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Exhibition of illustrations by Valeria Petrone “Creatures of Wonder” – “Illustrazione italiana 2022”

In the context of the series “Illustrazione italiana 2022” thursday May 5th at 6 pm will be launched, in the rooms located at the first floor of our Institute, the exhibition “Creatures of Wonder”, a collection of 23 drawings, 9 paintings and a fine art ceramic piece by Italian illustrator Valeria Petrone.

“Creatures of Wonder” is the second exhibition which will bring to the attention of people in Dublin 5 exhibitions by 6 different artists (5 Italian and one Irish) throughout 2022.

The exhibition “Creatures of Wonder” is free and will be open to the public of the Italian Institute of Culture until June 3rd 2022 on weekdays at the following times: 10-13.00 and 14.30-16.30.

The Artist will be present at the launch.

Free entry with reservation required.



‘Wonder’ is a term befitting the artistic work of Valeria Petrone, because it entails the same sense of childhood awe towards the world and especially the ever-surprising magnificence of nature. This dual register of artistic expression is reflected by the two sections of the exhibition hosted by the Italian Institute of Culture. The artistic journey begins with a series of acrylic portraits on canvas of imaginary women: strong and giving feminine characters who are deeply connected to the forces of nature, both as the animal kingdom and vegetation. In this first section will also be displayed ceramic items.

The second section will display a collection of illustrations taken from some of the numerous children’s books and publications that the author and illustrator has realized throughout the years: animals, gentle monsters, curious and extraordinary creatures rise and come to life, stirring a smile and inviting us to look with eyes and hearts wide open.


Valeria Petrone lives in Milan, but grew up professionally in London, where she began to illustrate her first children’s books. Since 1988 she has published over 40 titles in Italy, the United States, France and Great Britain. Her works range from children’s literature to illustrations for advertising, book covers, packaging, digital apps, animations, newspapers and magazines.

Her work over the years has been selected by the annuals of Society of Illustrators of New York, American Illustration, Communication Arts and has won numerous awards including in 2008 and 2014 the 3×3 Pro Show Annual Gold Medal. In 2015 the Goodnight Dadà app, created in collaboration with Studio Elastico, received the “Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award” and the “Andersen Award”. In 2021 she was awarded the Life Achievement Award by the Italian Autori di Immagini association. She also pursues a career as a painter and her works have been exhibited in Italy and abroad. Among the most recent exhibitions, the 2021 collective “Wave” East Sea International Art Pre-Biennial held in the province of Gangwon and in the city of Donghae, Korea, in 2019 and 2018 “Mixed _Melted, Global Illustration Poster Show” at the Fair of Illustration of Seoul, Korea. “Mukashi, Mukashi” for Images of Fantasy Sàrmede in 2017, W. Women in Italian Design – at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan in 2016 and “Close Up” – at the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive museum in Spoleto in 2015, and two solo exhibitions: in 2011 in Arezzo at the Palazzo Chianini-Vincenzi in 2014 and in Rome in the CR – Art Palazzo Taverna gallery.

Since 2021, her images from the book “A world conceived by mistake”, written by Umberto Sebastiano, have become part of the Farnesina Collection of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Reservation no longer available

  • Organized by: IIC Dublino