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Maria Adele Cipolla was born in 1957 in Palermo, Italy. Having obtained her degree at the ISIA (Superior Institute for the Artistic Industries) in Florence, she returned to Palermo exploring different materials. She worked mainly with papier maché for several years, exhibiting in both personal and group shows. In 1982 she started to work in the teatro stabile Biondo theater, first as a scenic sculptor and then as costume designer. In 1989 she left the Biondo to start her own theatrical costume house, Arteinscena Atelier. She thus collaborated with some of the major theaters in Sicily, including: INDA (National Institute of Ancient Drama, Syracuse): Curculio in June 1991 and Alcesti in May 1992 Taormina Arte: Elektra in September 1992 "Orestiadi" festival in Gibellina: Oedipus Rex in July 1988 and Fu Mattia Pascal in July 1990 The Theater of Messina: Barber of Seville in May 1994 From 1996 to 1999 she was the Costume Designer for the Palermo "Festino", the parade-event celebrating the patron saint, Santa Rosalia. Although the "Festino" dates back to the Baroque period, the celebration rediscovers its original splendor with the editions organized by the Studio Festi of Milan starting in 1995 and followed up by reknowned directors such as Maurizio Scaparro and Jerome Savary. For the 1996 edition of the "Festino" she created seven baroque angels each 2,7m (9') tall that were hung from the baroque gate of Porta Felice, one of Palermo's more important monuments. The group of angels afterwards travelled to other installations, such as the Milan Galleria for Christmas 1999. In parallel, Maria Adele teaches both theory and practice for costumes, sculpture and artistic decoration alike. This activity is primarily with the State Professional Institutes for fashion and garments (IPSIA) and through professional training courses financed by the Sicilian Region and/or the European Union. She also continues her own work as a sculptor using a range of materials (papier maché, ceramics, plaster, resins, ABS, semi-expanded poliurethane, rubber lattice, silicon, salt paste, etc.) and as painter using oil and acrylics, in her private studio in Palermo.