BIO


The pictures of Francesca Pompei concern the photographic matter with great sensitivity and questioning attitude. The images resulting from such a strong connection become frames of a story that attracts and convinces. Paolo Portoghesi, Architect

1978
Born in Rome, Italy

2002-2006
Degree in Photography from the Municipality of Rome

2004
Graduated with Honour in Philosophy from La Sapienza University, Rome

2009
She enters the Italian Association of Professional Photographers-TAU Visual

2010
Photographic commitment for the Vatican City State in order to publish 3 books about the Vatican’s Gardens Le cento Fontane (99+1) del Vaticano, Voll. I-II-III (The one hundred Fountains (99+1) of the Vatican State, Voll. I-II-III)

2013
Since June 2013 she is a photographer of PhotoVogue, selected by the editorial staff of Vogue Italia

Since December she joins the Art+Commerce Agency- PhotoVogue Collection, New York

2014
In January she got certified to UNI, in compliance with National Requirements for both Commercial Photography and Fine Art Photography activity

She is elected in the new board of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers-TAU Visual

In August her works are on screen show at Saatchi Gallery, London

2015
She is invited to join LensCulture website

With the endorsement of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism she has published the photobook Passato Prossimo. Santa Maria della Pietà 1914-2014, realized with De Simone

The report Passato Prossimo is selected for the archives of the Malerba Fund For Photography in Milan

She is invited to join the international architecture website Houzz

2016
She is awarded the Honorable Mention at the competition Oltre le Mura di Roma, directed by Francesco Zizola with the photographic report The Baobab realized with De Simone

She is finalist in the Photographic Art section of the Laguna Art Prize

She is among the winners of the Contemporary Art competition Oltre i libri organised by the Angelica Library in Rome and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage

The report The Baobab is selected for the archives of the Malerba Fund for Photography in Milan

Her works are among the top-rated entries in the Magnum Photography Awards 2016

She is awarded the 3rd place in the Photography and digital graphics category of Celeste Prize

In November 2016 she is committed to document the new Centro Luigi Pecci in Prato

2017
She is selected by the Houzz community among the winners of Best of Houzz 2017- Photography

Her works are awarded the 3rd place in the category Places of PDN-One Life Awards

She is invited to join the contemporary art platform ART UpCLOSE of New York

She is reelected in the new board of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers-TAU Visual

Her name is included in the Art in America’s 2017 Guide to Museums, Galleries and Artists

She is awarded the 1° prize in the Architecture Category of the PhotoPlus Perspectives

2018
She is selected by the Houzz community among the winners of Best of Houzz 2018- Photography

She is selected as a TOP 100 artist 2018 by the Circle Foundation for the Arts-France

Her works are on screen show at the Artexpo New York

She is the first weekly editor’s pick of British Journal of Photography-OpenWalls Arles and she is interviewed by the BJP online

She is invited and awarded at Paratissima Art Fair and she is selected for the event Artrooms Fair London 2019

One of her works is sold in a Christie’s auction for Il Cigno edition

2019
She is selected by the Houzz community among the winners of Best of Houzz 2019- Photography

Her work passes the first round and it is in the top 10% of all entries of the World Press Photo 2019

In May she is charged by La Venaria Reale to realize some photos for the catalogue of the exhibition Viaggio attraverso i Giardini d’Europa

She produces some photos for the Alberta Campitelli’s book Ville e giardini d'Italia tra natura e artificio

She is appointed professor at the Centro Romano di Fotografia e Cinema

2020
She is among the artists selected by the Art Prize and her work is published on Aesthetica Magazine 2020

She is among the artists on show at the Future Now Aesthetica Symposium with Martin Parr and Nadav Kander

She is among the artists selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the Italy’s Republic Day

Her work is published in the book Le Piazze (In)visibili, curated by Marco Delogu

Her work is published on the June issue of AD Architectural Digest-Italia

Her work is acquired by the permanent collection of the Fondazione Dario Mellone, Milan

She is among the artists selected for the PHOTO IS:RAEL’s 8th International Photography Festival

Her work is selected by the editors of the Aesthetica Art Prize

Her work is published on the November issue of Living-Corriere della Sera

2021

She is selected by the Houzz community among the winners of Best of Houzz 2021- Photography

Her work is selected by the Aesthetica Art Prize and is in the top-notch entries of the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2021

