Margherita Serra was born in Brescia on 17 May 1943 and has been an active presence on the art scene since the mid-sixties. She lives and works in Brescia and Carrara. After taking her artistic high school diploma, she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara and graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic. Until 1994, she worked as a manager in the Brescia Municipal Council specialising as an architect in the area of private planning, before deciding to resign her post, so as to be able to devote her attentions to her artistic carer on a full-time basis.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Paris-based European group of architects and artists Ligne et Couleur.
In 1987, the Bologna publisher Bora brought out a monograph of her work, edited by Elda Fezzi. In 1990, Angelus Novus of L’Aquila published a monographic catalogue edited by Antonio Gasbarrini. In 1993, Bora published another monograph, this time edited by Luciano Caramel. In 1997, Giorgio Segato presented the catalogue of her exhibition held in the Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Termoli, in the province of Campobasso. On the occasion of the anthological exhibition held at the Civic Gallery of Modern Art in Gallarate in 2000, the monographic catalogue was edited by Luciano Caramel. In 2004, when she held an exhibition at Villa delle Rose in Bologna in partnership with the city’s Gallery of Modern Art (G.A.M.), a monographic catalogue was edited by Martina Corgnati, with critical essays by Luciano Caramel and Gillo Dorfles, and published by Editrice Compositori of Bologna. In 2008, marking her exhibition held in the National Museum at Palazzo Venezia in Rome, the Cominiana Library of Padua published a monographic catalogue edited by Luciano Caramel, with critical essays by Paolo Bolpagni and Luciano Caramel.
In 1999, Margherita Serra won two national competitions organised by the Ministry of Public Works, placing her works of art in the Carabinieri stations in Pavullo, near Modena, and Portici, near Naples. Her other works in public places include the Monument to Nazi Lager Victims in via Vittorio Veneto, Brescia (1979), a Bas-relief in Memory of P. Zini in the church of San Barnaba in Brescia (1987), the Central Altar, Ambo and Ciborium in the church of the Blessed Luigi Palazzolo in Brescia (1991), the Guerreschi Chapel and the Mantegari Chapel in the Vantiniano Cemetery in Brescia (1993), Vital Energy in the Museum of Art and Spirituality in Brescia (1997), now in the Paul VI Collection in Concesio, near Brescia, the Central Altar and Ambo in the church of Sant’Antonio in Salò, near Brescia (1999), Living Cliff in Caorle, near Venice (2000), Sculpture in memory of Elda Fezzi in the Monumental Cemetery in Cremona (2001), the Central Altar, Tabernacle and Presbytery in the Villa Gioiosa Chapel in Castelletto di Brenzone, near Verona (2003), the High Relief of the Holy Family in the Institute of Lesser Sisters of the Holy Family in Venice (2003), the Holy Family in the Madre Fortunata Toniolo Clinic in Bologna (2005), Corsé de Rosalía de Castro in the Costa da Morte Museum of Contemporary Art in Corme, Spain (2010), and Corsetto in Saks New York (2011).
Margherita Serra has taken part in numerous exhibitions and symposia, which have forged her reputation both at home in Italy and internationally. In 1993, the city of Matera gave her a public space in the heritage area of the Sassi, where she could practise and disseminate her art in a setting of unparalleled evocativeness with exhibitions and cultural exchanges.
In the 2000-2001 academic year, a graduation thesis entitled Margherita Serra: the elegant energy of marble was discussed in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.
In 2002, the town of Bernalda made her an honorary citizen for having created a monumental sculptural work, entitled Élan, along the town’s main thoroughfare.
In Trebisacce, in the province of Cosenza, she won the much sought-after award Eunomia in 2004, which is presented to women who are committed to various different areas of social work. Since 2008, she has been an artist member and representative of the national association Marble Women, based in Verona.
In the 2009-2010 academic year, a graduation thesis entitled Precious Bodies: art from body to jewel was discussed in the Catholic University of Milan.
In 2010, she joined the Sculptors’ Guild of New York.
Working in drawings and in sculptures made of bronze, wood, marble and Murano glass, Margherita Serra’s career has been marked by numerous personal and group exhibitions in various cities in Italy and abroad, where she always constitutes a significant benchmark on the contemporary art scene, for the elegance she applies to coaxing her materials to generate evocative effects, pervaded by force and charged with the indispensable urge to transform the material itself into a work of art.