Laura Fiume was born in Urbino, central Italy in 1953. Her education took place in Milan at the Liceo Artistico and at the Polytechnic School of Design. In 1976 she moved to Canzo, near Como where she learned serigraphy, ceramics, and painting from the well known artist Salvatore Fiume, her father.
At the beginning the main subject of her works was that of fishes. She then extended her interest to the wider world of animals, interpreted through a deliberately naïve style and very bright colours.
In 1983 Laura’s works were exhibited both at the Basel Art Fair and at Artexpo in New York. The latter marked the beginning of a collaboration with the Work’s II Gallery In Southampton (NY) which would continue until 1988.
Her major exhibitions of those years were in Milan at the Palazzo dell’Arengario, now home of the Museo del Novecento in Piazza Duomo, (1985), and in Venice at the Assicurazioni Generali headquarters in Piazza San Marco (1987).
In 1983 Laura began her ceramic production in her father’s workshop of Canzo located in a former silk mill.
Between 1990 and 1992 thanks to an exclusive agreement with a Japanese company her paintings and graphic works were distributed throughout Japan.
The 1990 exhibition at the Artesanterasmo Gallery of Milan on the theme of mirrors was the only occasion in which she exhibited her paintings with her father. Her collaboration with that gallery has been steady since 1988.
In 1992, following a suggestion from the well known architect Pepe Tanzi, Laura collaborated to the launch of the Pozzi & Verga new collection of tables and chairs by including images of those pieces of furniture in her own paintings.
Between 1992 and 2000 she had her own show-room in Milan where her collections of ceramics and her creations for leading companies like Ricchetti (tiles), Fede Cheti (home fabrics), Edilkamin (fireplaces and stoves), Kaigai (textiles for clothings and bathroom towels), Rosenthal (china), and Proserpio Arredamenti (furnishings and frabrics) were on display.
In 1995 she was chosen as Designer of the Year by Meyer Mayor, the distinguished Swiss company specialising in kitchen and table linen production.
In the 1995 exhibition entitled Walls and Terracottas at the Artesanterasmo Gallery of Milan abstract most of the subjects were painted on dirt-like materials. In the same year she also presented her new Tableaux an Terre at the L’Ile en terre Gallery of Saint Paul de Vence, France.
Between 1996 and 2005 she collaborated with the Edizioni San Paolo Publishers illustrating children’s books and stories for kids in the G-baby Magazine.
In 1999 she increased her show-room space by creating Atelier Produzioni d’Arte where prints, ceramics, and sculptures by various international artists were presented.
In 2000 Laura began her collaboration with Raika of Japan designing their fashion collections which have been on display since 2002 in the Show-room Laura Fiume at the Mitsokushi Department Store in Tokyo.
In 2000 Laura designed a collection of coffee cups called The Jungle Collection for Cellini Deutschland.
In April 2003, as part of the events that took place during the Salone del Mobile of Milan, Laura held a large exhibition at the Spazio Exté entitled Other Rooms: A Tribute To Philippe Starck. On that occasion Laura enjoyed the collaboration of Alessi, Driade, and Flos who kindly lent her the pieces from their Philippe Starck production represented in her paintings for an installation in that exhibition.
In June 2003 Laura held a one-artist exhibition at the Svetog Krševana Gallery in Šibenik, Croatia as part of the International Children’s Festival of that town where she exhibited her early works dedicated to the world of children.
In 2005 she gave her contribution to the restyling of the L’Arenella Hotel on the Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, by providing a number of enlarged images of her works which became the characterizing element of the hotel’s interiors.
In the summer of the same year she held a retrospective at the Vartai Gallery in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In 2005 she also presented an installation within the project Ten Arm-chairs for Ten Artists, an initiative by Molteni & C, a leading company in the furniture field, where Laura was asked to decorate a Molteni arm-chair from the Reversi collection and to carry out a number of paintings using the same fabrics covering their couches and arm-chairs.
In 2006 there were as many as three exhibitions of Laura’s. The first one, called Visual Amplifications was held in Fiesole, near Florence, in the museum within the St. Alexander Basilica building. The second one, entitled Private Stories, took place in Sansepolcro, Tuscany at the Piero della Francesca City Museum. The third exhibition, entitled Trame d’interni (Plots in Interiors) was hosted in Milan by the Artesanterasmo Gallery where Laura presented her new paintings on fabrics provided by well known fabric producer Enzo degli Angiuoni.
In 2007 she exhibited her works in Rome at the Galleria Margutta 3 and then at the trendy TAD Conceptstore showroom of Via del Babuino. Both exhibitions were strictly connected through the idea of displaying works in harmony with TAD’s furnishings.
In 2007 Laura was also invited to take part in Milan’s Cow Parade, the very well known open air exhibition which was held in over 40 cities throughout the world. Laura’s Cow was sponsored by the Italian bed manufacturer Flou and was exhibited in the Triennale Garden of Milan.
In 2010 the anthological Laura Fiume, Works 1980-2009 was held at Palazzo Moro, Mortara, near Pavia. In the same year there was also the exhibition Art on the Table at the Flagship Store Effetti-Molteni, one of the most refined showrooms in Milan.
In April 2011 Laura held an exhibition in Milan entitled Laura Fiume: A Link Between Art and Design, at the Artesanterasmo Gallery. In December 2011 she also exhibited at the show-room L’Officina in Locarno, Switzerland.
In April 2012 she held two exhibitions: at the Spazio Oberdan of Milan entitled Laura Fiume: Tra Arte e Design and at the Museo Civico of Fusignano (Ravenna): Laura Fiume, Opere 1980-2011.
In April 2012 she took part in the Vertical Museum project, involving Italian and foreign artists, by decorating a column in the Palazzo Lombardia of Milan, the new headquarters of the Lombardia Region.
The painting called A Path Between Art and Design was conceived and executed by Laura Fiume for the Marco Biagi Hall at the Lombardy Region Building in December 2012 and set up in January 2013. It is a tribute to the art of design, which is an integral part of the Milano DNA.
In 2013, during the Salone del Mobile of Milan Laura presented at the Flagship show-room of Effetti-Molteni her new graphic works printed on Jaquard frabric and at Lariofiere, Erba (Co), during the Ristorexpo, 2014.
In the same year the exhibition entitled Design as Art was held at the new home of the Artesanterasmo Gallery in Milan.
In 2015 Laura held the exhibition Portraits of Interiors at the Colzani & Meroni show-room in Milan.
Her work is documented in a number of monographs as well as in many cultural, fashion, and furnishing magazines. Her works are on permanent display at the Galleria Artesanterasmo, Milan.