Laura Cesana was born in Rome, spent her childhood in New York City and now lives and works in Portugal. She received a degree in Economics from the University of Rome, a degree in arts from the Escola Superior de Educação pela Arte in Lisbon and an M.A. in Education (specializing in Visual Arts) from Boston University. She studied painting, etching and drawing at the Atelier Livre of the Municipality of Porto Alegre, Brazil, etching at Temple University, in Rome, and drawing at the Art Student’s League in New York City, etc.
She was a teacher at diferent institutions, also at the Magistério Primário, Escola Superior de Educação pela Arte and Escola Superior de Educação (Teacher Training College), in Lisbon. She also created courses related to various forms of expression. At present, besides continuing with her activity as a painter, she gives a volunteer course at a public day center twice a month.
She has also illustrated books and newspaper articles, and held one-woman shows in Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Grand-Duché du Luxembourg, France, Hong-Kong, Macao and U.S.A..
Author of the bilingual book whose title and subtitle are:"JEWISH VESTIGES IN PORTUGAL - travels of a painter" (hard cover, 160 pages, over 116 colored photos of places and reproductions of paintings; text in English and Portuguese, notes, bibliography, index) Lisbon 1997, first edition.. Lisbon: 1998, second edition. ISBN: 972-97370-0-2).
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