoted by Magazzino Italian Art. In 2017 they created the public sculpture Philemon and Baucis for the new ArtLine park in CityLife in Milan and exhibit their personal project Grigio Lieve at Casa Morandi/MAMbo in Bologna.In the same year they won a residency at the Carlo Zauli Museum creating a final exhibition at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza. In 2018 Galleria Continua dedicated two more solo exhibitions to them in San Gimignano and at Les Moulins. In the same year they won the Club GAMeC Prize and their work became part of the collection of the GAMeC Museum in Bergamo. In 2021 they opened a solo exhibition, “Toccante”, at Galleria Continua at the hotel, The St. Regis Rome, in Rome. In 2022 one of their works was acquired by the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza and they participated in the Porcelain Biennial in Jingdezhen in China. In the same year they won the competition organized by the “Percent for Art” program of the city of New York to create a series of public sculptures in 2023 in Bush Terminal, Brooklyn. Among the numerous group exhibitions we mention those at Palazzo Reale, Milan 2015; Le Centquatre, Paris, 2015; Pietro Canonica Museum in Villa Borghese, Rome; Arte Continua, Havana, 2016; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, 2016; MAAT, Lisbon, 2018; MIDeC International Museum of Ceramic Design, Cerro di Laveno Mombello, 20018, Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Brussels, 2019; Rocca di Angera, Angera 2020; Fondation d’Entreprise Martell, Cognac, 2020; Ceramic Art Avenue Art Museum, Jingdezhen, 2022; Fondation Villa Datris, Isle-sur-la sorgue, 2022; GAMeC, Bergamo, 2022.


Valentina Ornaghi

2012 MFA Degree in Visual Arts, IUAV, Venice, IT

2009 BA Degree in Industrial design, Politecnico di Milano, IT

2005-2006 Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, IT

Claudio Prestinari

2013 MFA Degree in Landscape Architecture, IUAV, Venice, IT

2008 BA Degree in Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, IT

Study and Teaching


Dynamo Camp, workshop with Dynamo children, San Marcello Pistoiese (PT), IT

Artista X Artista, curated by Estudio Carlos Garaicoa, La Habana, CU


Conversation, curated by Claudia Santeroni, The blank residency, Bergamo, IT

Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l’arte, tutor: Liliana Moro-Mario Airò, Poirino (TO), IT


VIR Viafarini-in-residence, curated by Simone Frangi, Milan, IT

Effetto Venturi, workshop with Gianni Pettena, curated by Peep Hole, Museo del ‘900, Milan, IT


Penso con le mie ginocchia, workshop per la Cattedrale, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan, IT


IUAV visiting professors: Lewiz Baltz, Tania Bruguera, Enrico David, Antoni Muntadas, Francesco Vezzoli, Cesare Pietrosi, Venice, IT


In un luogo imprecisato, opera radiofonica con Liliana Moro, curated by Lelio Aiello, Bologna, IT

Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l’arte, visiting professor: Massimo Bartolini, Poirino (TO), IT

Museo dell’arte italiana in Esilio, workshop with Cesare Pietroiusti, 54° Biennale di Venezia, IT

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Sbilenco, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT


Toccante, Galleria Continua, Roma, IT


Tre Vani, curated by Jessica Bianchera, Spazio Cordis in collaboration with Formigari, Verona, IT


Affiorare, curated by Matilde Galletti, Ex-chiesa di Ognissanti, Fermo, IT


KEEPING THINGS WHOLE, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT

Early Autumn, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, FR


Grigio lieve, Casa Morandi, Bologna, IT

Solo Show, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, IT

STILLE, Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, IT


Ornaghi & Prestinari, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University, New York,  USA

Artista X Artista, Open Studio, La Habana, CU


Amoir Libre, Dedar, Paris, FR

Familiare, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT 


Pentagona: un percorso a Ferrara dopo il terremoto, Palazzo Paradiso- Biblioteca Comunale Ariostea, Ferrara, IT

