medina zabo is a visual artist based in italy. graduated at university of perugia in communication studies, presenting a degree dissertation in semiotics, thereafter specialized in new media at ied_european institute of design in rome. she began to exhibit in 2015 during the years of academy; as studying painting, firstly enrolled at fine arts academy pietro vannucci in perugia – awarded with the chen ming merit scholarship by the first year of the course -, and later  at that of rome.

for six years until 2012, she had been working  as a registered journalist (member of national council order of journalists) interested above all in environmental reports and social topics. in that year medina gives up communications field and withdraws to the etrurian country, whole devoting to the artistic pathway.  

interested by years in painting and restoration techniques of the reinassance, the main core of her approach focuses on metamorphosis and  developing phenomena through different stages, as related to social behaviour connections. in 2013 for six months she had been living with a colony of swarming bees in the then dining room of her house. this coexistence has been leading practice and thinking to concern similarities in chemical process of communication and related bugs both in humans’ and bees’ language, out of karl von frisch’ studies (nobel prize, 1973) and notable neuroscientits in the contemporary (menzel’s group biologists).  

she achieved a great interest in steel, as well as competencies and skills in metal working during two artist residencies at beverly pepper studio in todi, sponsored by beverly pepper foundation (in january 2017, concerning the restoration of the sculpture “ascent” in partnership with aba perugia; later in november 2018, setting up activities for the solo exhibition “beverly pepper tra todi e il mondo” curated by massimo mattioli). actually, since the academy, she has been drawn to the formal research in american postwar women sculptors and minimalist art.

working performer for andreco (“the end of anthropocene era”, contemporary art center luigi pecci, prato, february 2017), eliza soroga (re-enactment of “women in agony”, venice, march 2017) and for aram bartholl (“weeping angels” 57th venice biennale, hyper pavilion, may-september 2017); member artist of the international collective sciame-project.

medina lives between etruria and london, mainly works in her studio in castiglione del lago, a wide former chalet style house exclusively dedicated and redesigned in 2012 to  daily artistic practice.  

award winning international o.r.a prize 2018 by the art research

finalist at 13th international art prize laguna, land art section

permanent installation at procura della repubblica, palazzo martorelli orsini, spoleto, perugia, 2017

 solo shows & main exhibitions 

anopticon_ panopticon (trebisonda, contemporary art center perugia) may 2016

opera prima curated by lucilla ragni, sistema museo, spello pinacoteca, july_november 2016

premio nazionale antonio ranocchia (special mention) museo dinamico del laterizio marsciano perugia, may 2017

mimmo paladino and the young artists,  mole vanvitelliana, ancona, curated by museo tattile omero mibact and contemporary art center tactus, june_july 2017

quale futuro shingle22j curated by andrea mingiacchi, forte san gallo, rome, september 2017

use the grand bargain only for current maintenance – duo solo show zabo_moroni perugia, august-september 2017

self- portraits, raw rome art week  medina studio gallery, rome october 2017

brana _ altri mondi curated by andrea baffoni at contemporary art center fuseum, perugia, feb- april 2018

in buono stato, solo exhibition, curva pura gallery, rome, june_ september 2018

dentro e fuori, group show, curated by aba, park of civitella d’arna castle, perugia, august 2018

F-U-T-U-R-A 3018 experimental arts curated by subsculture, site specific performance, porta santi quaranta, treviso, october 

hdemia de rooms collective, de lollis underground, rome, november 2018

arte laguna prize, arsenale of venice, march-april 2019

diversionicurated by davide silvioli, centro luigi di sarro, rome, june 2019

materia prima, curated by michela becchis, featuring curva pura&boccanera gallery, castello aliprandi laifenthurn, trento, june_july

natura naturans, curated by valeria guglielmichiesa di san francesco, cortemilia, cuneo august

paratissima art in the city, by simonetta pavanello and giovanna santoro, art week turin 2019

tempo fermo, by christian ciampoli,  group show online-offline, 16civico, pescara, (to update) 2020

international bad video art festival, curated by natalia monakhova and andrey slaschilin, khodynka gallery,  moscow delayed to october 2020

TTT – Tempo, Terra, Trame di vita, curated by Elisabetta Pozzetti – Mario Turci  meg parma2020 (delayed to october


cam catalogo arte moderna, editrice mondadori 2018, opera prima catalogo, Dg editrice,spello 2016; mimmo paladino e i giovani artisti,cultura e culture senza barriere, museo omero 2017;shingle22j quale futuro, 00042 project anzio 2017; brana mondi paralleli_omaggio a brajo fuso, fabbri editore perugia 2018, arte laguna prize catalogo 2018.19, europrint venezia 2019

living with bees