A Portrait of Passion and Pioneering in the Art World

Born in 1978 in the historic heart of Rome, Italy, Alexandra Mazzanti emerges as a discerning art collector and curator, deeply entrenched in the world of creativity. A scion of the noble Hercolani family from Bologna, her heritage imbued her with an intrinsic connection to the evocative realms of 18th and 19th-century art. Raised in an environment steeped in artistic endeavor, nurtured by her mother, Maddalena Di Giacomo, Alexandra cultivated a refined aesthetic sensibility from a tender age.

Her classical education was complemented by hands-on experiences as she honed her skills alongside eminent sculptors and painters in Rome and Venice. This unique blend of formal training and practical exposure soon ushered her into the theatrical world, where she excelled as a scenographer and stage photographer. Her visionary designs graced the stages of prestigious venues such as the Olympic Theatre in Rome and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, capturing the fluid poetry of ballet.

In 2007, amidst an art scene that had grown stagnant, primarily focused on abstract and non-figurative art, Alexandra, alongside her mother Maddalena Di Giacomo, founded the Dorothy Circus Gallery. This initiative was born from a shared vision to rejuvenate the Italian art scene by reintroducing and celebrating international figurative art. The gallery quickly became a beacon for contemporary artistic expressions and a pivotal platform for international artists, championing new artistic trends and offering a resonant space for aesthetic narratives deeply rooted in her personal journey.

Art Dealing and Curatorial Ventures

Alexandra’s foray into art dealing has seen her curate intimate art salons within her residence, providing a nexus for friends and art lovers to commission and engage with contemporary artists. Her explorations of art markets, particularly the vibrant underground scene in Los Angeles, and the Japanese contemporary scene have enriched her collection and broadened her curatorial perspective.

“I’ve made a choice which is to line up a sentimental gallery rather than a commercial gallery the artwork I select is not entertainment but rather a window open on looking over the most personal emotions.”

Travels and Discovery: Embracing Pop Surrealism

Her sojourn in the United States from 2004-2005 was pivotal, marking her enchantment with American Pop Surrealism—a genre that melds classical artistic elements with modern pop culture. This style resonated deeply with Alexandra, setting her apart from the mainstream artistic movements prevalent in Europe at the time. Her deep dive into the Big Eyes Movement and friendships with key figures like Jonathan LeVine have significantly influenced her curatorial approach, expanding her repertoire to include icons like Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Joe Sorren.

“I believe art curating is a mission that requires being aware of the psychological power of the artistic language, and being aware of the revolution that comes with it.”

Championing Female Voices and Social Narratives

Alexandra Mazzanti’s curatorial work is deeply inspired by her studies about the voices of female artists who have historically been underrepresented in the art scene. She has dedicated herself to creating an exhibition space that not only celebrates but also delves into the complexities of womanhood.

By employing ‘female language’ as a philosophical cornerstone, Alexandra’s approach promotes introspection and the art of sentiments, articulated with both bravery and sensitivity. This distinctive narrative framework not only sheds light on the unique experiences and contributions of women but also advances a matriarchal vision that fosters community, understanding, and dialogue.

Alexandra Mazzanti’s journey through the art world is profoundly shaped by her commitment to fostering a sentimental rather than commercial gallery, as she eloquently describes: “I’ve made a choice which is to line up a sentimental gallery rather than a commercial one; the artwork I select is not mere entertainment but rather a window opening onto the most personal emotions.” Her role as owner, director, and sole curator at Dorothy Circus Gallery is not merely about curating art; it’s educational, promoting an ongoing dialogue with history, culture, and the myriad expressions of the human psyche.

Since 2007, Alexandra has personally curated hundreds of solo and group exhibitions featuring artists from all over the world, including several significant institutional and museum projects. She has worked with prominent icons of the Pop Surrealist movement, brought focus to European contemporary art, and spotlighted extraordinary new talents from contemporary Asian art. Her notable projects include “Spray for Your Rights,” “Cross The Streets,” “Color for Action,” “Pop New Pop” at MACRO, Rome, “Pop Surrealism, What a WanderFool World” at Carandente Museum, “Troubles With Angels,” a retrospective of Ray Caesar at Palazzo Saluzzo, and “Lacrima Aquarium” at Casa dell’Archittetura Acquario Romano.