Selected Group Exhibitions


À toi de faire, ma mignonne, as part of Sophie Calle's Collection inside her solo show, curated by Cécile Godefroy, Musée Picasso, Paris, FRToucher Terre, Espace Monte Cristo, Fondation Villa Datris, Paris, FR

Brand new ancients, curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi and Cecilia Ruggeri, Misk Art Institute, Riyadh, SA

Heavy Rotation Infra-habibi-technics, Lantian Xie mit Aarushi Surana, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Kaushal Sapre, Aasma Tulika, Alla Semenovskaya, Sabih Ahmed, Laura Nitsch, Ornaghi & Prestinari, FRAME, Nanni, 7 Winds, Kunsthalle Bern, CH

Ato (Act), Galleria Continua, Sao Paulo, BR


In the heat, Galleria Continua, Dubai, UAE

Il est ici, jamais ailleurs, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, FR

Il est ici, toujours ailleurs, Galleria Continua, Paris, FR

New wave, Galleria Continua, Dubai, UAE

La Collezione Impermanente #3.0, GAMeC, curated by Sara Fumagalli, Valentina Gervasoni e A. Fabrizia Previtali, Bergamo, IT

Toucher Terre, Fondation Villa Datris, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, FR


In bianco. La porcellana nella ceramica d’arte italiana contemporaneae, International Ceramic Art Biennale, curated by Matteo Zauli and Xiuzhong Zhang, Ceramic Art Avenue Art Museum, Jingdezhen, CN


Nota Bene, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, FR

Passages / Paysages, curated by Roberto Lacarbonara, Palazzo Barbò a Torre Pallavicina (BG),  IT

Intersections, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, FR

Truc à faire, curated by JR, Galleria Continua, Paris, FR


Una Boccata d'Arte, curated by Galleria Continua and Fondazione Elpis, Ex cinema storico, Sant'Agata dei Goti, IT

Places to becurated by Nathalie Viot, Fondation d’entreprise Martell, Cognac, FR

Utopie fantastichecurated by Ilaria Bonacossa, Rocca d’Angera / with Galleria Continua, Angera, IT


Immersione LiberaPalazzina dei Bagni Misteriosi / with Galleria Continua, Milano, IT

Feast of Fools. Bruegel rediscoveredcurated by Luk Lambrecht and Lieze Eeneman, Gaasbeek Castle, Lennik, BE 

Ossessione, Palazzo Monti, Brescia, IT


Eco-Visionaries: Art, Architecture and New Media after the Anthropocene, MAAT, Lisbon, P

Immagini Ombre Idee / Images Shadows Ideas, The Open Box, Milano, IT

Young Italians 1968-2018, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New York, USA

Caducità, MIDeC – Museo Internazionale del Design Ceramico, Cerro di Laveno Mombello, IT

About a Vase, Montelupo Fiorentino, IT

anteprima a palazzo, Palazzo Bernetti Evangelista, Fermo, IT


Mythologies,  Palazzo Palmieri, Monopoli, IT


The Habit of a Foreign Sky, FutureDome, Milan, IT

Full Moon, Voorlinden Museum, Wassenaar, NL

Microonde, The Blank Residency, Bergamo, IT

Substantial, curated by Ginevra Bria, The Open Box, Milan, IT

Artista X Artista (III), curated by Estudio Carlos Garaicoa, La Habana, CU

Homeworks in gita, curated by Samuele Menin, Careof, Milan, IT

Linea del tempo annodata, StudiFestival #2, Milan, IT

YOU + ME = US, Arte Continua, Aguila de Oro, La Habana, CU


ArtLine, curated by Roberto Pinto and Sara Dolfi Agostini, Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT

Talent Prize, Museo Pietro Canonica in Villa Borghese, Rome, IT

Rebuilding the future, curated by Marco Pierini in collaboration with Laura Barreca, Andrea Bruciati and Claudia Loffelholz, Chiesa dei Cavalieri di Malta, Siracusa, IT

