Cristiana Isoleri was born in Milan, where she lived and worked for most of her career. During her time at Brera Academy, which she attended from 1946 to 1950, she studied under Marino Marini. She also made sculptures as part of a group with Alik Cavaliere, Giancarlo Sangregorio, Aldo Caron, Bianca Orsi and Isa Pizzoni. At the same time, she painted as a student of Funi. In 1951, she decided to leave Italy for Switzerland, where she continued to make sculptures. Since returning to Italy in 1964, she has dedicated herself to painting, a material painting and of reliefs that relate to her previous plastic experience.
MARCH – Exhibition at Schettini gallery in Milan.
OCTOBER – Exhibition at Scudo di Verona gallery. She also starts, under the guidance of Giorgio Upiglio, to make graphics and to publish art books and graphic prints for large companies.
DECEMBER – Presentation of the collection “Per tre concetti di rappresentazione” with three unpublished poems by Roberto Sanesi and three serigraphs by Cristiana Isoleri at Einaudi library of Milan.
APRIL – Exhibition at La Saletta di Taranto gallery. She meets Michel Tapié, who invites her to participate in an exhibition in November at the International Center of Aesthetic Research of Turin.
NOVEMBER – Exhibition at International Center of Aesthetic Research of Turin.
NOVEMBER – The collection “Cinque” is released, published by Il Triangolo, with a presentation by Roberto Sanesi. It includes five etchings and five unpublished poems by five different poets. In Rome, the artist meets Sandro Penna, who gives her several unpublished poems from 1924 and the last (brevi) he wrote.
JUNE – Exhibition at the Arben-Art gallery in Zurich. Presentation by Michel Tapié.
DECEMBER – Presentation of the collection “L’Ombra e la luce” at the Galleria dei bibliofici of Milan with seven poems by Sandro Penna and seven etchings by Cristiana Isoleri. Presentation by the publisher Vanni Scheiwiller.
MARCH – Exhibition at L’Elicottero gallery in Lugano. Presentation by Vanni Scheiwiller and Roberto Sanesi.
MARCH – Exhibition at Fondaco gallery in Messina.
DECEMBER – Presentation of the collection “Il rombo immenso” with two unpublished poems (1924) by Sandro Penna and two engravings by Crisitana Isoleri at theTransart gallery in Milan. Presentation by the publisher Vanni Scheiwiller.
JANUARY – Exhibition at the Grafica dei Greci gallery in Rome. During the exhibition, Cristiana Isoleri meets Raphael Alberti, who is visiting the exhibition and agrees to give her three unpublished poems.
APRIL – Exhibition and presentation of the collection “Cancion del’amor querido” at Michaud gallery in Florence. Poems by Raphael Alberti and etchings by Cristiana Isoleri.
NOVEMBER – Exhibition at Palazzo Sormani, the Milan Municipal library .
APRIL – Exhibition at the Clive Forster gallery in Milan and presentation of the monograph “Cristiana Isoleri, graphic work 1972-1985”, published by Scheiwiller 1987, with texts by Roberto Sanesi, Michel Tapié and Achille Bonito Oliva. Presentation by Vanni Scheiwiller.
APRIL – Graphic art exhibition at the Albenga Municipal Villa.
OCTOBER/DECEMBER – Exhibition at Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. Preface to the exhibition by Alberico Sala.
NOVEMBER – Presentation of the collection “Avviene si trasforma” with three unpublished poems by Mario Luzi and three etchings by Cristiana Isoleri at Einaudi library in Milan. Published by Vanni Scheiwiller.
NOVEMBER – Exhibition at L’Originale gallery in Milan of a series of engravings made from 1972 to 1995 at the print house of Giorgio Upiglio.
MARCH – Presentation of the volume “Taccuinetto”, including three poems by Edoardo Sanguineti and three etchings by Cristiana Isoleri and a note by Roberto Sanesi. Published by Giorgio Upiglio and presented at the Cantonal Library of Lugano. Edoardo Sanguineti held a lecture on poetry and reality “How poetry sees the world” followed by a debate involving Vanni Scheiwiller and Giuseppe Curonici, director of the library.
OCTOBER – Exhibition of graphic works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce in Genoa and presentation of the volume “Taccuinetto”.
APRIL – Exhibition at the Epper Museum in Ascona (Switzerland). Presentation by Gillo Dorfles and Vanni Scheiwiller.
NOVEMBER – Presentation of the “Pepita d’oro” plaquette with poetry by Delfina Provenzali and engravings by Cristiana Isoleri at the Ancient and Modern Library of Milan, published by Crist.Is Art Editions. Presentation by Alessandro Quasimodo.
FEBRUARY – Exhibition at Casa di Raffaello in Urbino.
APRIL – Presentation of the “Nenja” plaquette with poems by Maria Cumani Quasimodo and engravings by Cristiana Isoleri at the Libreria Archivi del ‘900 in Milan, published by Crist.Is Art Editions. Presentation by Alessandro Quasimodo and Giovanna Ferrante.
JUNE – Release of the plaquette “Introduzione a una poesia di Luzi” with an unpublished poem by Elio Fiore and an engraving by Cristiana Isoleri, edited by Crist.Is Art Editions.
NOVEMBER – Release of the plaquette “Amore” with an unpublished poem by Sandro Penna and an engraving by Cristiana Isoleri, published by Crist.Is Art Editions.
JULY – Presentation of the book “Sicilia” with an unpublished young poetry by Salvatore Quasimodo and three engravings by Cristiana Isoleri. Publisher Fabio Nicolodi, at the Hoepli library in Milan.
OCTOBER – Exhibition at the Swiss Cultural Center of Milan of Cristiana Isoleri’s graphic books published by Vanni Scheiwiller. On the same occasion, the book “La Messa sul mondo” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (translation by Salvatore Quasimodo) and an etching by Cristiana Isoleri published by Vanni Scheiwiller are presented. Presentation by Gillo Dorfles and Alessandro Quasimodo.
JANUARY – Exhibition of graphics and collages at Casa Giorgio Cini Institute of Culture in Ferrara
JANUARY – Exhibition at Palazzo della Ragione in Mantua.
APRIL – Exhibition in St. Peter’s in Atrio in Como.
SEPTEMBER – Exhibition at the Silber gallery in Rome.
NOVEMBER – Publishing of the book “Caos”, “a book that includes everything I’ve collected, written, annotated, lived in a lifetime.” Preface by Vincenzo Guarracino.
NOVEMBER – Exhibition of graphics at the Sormani library in Milan. Presentation by Luigi Sansone, curator of the exhibition.