Sofia Fresia

Artist Bio

Sofia Fresia (born in Genoa, 1992) has been studying Painting at the Albertina Academy of Turin since 2015. Surflifesaving athlete and mountain leader, she is interested in social and environmental issues, also with volunteering. She approached art for the first time thanks to a visit to the painting exhibition “The Impressionists and the snow” (2005), from which she gained interest in figurative and landscape painting.

She did not have the opportunity – or rather, “the permission” – to attend artistic studies, so she continued as an autodidact until painting proved to be crucial in facing a long hospital stay. Painting helped her to find again interest in life and to free herself from her ghosts in a sort of rebirth. After graduating in nursing (2014) she decided to enroll in the Albertina Academy in Turin.

In October 2018 she obtained a first level degree with the thesis entitled “Drift and wreck. The art of wreck as a search for salvation “. In this work she addresses the issue of failure and that of the lack of stable references for young people, through images taken from the swimming competitions’ world and recreational pools. After a period of Erasmus + mobility in France at the ESAD Grenoble (February-June 2019), she is currently working at the 2nd level degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin.