Lisa Nocentini was born in Florence, Italy,  in 1955.

She studied at the Istituto Statale d’Arte di Firenze where she obtained a Diploma in Applied Art and later she studied painting and ceramics at the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Aix-en Provence, France, and at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence.


During her training as a ceramicist she participated in workshops held by potters David Leach, John Colbeck, Sebastian Blackie, Ruth Ann Tudball, Takeshi Yasuda, Giovanni Cimatti, Walter Keeler, Ian Gregory.


From 1978 to 1981 she apprenticed with italian ceramicist Bruno Gambone and at the end of 1981 she set up her own studio in Florence and began producing functional stoneware pottery that she sold to shops and galleries in Italy, Europe and the U.S.A.


Starting from 1993 her work began to evolve towards sculptural ceramics.



As a potter and then as a sculptor, she has participated in exhibitions and competitions throughout Italy, in Germany, Switzerland, Greece and in the U.S.A.


Her pieces can be found in important private collections in Italy and in other countries  (M. Theodorakis, Athens, Greece; Jane Fortune and Bob Hesse, Indianapolis, USA; Mary Beckinsale and Jules Maidoff, Firenze; Cinzia TH Torrini, Roma; Raffaello Monteverde, Roma; Alessandra Borsetti Venier;  etc.) 

She collaborates regularly with  important specialized galleries such as Galleria Arianna Sartori, Mantova, Galleria Davico, Torino, Jules Maidoff Gallery, Florence, Galleria Zerotre, Orvieto, Galleria Gulliver, Marciana Marina (LI), Galleria Techne Contemporanea, Montelupo Fiorentino (Florence), Galleria L’Albero Celeste, S. Gimignano (SI), La Barbagianna, una casa per l’arte contemporanea, Pontassieve (Florence), Galleria Il Fischio, Torino, Galleria Amphisbaena, Modena,




January/Febraury 2015 – Fuggevoli Presenze, Jules Maidoff Gallery, Florence, Italy

October/November 2014 – Fuggevoli Presenze, Galleria Arianna Sartori, Mantova, Italy

March/April 2013 La Biblioteca di Babele, Jules Maidoff Gallery, Florence, Italy

November 2012 – Corteo bizzarro a Palazzo, Sale Fabiani, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy

May/June 2012 - La Biblioteca di Babele, Galleria Davico, Torino, Italy

September 2011 – La Biblioteca di Babele – Galleria Arianna Sartori, Mantova, Italy

January/february 2011Ospiti in locandaHotel Azzi, Locanda degli Artisti, Florence (Italy)

June 2010Immagini da favolaDouble solo exhibition with Brunella Baldi, Spazio Sessantaquattrorosso, Florence (Italy). Curated by Marco Testa and Olivia Turchi.

April 2009 – Le Pensierose, Galleria Archivio – Arianna Sartori, Mantova (Italy)

February 2007 – Installation Do not disturb, Artour-o, Hotel Minerva, Florence (with Fiorenza Pancino), Italy

September 2006 – Sculture  in terracotta, solo exhibition in connection with the presentation of the Artist’s Book -  Abbecedario n. 13,  texts  by Vincenzo Cuomo and Angelo Ricciardi, visual works by Lisa Nocentini, at La Barbagianna, a House for Contemporary Art, Pontassieve (FI), Italy

May 2006 – Memorie in cattività, Galleria Zerotre, Orvieto.

October 2005 Né in cielo né in terra, Showroom Poli,  Firenze.

June 2002 – Novelle di terra,  Showroom Poli, Firenze.

May 2002 – Novelle di terra,  Saci Gallery, Firenze.



October/November 2012 – La Ninfa e la sua Corte, during the Mostra di ceramica Mater in Fuoco, Ex-macello, Padova, Italy

September 2012 – Una storia fantastica, installation during the 52nd Mostra della Ceramica di Castellamonte, Castellamonte (TO), Italy

June 2012 – Opportunità – Galleria 64rosso, Firenze, Italy

May 2012 – Women's – Galleria di Palazzo Coveri, Firenze, Italy

March 2012 – Art is questioning violence, Dogus University, Istanbul, Turkey

July/October 2011 – The Venice Biennale, Section for Tuscany, Villa Bardini, Firenze

June 2010 – Maestri della Ceramica, Fornace Pasquinucci, Capraia-Montelupo Fiorentino (Florence)

January/February 2010 – Grottesco-Surreale-Fantastico, Galleria DAVICO, Torino

September/October 2009 – In ordine sparso, Ristorarte, San Gemini (Terni). Curated by Marco Testa

July August 2009 – Luna e L'Altro – Ambiguità, Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo Alto (FI)

July/ August 2009 – Luna e L'altroArchetipo, Palazzo Panciatichi, Firenze

October 2008 – Silenzi, attese, assenze, Galleria Amphisbaena, Modena

March/June 2008 – CONCRETA 2008, Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo (FI)

September/October 2007 – Toscana: tra terra e mare, Fornace Pasquinucci, Capraia Fiorentina (FI)

July 2007 – Reverie, Galleria Techne, Pietrasanta (LU)

June 2007 – Padre/Padri, La Barbagianna, una casa per l’arte contemporanea, Pontassieve (FI)

March 2007 – Pater, Istituto degli Innocenti, Florence

March 2007 – Mi-art, Milan

December 2006 – Immagina – Reggio Emilia

December 2006 -  Dalla terra al sogno, Museo della Ceramica di Montelupo Fiorentino (FI)

October 2006 – Metametà, Orvieto

September 2006 – Artefiera, Firenze

July-August  2006 – Galleria L’Albero Celeste, San Gimignano (SI).

August 2006 – June 2007 – The SACI Faculty Exhibition, touring exhibition in the USA

June-August 2005 – Galleria Gulliver, Marciana Marina (LI)

May- June 2005 – Galleria Art Shop Stoa, Atene, Grecia

November 2004 – Ora, Galleria Zerotre, Orvieto.

October 2003 – Saci women in the Arts, Saci Gallery, Firenze



Texts on her work have been written by:

Mary Beckinsale, Jules Maidoff, Franco Bertoni,  Daria Filardo, Roberta Bertozzi, Maria Lenti, Emanuele Gaudenzi.


Her work has been published in:

Luna e L'Altro, Morgana Edizioni 2009

NOVECENTO, Ceramiche Italiane, Vol. 3, by Emanuele Gaudenzi, Faenza Editrice, 2008

Archivio, Arianna Sartori Editore, october 2008

Corpo a corpo, Morgana Edizioni, 2008

CONCRETA 2008, Catalogue of the show, 2008

Pater, Morgana Edizioni, 2007

Clayart International Panorama, Artist profiles 2006

Ceramics Monthly, August 2006

Ceramic Review, September/October 2006

Kerameiki Techni,  My modern fairy tales, article by Lisa Nocentini, August 2004.

Ceramic Review,  Sept./Oct. 2002.

Ceramics Monthly, September 2002.


Since 1990 Lisa Nocentini teaches ceramics in Florence at Studio Art Centers International (SACI), an international institution for university level art education. Since 2006 she is Head of the 3-D department.