Gianna Bentivenga was born in 1975 at Stigliano, in the province of Matera.
In 1994 she relocated to Rome and began her artistic training at the Accademia di Belle Arti.
In the same period she was awarded a bursary to study with Ingrid Ledent at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten of Antwerp, Belgium, where she pursued intensive study of engraving techniques. In 2006 she was offered a studio at the Kunsthaus Tacheles of Berlin, where she worked for a few months.
Intrigued by the potentialities of the sign, she chose drawing and copperplate as the expressive means of her language, using both traditional and contemporary methods.
Her interest in how things change over a span of time that might be dilated and evade measurement was an early stimulus for her to experiment with non-traditional techniques connected with moulds, oxidation and means of expressing processes of alteration of matter. Her works can be found in a large number of collections, both in Italy and abroad, including the Albertina in Vienna and the Istituto per la Grafica in Rome.
A lecturer at the Rome University of Fine Arts, Gianna Bentivenga is a founding member of InSigna, an association for the promotion of arts graphics and artists’books, and regularly holds engraving workshops there and at the Opificio della Rosa.