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Roberta Poggi: Italy.

When you think of Italy, what comes to mind--the Coliseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, gelatto, pizza and other yummy treats? Those are all very well and good, but what about art?

As you probably know, Italy has a reputation for priceless works of art. Such famous artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli, to name a few, were born in Italy a long time ago. Their artwork remains so incredibly famous that each year millions of people flock to Venice, Florence and Rome, some of Italy's most famous cities, to see their paintings and sculptures.

Even today, Italy is well known and is highly respected as a place for students to study and practice art. Some of the finest universities are located there, and many up and coming artists, young and old, live and work in Italy.

One young artist is 10-year-old Roberta Poggi. Roberta only started painting two years ago, but she is already being recognized for her talent and passion.

She is the only member of her family who's an artist, and she has never had any lessons. She is still exploring and discovering the endless array of methods, techniques and tools that can be used to create art, but oil paints are her favorite. Roberta has never exhibited her work before and enjoys giving her drawings and paintings to her parents and family as gifts.

Think about what tool you like to use most to express your creativity. Is it paint? Clay? Wood? Art can be expressed in so many different ways, and all are unique. If you haven't done so already, next time one of your friends or parents has a birthday, create something special for them using your imagination and favorite art tool. It will mean more to them than anything bought in a store.

Just like you, Roberta goes to school, plays sports and has hobbies. Her favorite subjects are science, literature, gym class and, of course, art class! She loves all different kinds of sports, but her favorite is rugby.

And she sometimes gets hurt and has to spend time in bed. In fact, Roberta created the beautiful painting you see here while in bed for two months recovering from a broken leg. She originally got the idea for the painting from an art contest she had won at her school.

Roberta was actually chosen to be one of the 100 Italian finalists in the Third Arts Olympiad, and she hopes to be one of the two winners selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for ICAF's Festival. Go Roberta!

In the future when she's old enough, Roberta would like to work in the art world and go to art schools in different parts of the world. In the meantime, she's going to keep painting and drawing, going to school, playing rugby and just being a kid, like you!
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