Franz Cerami was born in Naples, where he lives, in 1963.
Since 2011 teach Rethorica and Digital Storytelling of Cultural Heritage at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples.
From 1997 to 2000 he was artistic director of the Monumedia Festival – Multimedia and Cultural Heritage in Naples.
In 1994 he was appointed director of Corto Circuito, a short audiovisual communication festival.
He has created large digital wall paintings in museums such as the Madre in Naples, the Opera House in Yerevan, the Castel dell’Ovo in Naples and in the urban spaces and suburbs of cities such as Naples, Yerevan, San Paolo, where in 2020 he was the author of the installation Remix Portraits for Idalia Brasil and where he exhibited 20 works on paper.
The union between artistic path and technology is the focal point of his works; uses a mixed technique that intertwines classical painting, digital painting and videomapping.
In 2020 and in 2021 he was awarded, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the prestigious appointment of Ambassador of Italian Design in the world.
On the occasion of the International Day of Italian Design 2021, Franz Cerami was invited to a seminar promoted by the Embassy of Italy in Lisbon; speakers at the Seminar, entitled “Lighting Flowers and Pink City” – the narration of urban communities in the work of Franz Cerami, in addition to the artist, the Italian Ambassador in Portugal H.E. Carlo Formosa and the professor Ricardo Campos.
In 2020 he created, for the famous Italian brand Voiello/Barilla, Magica, an installation on the rites, signs and symbols of Naples: a hymn to the magic and mystery of life.
In 2019 he created the work Red Venus on behalf of the Scabec company, a reinterpretation of Aphrodite and Mars, projected onto the bell tower of the Church of Charity in Marcianise;
On behalf of the Municipality of Capri, he creates the urban installation Pink City in Capri, projecting it onto the buildings of the Port: a journey between the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Naples, Rome and Marrakech, St. Paul and St. Petersburg;
he creates Lighting Flowers, in collaboration with the Culture and Art Foundation and the I-Portunus project of the European Union: Lighting Flowers is an urban regeneration project through Videomapping projections in 10 urban suburbs: realized in Naples, Rome, Yerevan, Saint Petersburg, San Paul; it will continue with the cities of Madrid, Palermo and Paris;
produces Remix Portraits, the video mapping installation projected on the facade of Palazzo Partanna in Naples, on behalf of the Unione Industriali and the Acen of Naples.
In 2018 he created, on behalf of Uil Campania, the permanent installation Migrant Sirens: video portraits of migrant women, compared to the Parthenope Siren; he realizes the installation of Mapping Video Limen Portraits, in the courtyard of the Lanificio Borbonico on behalf of the Municipality of Naples and the Dedalus Cooperative; he exhibits Lipstick Portraits at the Royal Palace of Caserta on behalf of the Cyland Media Art Lab of St. Petersburg.
In 2017 he produced Eggs & Skulls, a site specific installation, commissioned by the Madre, Museum of Contemporary Art of Naples.
In 2016 he created the installation Migrant Sirens on behalf of the Municipality of Pietrelcina in collaboration with Scabec and the Campania Region.
In 2015 he designed animated graffiti for Carola Pisaturo’s video clip Dear Breeze.
In 2014 he produced Cam Portraits and Ovo Mapping Faces for the lighting company CiteLume, projected onto the external facade of the Castel dell’Ovo in Naples.