She realizes some photos for the press campaign of Libera and her work for the project Le Piazze (in)visibili is on a tour across Europe organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affair

She gives a Lectio Magistralis at the Fine Arts Academy of L'Aquila

She gives a Lectio Magistralis at La Sapienza University, Rome

Her work is published on Future Now Anthology-UK 2021

She is among the artists selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the Italy’s Republic Day

Her work is in the top-notch entries of the LensCulture Critics' Choice 2021 and of the LensCulture Street Photography Award 2021

She is invited to write her own column in the Dodho Magazine

She is the winner of the New Buildings 2021 Prize promoted by the URBAN Photo Awards and Matrix4Design

Trainee experiences

Associated Press Agency internship, advertising campaigns for Sony and Nissan, freelance for the Locarno and Venice Film Festivals, collaboration with the Prospettive Agency for RAIcinema and RAIfiction location shoots, photography supervisor of Numero 5-Non uccidere (Number 5-Don’t kill), directed by Lorenzo Del Re, on show at the Short Film Corner of Cannes Film Festival 2010, collaboration with the architect Paolo Portoghesi for the magazine Abitare La Terra (Dwelling on Earth), shootings and publications for the Vatican City State

She is a professional photographer focused on arts and architectural images

She is a member of PhotoVogue and she is represented by the Art+Commerce Agency- PhotoVogue Collection New York

She is on LensCulture, blink, Dodho, Fondo Malerba per la Fotografia, L’Oeil de la photographie, Saatchi Art, Aesthetica Magazine, All About Photo, OpenEye, Artribune, Artsper, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, Exibart, Marika Magazine, Aeshtetics Of Photography, Iconic Artist Magazine, Perimetro, Artsy and Artnet.

Book presentations

2021

Mythography Vol.1

Aesthetica Anthology: Future Now 2021

2020

Piazze (In)visibili, Punctum 2020

Robotic Men, catalogue

Chromantic-A tribute to Alex Webb, dotART 2020

Aesthetica Anthology: Future Now 2020

Art Festival, catalogue

2019

Viaggio attraverso I Giardini d'Europa da André Le Nôtre a Henry James, La Venaria Reale catalogue

OpenEye- Spécial hiver

Ville e giardini d'Italia tra natura e artificio, Alberta Campitelli, Jaca Books

Mannequins and Puppets, catalogue

All About Photo Awards Magazine 2019 Special Edition

Collection-Pan Arab Luxury Magazine-Summer

Visuali italiane, catalogue

Collection-Pan Arab Luxury Magazine-Winter

Artrooms Fair London 2019, catalogue

2018

Collection-Pan Arab Luxury Magazine-Spring

Making Strange, catalogue

The World Through My Eyes, catalogue

Collection-Pan Arab Luxury Magazine-Autumn

Paratissima Art Fair, catalogue

2017

One Life gallery-Shutterbug magazine

PhotoPlus Expo New York 2017, catalogue

Biennale RomArt 2017, catalogue

2016

Celeste Prize, catalogue

Laguna Art Prize, catalogue

Fondo Malerba per la Fotografia, catalogue

2015

Passato Prossimo. Santa Maria della Pietà 1914-2014, Libreria Fanucci, Rome. Presented by Marco Delogu, Director of Italian Cultural Institute London and the endorsement of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism

2014

FOTOGRAFIA-Festival Internazionale di Roma, catalogue

2011

Le Cento Fontane (99+1) del Vaticano. Presented in the conference hall of the Vatican Museums, Vatican City State

2003

Per le strade di Roma conference hall of the Municipality of Rome

Art Fairs, selective solo and group exhibitions

2021

New Buildings, MetroQuality, Milan. Presented by Matrix4Design during the Fuorisalone of the Milano Design Week

Le Piazze (in)visibili, Centro Foundacion Caja Rioja La Merced. Presented by Marco Delogu

Le Piazze (in)visibili, City Council of Seville. In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute

Le Piazze (in)visibili, Italian Embassy in Tunis. Presented by Marco Delogu

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York Museums Trust

Le Piazze (in)visibili, Lucerna Palace, Prague. In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute

2020

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York Museums Trust

PHOTO IS:RAEL’s 8th International Photography Festival, Tel Aviv

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, St John University, York

Art Festival, United Arab Emirates. Presented by Italia Arte

Chromantic-A tribute to Alex Webb, Trieste. In collaboration with Trieste Photo Days

