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Monica Dengo is an Italian American artist and designer. She was born in Italy in 1966 and moved to California in 1993. She teaches in Italy, gives workshops worldwide and periodically gives three month classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has exhibited in Belgium, Italy, Japan, Finland, Pakistan and the United States. She has also participated in public projects, one of her collaborations is a permanent installation at the Mountain View Public Library (California).

Recently she has created the site freehandwriting.net as reference for her students. Her work is also displayed in monicadengo.com and lindareps.com .
She studied graphic design in Venice Italy (1990-1991), bookbinding and calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute in London (1991-1992), figure drawing with Eleanor Dickinson in San Francisco (1993-1996) and medieval miniature and illumination with Thomas Ingmire (1993-1996).


My interest in writing is primarily an interest in the visual communication of gestural, handwritten marks. I believe in writing by hand as a powerful means of expression of our humanity and see the act of writing as an act of marking our existence, a gesture that has deep meaning in itself and not only in connection with the verbal message that it carries. In my teachings I always consider the history of letter forms and the learning of its shapes, as important as the personal handwriting and the gestural marks that everyone desires to make when holding a pen.

All photos in this page are courtesy of Jana Anderson ©

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