Donatella Marcatajo, born in 1990, is an Italian-based painter.
She’s self-taught and she inherites from her grand-father her painting skills.
She started her artistic path with comics, finding a personal way in watercolors and ink. Some of her works were selected for books illustrations.
Her paintings are focused on the interiority of her soul, getting through and exploring the states of mind against the reality.
She was featured in Beautiful Bizarre 016 issue (2017 March) and in Poets Artists Portrait issue #83 (2017, April).


In my paintings, ​I want to propel the viewer in my own exploration of the soul universe. I’ve always thought that every painting could narrate a unique story, sometimes mine, sometimes inspired by something else, even if it always passes through my lenses. There’s always something to tell, an intrinsic and deep story told through the expressions of my subjects and symbols included on the canvas that could disclose and give my own world in a silent whisper.
My paintings are focused on the interiority of my soul, by getting through and exploring the states of my mind. In this particular moment, I’m trying to investigate the grief and the awareness about the uncontrollable flow of time. I believe that our emotions need to get out in any way we can to not get overwhelmed by them. It’s a process ongoing and I usually be guided only by my personal visions and instinct. I often use titles or quotes of books that inspire me the most or that are accompaning me in this path.

Recent paintings

If you’re interested in the meaning of each work, please look here: Description of works

Small works

Selected Exhibitions

Premio Mestre di Pittura“, exhibition finalist, Centro Culturale Candiani, Mestre, IT, September 18 – October 13, 2019
Award Ceremony, Teatro Toniolo, September 27, 2019
“Epeolatry” Group Exhibition, Auxilium Haus, Oregon, US, 7-30 December, 2018
Gallery exhibition finalist, Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award
Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Australia, 12 – 22 July, 2018
Women Painting Women 5th Annual Exhibition in RJD Gallery, NY
October 7 to November 5, 2017
Art Lab Munich with Galerie Benjamin Eck – September 2, 2017
II Figurative, Portrait & Hyperrealism Festival – Civitavecchia, Italy – September 16-24, 2017
“Red & Black”, group exhibition in Gallery X, Dublin. From December 2nd to 23.
Selected for the SWA (Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries) 2016 exhibition
IPER-Realtà, solo exhibition with Claus Word, Museo del Castello di Castelmola, Italy

“Isole Contemporanee: Japan vs Sicily”, group exhibition, Palazzo Duchi di S. Stefano, Taormina, Italy

“Arte, Ieri Oggi e Domani”, Galerie Unique, Turin, Italy
Padua Art Fair, Padova, Italy
Art Fair, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Group exhibition, Studio 71 Gallery, Palerme, Italy
“IncantArti”, group exhibition, Galleria Domus, Rome, Italy
Group exhibition, Monteleone Gallery, Palerme, Italy

Beautiful Bizarre (016 issue)2017, March
Poets Artists (Portrait issue #83)2017, April
Online publications:
Moments Journal
Supersonic Art
The Curious Brain
Hyperrealism Post
Lyrical Gipsy
Burning Ear
Artists Inspire Artists
Por Amor Al Arte
Art Attacks
Supersonic Art