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Numero Cromatico’s artistic research is based on the scientific approach to art, with a focus on neuroaesthetics, aesthetic psychology, literature, digital humanities and visual communication.

The members of the collective are researchers with a background in both visual arts and neuroscience.  The artistic practice has evolved into different directions, including painting, environmental installations, artificial intelligence, as well as editorial and curatorial projects, workshops and events. 

Numero Cromatico is also editor of Nodes, the only Italian bilingual publication on neuroaesthetics – now a reference point for artists and researchers worldwide. 

The group is based in Rome, where an experimental space was opened in 2016 to share with the public the artistic and scientific research.

In 2019 Numero Cromatico carried out the first experiment in neuroaesthetics at the Italian art fair ArtVerona and won the award i10 as best independent entity. In the same year, the group was awarded a special mention for the Premio Creature. In 2020 the collective won the Exhibit Program by DGCC MiBACT and the Artribune award for best hybrid space in Italy. In 2021 the group was shortlisted for the Brain Awareness Week promoted by FENS and Dana Foundation, and won: Re:Humanism Art Prize; Abitante, promoted by Virgilio Sieni CNPD; Sala Santa Rita Contemporanea promoted by Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the Italian Council (10th edition) promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

In 2022 the group was shortlisted again for the Brain Awareness Week promoted by FENS and Dana Foundation and is selected by Artribune as one of the 10 best booths of Arte Fiera Bologna. In the same year, they won Premio Taverna by Spazio Taverna and were nominated as Best emerging artist of the year by Exibart.

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Dionigi Mattia Gagliardi

Artist and researcher, founding member

and president of Numero Cromatico and editor-in-chief of Nodes. His research focuses on the psychology of art and neuroaesthetics.

He is a strong promoter of the importance of art theories as the basis for art production.

Since 2016 he has been teaching in academies and he is now Professor at the Quasar Institute for Advanced Design in Rome.

He is also a member of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics and the scientific committee of the Rivista di Psicologia dell’Arte. 


Salvatore Gaetano Chiarella

Artist and researcher, working in the field of cognitive psychology and experimental neuroaesthetics.

Since 2016 with Numero Cromatico and Sapienza Università di Roma he has conducted experimental research on the relationship between selective attention and visual sensory memory. Since 2018 he has been engaged in experimental studies of intersubjective experience. He has a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science and collaborates with the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) - CNR of Rome, University of Allahabad and KU Leuven.


Manuel Focareta

Artist and researcher, working in the field of poetry in relation to new communication technologies.

Over the last few years his research has been focusing on artificial neural networks with the aim of creating texts that are capable of evoking emotions in the viewers on crucial existential themes such as death, love, grief and loss. From 2014 to 2017 he composed poems by using social media and dating apps, actively involving the users. 


Marco Marini

Artist and researcher, working on artistic practices in visual deprivation.

Since 2010 he has been conducting experiments on blindfolded drawing both in Italy and abroad, by engaging with various audiences, from academic institutions to museums. 

He is editor of Nodes, for which he is also responsible for the public relations. 


Giulia Torromino

Researcher, working in the field of biological and phenomenological mechanisms of memory. 

PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience since 2017, she is currently a post-doc at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) 

and the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (IBBC) - CNR of Rome.
She is editor of Nodes and over the last few years she has undertaken research periods in several research centres across the world, such as the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies of the Columbia University in New York.



She was adopted from the ENPA Association of Crotone in December 2018.

She immediately became part of the group – sweet and loving, caresses is all she wants.
Her name is a homage to the Futurist movement.


Luisa Amendola

Researcher, working on projects planning and design, developing workshops and responsible for public relations. 

After taking her degree in Law, in 2013 she obtained a PhD in Protection of Human Rights.

She went on to do artistic studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.


Marianna Rossi

Researcher and designer, she is in charge of  the graphic design of Nodes and the visual identity of Numero Cromatico's events.

She is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in humanities. 

She works in editorial design, illustration, branding and digital story-telling.

She has worked in Italy and the USA. 


Sara Cuono

Artist and researcher, working in the field of photography as a language as well as in relation to the current studies on perception. 

She obtained a BA in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster in London, city where she also worked in the field of art and photography. Currently, she studies the interaction between photographic images and how these work as a stimulus for the production of meaning in the mind of the viewers.


Licia Masi

Researcher, industrial, textile and visual designer.

She is in charge of  the graphic design of Nodes and the visual identity of Numero Cromatico's events.

She studied Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Bari and then Design of Visual and Multimedia Communication at Sapienza Università di Roma. With her thesis “3D Textile Surface” she won the ADI DESIGN INDEX Award “Targa Giovani 2016".

Federica Marenghi

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Federica Marenghi

With a background in Linguistics, during her academic path she took courses in Cultural Studies at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Following her BA in European Languages

and Cultures, she completed a Master's degree

in Management of Artistic and Cultural Resources at the Free University of Languages

and Communication (IULM, Rome branch).

Federica Marenghi


Giulia Pucciarelli

Interior, product and landscape designer, graduated with honours in Habitat Design from the Quasar Institute for Advanced Design in Rome.
She is interested in how the built environment is perceived and inhabited. She is mainly involved in the design of exhibitions and installations, devoting herself to their graphic preview through 3D visualisations and renderings. She is also dedicated to architectural and still life photography for editorial publications and exhibitions.


Fedele di Nunno

Art historian with a contemporary orientation, he is interested in and conducts research on New Media, NFT and virtual. He graduated in History of Contemporary Art at the Federico II University in Naples with a thesis on the relationship between art and video games.

He is currently a graduate student in History of Contemporary Art at La Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis on art in the metaverse and a virtual project for the Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea (MLAC) at La Sapienza.


Samuel Desideri

Filmmaker, composer and sound editor for film productions, he works on audiovisual material, sound design and original music for Numero Cromatico.
He studied Sound Editing at the Gian Maria Volonté School of Cinematographic Art and Audiovisual Theories and Techniques at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome.

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