Follia Continua! Les 25 ans de GALLERIA CONTINUA, curated by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, Le Centquatre, Paris, FR

Homeworks, Esercizio numero 1, Corso Monforte, Milano, IT

Ever Present Past, Relais La Suvera, Casole d'Elsa (SI), IT

Milano Roma Palermo Torino, StudiFestival #1, Milan, IT


On another scale, curated by Ricardo Sardenberg, GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, IT

Extradelicato 2, via privata Pantelleria, Milan, IT


Come se tutti avessero smesso di respirare nello stesso istante, curated by Lelio Aiello, Zola Predosa (BO), IT

Open studio VIR Viafarini-in-residence, curated by Simone Frangi, Milan, IT

Tutta colpa dell’amore, Premio d’arte città di Treviglio, curated by Sara Fontana, ALT, Alzano Lombardo (BG), IT

Jeune Création Européenne, (November 2012-January) Galerie im traklhaus, Salzburg, AT and  (April-June) Museu Amadeo De Souza Cardoso, Amarante, PR


96ma collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Galleria di San Marco, Venice, IT

Tutta colpa dell’amore, Premio d’arte città di Treviglio, curated by Sara Fontana, Museo della Torre, Treviglio, IT

The Self-Moving Number, curated by Sils project, Duende studios, Rotterdam, NL

Jeune Création Européenne, touring biennal of young artists: (October-November) Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, Pécs, HU; (June-July) GMB - Centre for Contemporary Art, Bratislava, SK; (April-May) Hamburg Kunsthaus, Hamburg, DE; (February-March) KCCC - Klaïpeda Culture Communication Center, Klaïpeda, LT

Extracurricular Activity, curated by Daniele Capra, Superfluo, Padova, IT


Jeune Création Européenne, (October-November) La Fabrique, Mountrouge, FR

Senza Soggetto - Sul fare, workshop by Enrico David, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venice, IT


Il museo immaginario, workshop by Antoni Muntadas, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venice, IT

Cielo di pietra, curated by Francesco Vezzoli, Pietro Rigolo and Claudia Cremonini, Ca d’Oro, Venice, IT


Ogni limite ha una pazienza (Esperienze non lineari del tempo), curated by Cesare Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos, Fondazione Gervasuti, Venice, IT

XIV Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, BJCEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, MK

Quotidiana 09, curated by Teresa Iannotta and Stefania Schiavon, Palazzo Trevisan, Padova, IT




Treccani Arte, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Roma, IT


Artissima Junior, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, Artissima in collaboration with Juventus, Oval Lingotto fiere, Torino, IT


Dynamo Art Factory, Dynamo Camp Onlus, Limestre, IT


Amoir Libre, curated by Antonella Crippa, Dedar showroom in collaboration with Galleria Continua, Paris, FR



Percent for Art program, winner of the contest inded by the Department of Cultural Affair in NY for a public art project in Bush Terminal, Brooklyn, USA


Premio Santa Croce Grafica, hons mention, Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce Sull'Arno, IT


Club GAMeC Prize, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, IT


Under35 prize SIAE/Sillumina, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, IT


Talent Prize, Finalist, Museo Pietro Canonica, Rome, IT


Premio Regione Veneto, 96ma collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, IT


A box of dreams, menzione d’onore, Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice, IT



Siena Residency, curated by Amant Foundation, Chiusure, IT


Residenza d'artista Faenza, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, IT 


Artista X Artista, artist residence curated by Estudio Carlos Garaicoa, La Habana, CU


VIR Viafarini-in-residence, curated by Simone Frangi, Milan, IT


Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, curated by Gail Cochrane, Guido Costa, Poirino, IT

Public collections

Museum Voorlinden, Caldic Collection, Wassenaar, NL

Magazzino Italian Art, Olnick Spanu Collection, New York, USA

Cleveland Clinic Art Collection, Cleveland, USA

GAMeC – Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Bergamo, IT

Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, IT

MIC - Museo internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, IT

Permanent works


Filemone e Bauci, Artline, Milan, IT