Cristiana de Marchi was born in Italy and currently lives and works between Dubai and Beirut. An artist, curator and poet, she was educated at the University of Torino and University of Roma from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours (1994) and a Masters Degree with first class honours (1999). In 2012 she completed the Course in Curatorial Practice, organised by the California College of the Arts, U.S.A. in partnership with Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi.
She has cooperated with several cultural institutions (Cultural Service of the Italian Embassy in Lebanon; Archaeological Museum of Beirut; Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, Archaeology Museum of Sharjah; Tashkeel, Dubai) and given lectures and seminars at both Italian and Lebanese universities and Emirati institutions.
An artist, curator and writer, she conducts a personal artistic and literary research besides publishing articles and essays in catalogues and magazines devoted to contemporary art.
Among her recent curatorial projects, 'The Poetics of Absence' (1x1 gallery, Dubai, 2017), featuring works by 13 local, regional and international artists revolving around issues of memory and belonging disappearance; “A Public Privacy” (Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, 2015), featuring selected emerging artists living in the Gulf Countries, and “MinD/Body” (DUCTAC, Dubai and NYU Abu Dhabi, 2013), a historical show focusing on performance and the use of body in the GCC.