Claudia Borgna was born in Hamburg, Germany, and raised in Italy. After graduating from Genoa University in foreign literature, she moved to London, where she has been living for over 15 years although lately she has been leading a nomadic life style pursuing her art a bit all over the world.
Claudia has attended several art courses, both practical and theoretical, which have allowed her to experiment with various disciplines, media and techniques, including ceramics, life drawing and painting, sculpture and printmaking. This led to her completion in 2005 of a second degree in Fine Art at the London Metropolitan University. Since then Claudia has been exhibiting in shows in London, around the UK, Berlin, Europe, Mexico and the USA and she has attended fellowship residencies in the USA, Canada and Europe.
She is the recipient of both the Joan Mitchell and the Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner Grant and was awarded the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award as well as the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship Award. In 2009 she was short-listed for the BBC2 documentary: “School of Saatchi” and was voted: The Public Speaks Winner for the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2010. Recently she has also been short-listed and commended for the British Women Artist’s Prize 2010.
Her work entails the investigation of what she calls the “evolution of landscape”, a process started and affected by modern life-styles and consumerism. Her installations are the materialization of an ongoing observation and questioning of how the “plastic” and the natural realms interact with one another and thereby come to create new ephemeral orders. She mainly works with recycled plastic bags, which always travel with her all over the world.