Robotic Men,Villa Brentano, Milan. In collaboration with Independent artists

Share your time, share your art, Emmeotto Arte, Rome. Presented by Valentina Luzi

2019

Art Fair Paris 2019. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Mannequins and Puppets, Rome. Presented by LoosenArt

Artrooms Fair London 2019, London

Paratissima Talents, Visconti-Sforza Castle, Novara. Presented by the artistic direction of Paratissima

Visuali italiane, Roonee 247, Tokyo. Presented by Fondo Malerba per la Fotografia

2018

Photokina-Perspectives, Cologne. In collaboration with PhotoPlus, New York

Paratissima Art Fair 2018, Turin

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2018, Hong Kong. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Architectural Digest Design Show New York 2018, New York. In collaboration with ART UpCLOSE, New York

Making Strange, Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts Center, Minneapolis

The World Through My Eyes, Pre-Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography Barcellona

2017

PhotoPlus Expo New York 2017. In collaboration with Photokina, New York

Art Busan 2017, Busan. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Artissima 2017– MIIT Museum Turin, Contemporanea exhibition

Art Fair Tokyo 2017, Tokyo. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, ParisWorld Water Day Photo Contest, Seregno-Milan

Biennale RomArt 2017, Stadio di Domiziano, Rome

Le Vie delle Foto Festival, Trieste

2016

Aqua Art Miami 2016, Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, Miami

Affordable Art Fair, New York City 2016. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Celeste Prize, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London

Oltre le Mura di Roma, MACRO-Testaccio, Rome. Curated by Francesco Zizola

Laguna Art Prize, Nappe Arsenale, Venice

Oltre i libri. L’arte del presente incontra i libri del passato, Biblioteca Angelica, Rome

2015

KIAF-Korean International Art Fair 2015, Seoul. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

20°Concorso Nazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Stella, Genoa

Art Fair Tokyo 2015, Tokyo. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Nourishing the optic soul, X ed. Florence Biennale, Spazio Linea, Florence

Naked City Project Festival 2015, Rome

Roma- La mia città solidale, promoted by the Municipality of Rome

2014

Select Fair, Frieze Art Fair New York 2014, New York. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Affordable Art Fair New York City 2014, New York. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

FOTOGRAFIA-Festival Internazionale di Roma- Francesca Pompei e Gianluca De Simone. Passato prossimo. Santa Maria della Pietà 1914-2014. Presented by Marco Delogu and Angelo Tanese

Esposizione Triennale di Arti Visive a Roma 2014, Roma. Presented by Daniele Radini Tedeschi and Philippe Daverio

(e)merge art fair 2014, Washington DC. Presented by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Quarta Rassegna di Arte Contemporanea, Casa dei Carraresi, Italy

Alchemia Galerie, Krakow

2013

Aqua Art Miami 2013, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Miami

They were, They are, They will, Atlantic Gallery, New York. Curated by Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris

Punti di Vista, Pastificio Cerere, Roma, with Simona Ghizzoni, Davide Monteleone, Toni Thorimbert and Tommaso Ausili.

R-evolution, Castello Svevo, Barletta. Curated by Fiof, Fondo Internazionale Orvieto Fotografia

WHO ART YOU?2, Spazio Concept, Milan

Co.Co.Co., Como Contemporary Contest, S. Pietro in Atrio, Como

2012

Miami River International Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Miami

Arte Fiera Bologna 2012, Bologna

Praga Contemporanea- Contemporary Prague, Galleria Brehova, Prague

2011

Le 100 Fontane (99+1) del Vaticano, exclusive solo for Galleria Paolo Antonacci , Rome

Fuori dal Guscio/Sorprese d’artista nell’Italia dei pulcini e Pulcinella, La Fonderia delle Arti, Rome

2010

Borromini e la scoperta della luce, solo, b>gallery, Rome

2010 International Orange Photo Festival, Changsha Government, China

2009

MUSAE, Museo Urbano Sperimentale d’Arte Emergente, European circuit

Le strade di Roma, La città dell’Altra Economia, Rome

Scatti d’acqua, Cappella Farnese di Palazzo d’Accursio, Bologna

2006

Roma e Stoccolma, così lontano, così vicino, Libreria Odradek, Rome