Silvia Codignola was a student at Liceo Artistico of Via Ripetta in Rome. She took her degree at the School of Architecture of Rome University La Sapienza in 1989.
From 1984 to 1993 she worked as assistant scenographer to stage and costume designer Luciano Damiani, in Rome’s Teatro dei Documenti, in Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and Arena di Verona, and as a set designer in theatre productions (Rossini Opera Festival, Ravenna in Festival, Teatro Politecnico di Roma).
From 1991 to 2014 she has taught at Rome’s Istituto Europeo di Design, where she directed Scenography courses and taught Life Drawing, Sketching and Scenography courses.
Since 1996 she has displayed her works in Italy and abroad in private galleries and museum.
Codignola’s first personal exhibition was staged in 1996 at art critic Francesco Moschini’s A.M.M. Architettura Arte Moderna gallery, in Rome.
Among her several later activities, in 2003 she competed for “Premio Michetti” (Francavilla al Mare); was invited by Curator Sandra Pinto to exhibit her paintings at Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna; and staged a personal exhibition at Rome’s Temple Gallery, introduced by art critic Lorenza Trucchi.
In 2002-2003 she painted a triptych commissioned for “Il Tempo”, Rome’s daily newspaper. Codignola also realized the preparatory cartoons for Rome’s piazza San Cosimato fountain (built in 2006). In the same year, in a former industrial building in Milan she exhibited the large-size paintings produced during her previous ten years of activity.
In 2011 Silvia was invited at Padiglione Italia of Biennale di Venezia.
In 2017 the daily newspaper “Corriere della Sera” carried Codignola’s portrait of Italian singer Francesco De Gregori, whose latest album, “Sotto il Vulcano”, also featured her cover.
In 2019 she was asked by film director Paolo Sorrentino’s to realize six big paintings for the papal apartments in “The New Pope” HBO series (2019).
“Autobiografia della madre” was her last important personal exhibition held at Rome’s Museo Bilotti, curated by art critic Lea Mattarella and reproduced in the print catalogue published by Quodlibet (2017).
Silvia Codignola has been artist-in-residence at “Cosenza Bocs Art” (2017) and at “I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance studies” (2022).
Codignola works and lives in Rome.