History

It all started in 2006 when Clara was born. She was always smiling and sunny but I realized something was wrong.

To make a long, short story, we discovered that Clara had a had a prenatal stroke and consequently a very bad but training in the brain. They gave us little hope of a normal lifeis.

"Madam, your daughter can't organize her brain. Your life will be very difficult. He will not be able to walk, run, speak, imitate ... in short, it will be like a vegetable."

After the initial shock we got to work for give Clara the best life possible.

In 2016 Clara returns to attend painting lessons, ma destroys his early works. Slowly, slowly it begins to express itself with colors, shapes and a beauty that touched the soul. The artistic path he made with Astrid Hohenegger, his first teacher, was fundamental in his art.

In November 2017 I gave Clara a book by Frida Khalo, it was love at first sight. Clara identified with Frida's art and life.

One evening, sitting on the sofa, Clara opened the book on the page where Frida was in New York in her solo show and told me: "Mom, I'd like to have my show in New York, as did Frida "

That night he challenged me and the rest is history!

As a mom and entrepreneur in 2019 I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: to sell my company in its best year for follow my heart and develop this project with all mine emotional, work, marketing and financial resources. I also decided to fulfill an old dream of living in California. Thanks to Clara, who got the visa as an extraordinary artist.

Today Clara and I are partners in this project that besides talking about diversity is inclusion it also talks about women who put themselves out there for reinvent itself, speaks of the hope of chasing a dream and risking everything in something unconventional, it speaks of love and resilience.

Welcome to our world!

Betina Genovesi

If you want to talk to me, write to begenovesi@gmail.com

2021

May
Launch of her second fashion collection "Rise and shine"
Launch of the video 'Rise and shine'

April
Opening of Clara Woods LLC. Clara and Betina become partners in this adventure.

January
Interview with Forbes Italia
Betina is in the list of Magazine F among the 100 women of 2020.

 

2020

December
Recognition of Clara as an extraordinary artist from the United States. Departure for California.

November
Launch of the book 'Voce su tela' inspired by Clara's story. Written by Francesco Ciai, illustrated by Arianna Pisani and published by KM edizioni.

October
Launch of 'Clara Woods Collection' with her first clothing and accessories collection 'Take your passion and make it happen'
Exhibition 'Take your passion and make it happen', Milan
Clara begins her modeling career with an advertisement for Milan

September
Exhibition 'I am back', Florence
Interview with Grazia magazine

July
Clara participates in her first residency in Materia Prima, also frequented by Keith Haring in the 1980s

June
Launch of the documentary "Superabile"
Mythical Interview with Marco Montemagno

February
Exhibition 'Firenze Mia', Florence 

 

2019

December
Exhibition 'Painted Words', Padua
Exhibition 'Clara Woods', Prato

November
Exhibition 'Art Studio 38', Milan
Clara you are recognized by Facebook and Forbes Italy as a reality that is bringing changes in Italy and enters the list together with Bebe Vio, Marco Montemagno, Valentino Rossi, Benedetta Rossi ...

October
Exhibition 'Dreams', London.
Show 'Autodafè'. Meadow
Exhibition 'Painted Word', Monza

September
Exhibition 'The Great Masters', Bologna
Milan Fashion Week exhibition.

August
Exhibition 'Tre in Uno' together with Marco Biscardi and Katsu Ishida, Stia (AR)

July
Exhibition 'Divergences', Florence
Exhibition 'Painted Words', Torre del Lago

May
Exhibition 'Artistic Circle of Arezzo', Arezzo
Exhibition 'Stefani Bessi & Friends', Massa

March
Exhibition "Di Donne in Donna", Como (MI)
Exhibition 'And Art Gallery', Vicenza

February
Launch of the "Solo un gelato" initiative together with other realities to promote a more inclusive world open to diversity.

 

2018

December
Exhibition in Miami, during the week of Art Basel.
First painting sold at auction.

November
Exhibition at the "Textile Museum", Prato.
Launch of the first calendar of Clara's works together with the Claudio Ciai Foundation.
Exhibition 'Officina Matteuci', Faenza

October
First exhibition at a museum. Michelangelo Museum

September
Exhibition in Kobe, Japan. Together with Katsu Ishida, the great Japanese master. Exhibition at 'Le Pavoniere', Prato

August
Exhibition at 'Limonaia del Palagio Fiorentino', Stia (AR)
Exhibition at 'Casa degli Ulivi', Barberino del Mugello (FI)

July
We open the Italian VAT number and Clara becomes the first child to have her own company in Italy. We choose not to have a foundation or association because Clara's artistic value is recognized as such and not always linked to her disability.
Debut of the show "Painted Words" inspired by the story of Clara and conceived by Lavinia Costantino.
Exhibition at 'Walden', Milan.

June
Exhibition at 'ALEA - Contemporary Art Gallery', Rome

May
Collective exhibition in Ostia, Rome.

March
First exhibition in Florence. Clara was 12 years old. Article in the national newspaper 'Il Corriere'. Sold out.