Anita Monoscalco was born in Rome in 1974. She attended the Rome Academy of Fine Arts where she studied drawing techniques and sculptural design. In 1998, she moved to work at the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts and received her Bachelor's degree with a thesis in Art History. Since then she has been creating sculptures, paintings and graphic illustrations for newspapers, as well as participating in many exhibitions and displaying her works in private and public collections. Her paintings highlight the dualism between the outer world and the inner world by depicting female faces as symbolic masks. "All that is profound loves the mask," wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, and her use of mask becomes the means to make visible the invisible, revealing an inner world of ‘light and shadow’ and ‘fear and desire’, rather than simply being an external cover or transformation of the face. Her works are inspired by the female figure in fairy tales and myths, reinvented in a modern and sometimes ironic way. The symbolism hidden in these folk tales becomes a representation of the inner and emotional world, allowing for opportunity to doubt certainties and highlight the complexity of the human soul. The duality between ‘good and evil’ is key in Anita’s paintings, represented by subjects chosen for their archetypal symbolism and the use of colors that melt and blend together to create a liquid, indefinite and incorporeal atmosphere suspended in time and space.