Her experience as a collector and artist advisor from an early career enables her to deeply understand the personal and aesthetic needs and tastes of both collectors and artists. This expertise is reflected in her ability to deepen the link between the origins of a work of art and its enjoyment. Alexandra’s sentimental approach to art is also mirrored in the relationships she fosters with her clientele, blending extensive professional knowledge of the contemporary art market with a knack for anticipating its trends. She excels in sourcing rising talents and established artists, enhancing their careers through thought-provoking exhibitions and positioning valuable artworks in prestigious collections.

Reflecting her deep philosophical commitment to the role of art in society, Alexandra states: “The work of art is, to me, an open investigation reflecting the mystery of the human mind able either to connect us, keep us together or to divide us, as art defines us and in art, we cannot lie. So my philosophy as an art curator is to bring on stage what moves us to wonder, what can be timeless and still mirroring the present while understanding the past and anticipating the future.”

Alexandra goes beyond expertise and aims to share emotions based on elective affinities. She feels a connection with collectors, whether the art has been acquired from her gallery or elsewhere, as if they have embarked on a journey together. For Alexandra, sharing the art collecting experience feels like an extension of a long-standing relationship, connected by a secret, intangible feeling that fosters a special bond only art can create. This connection transforms patrons from strangers to friends with shared memories, underscoring why she selects artists for the gallery program and personal collections with the same care as if choosing for her own.

“The work of art is, to me, an open investigation reflecting the mystery of the human mind able either to connect us to keep us together or to divide us, as art defines us and in art, we cannot lie. So my philosophy as an art curator is to bring on stage what moves us to wonder what can be timeless and still mirroring the present while understanding the past and anticipating the future “

Future Endeavors: The Maddalena Di Giacomo Foundation

Looking ahead, Alexandra is poised to introduce the Maddalena Di Giacomo Foundation in 2026, nestled within the historical grandeur of a Venetian palazzo. This foundation is dedicated to exploring the confluence of ‘Memory’ and ‘Synesthesia’, offering a curated selection of artworks that span centuries. The foundation aims to serve as a cultural nexus, facilitating a dialogue between historical and contemporary art forms through an array of activities including workshops and artist residencies. The inception of the Maddalena Di Giacomo Foundation was catalyzed by the passing of Alexandra’s mother, inspiring a profound commitment to continue their shared legacy.

Now, Alexandra, alongside her three children, is dedicated to advancing this legacy, ensuring that the values and visions they cherished will be perpetuated through the foundation.
The forthcoming Maddalena Di Giacomo Foundation epitomizes Alexandra’s vision—a timeless endeavor that seeks to bridge past and present, inviting audiences to traverse the landscape of art and its profound implications on society. Through her curatorial work and the foundation, Alexandra continues to champion the transformative potential of art, making it accessible and resonant for an ever-widening community.

ADVISORY SERVICES

Being Collector herself and Artist Advisor since her early career, Alexandra Mazzanti is able to deeply understand the personal and aesthetic needs and taste of the collector as well as that of the artist and deepen the link between the Origins of the work of Art and its Fruition. The sentimental approach that AM has with Art is equally reflected in the relationship she has with her clientele and her expertise. She has extensive and professional knowledge of the contemporary art market and by always anticipating its trends, she is both able to source rising talented artists and well known artists to enhance their careers by delivering thought-provoking exhibitions and allocate promising and valuable artworks in prestigious art collections.

AM goes further her expertise and aims to share emotions based on elective affinities. She feels a connection with the collectors who bring art to their homes, wether the art has been acquired from her gallery or not, as if they have just embarked on a journey together. For Alexandra, sharing the art collecting experience feels like having known each other forever. We are all connected by a secret feeling that remains intangible and creates the special bond that only comes with Art. A strong painting has the power to connect us all in different ways, making us no longer strangers, but rather friends with shared memories. This is the reason why AM very carefully selects  the Artists for the gallery programme and for your personal collection as if it was for her own.

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