Illy M


About me

I’m a self taught Italian artist born in Milan and currently living in Malta. I grew up in a sunny small village situated on Salento’s Peninsula , in Southern Italy. Drawing and art in general has always been part of who I am and part of how I have expressed myself ever since I was a child. After High School I rooted myself in Milan, where I spent almost twenty years of my life.

Once graduated in Advertising Media and Communication at IULM University of Milan, I worked for a long time in the Advertising/Film Industry and in 2016, I moved with my husband and my two children to the island of Malta, where I live with my family and my frenchie dog Sila.

During a bad period of my life, when my health was at stuck I discovered in the art of painting ”the essential ingredient of my life”.






  • Degree in Advertising Media & Communication at IULM University of Milan


I paint mainly portraits in watercolor, a medium that I love: its transparency, the rapid execution, the consequent spontaneity, the lack of total control, the mistakes as part of the process in some way reflect myself and my way of being: spontaneous, immediate, with no filters.


I explore the fragility of life and the human condition. Most of the characters I paint are fruit of my own mind and I always try to bring out their soul and their own story through their eyes.

Previous exhibitions:

  • 15- 20 December 2020
    Valletta – Malta – Desko Art Gallery -Solo exhibition-  Pop -up Exhibition & Poster Launch ” Illy M x Desko”
  • 11- 25 of November 2020
    Valletta – Malta  Desko Art Gallery  – Group Exhibition  “ Indoors – From Where I Am”
  • 17 -24 of September 2020
    Valletta – Malta – Desko Art Gallery – Group Exhibition – “ Spread the Ink”
  • 23 – 31 of July & 15 – 26 of September 2020
    Athens –  Greece – Artzone  42 Gallery – Group exhibition – “Dream Big III”

Current exhibitions:

  • January 14th –  March 7th 2021
    Valletta – St. James Cavalier Centre for creativity – Group exhibition  – ” Through the People’s Lens: A Quarantine Diary”

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