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Rooftops, Roma 28 x 31 cm


Claudia Petretti studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art under John Houston where she was awarded a First Class Degree. Since graduating in 1988 she has regularly exhibited in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, taking a couple of years out around 1996 when her son was born.

In recent years, Claudia has returned to her first passion of drawing the figure, a fascination that’s she’s had since the age of 17 when she attended her first life drawing classes at ECA. Her focus is primarily on portraiture and capturing the mood and feeling of her sitter. Over the years, these portraits have become increasingly sparse, using line and a minimum suggestion of tone or colour to create a drawing which appears “finished and yet not finished”.


Portrait of Liz Lochead, featured on the cover of her collection of poems, Bagpipe Muzak.

Portrait of actors, Russell Hunter and Una Mclean.


Her work is currently held in the City Art Centre, Edinburgh and RSA Collections Edinburgh and Art UK


1994 – 2023 | Artist/Tutor based in Edinburgh
1991 – 1993 | Lived and worked in Milan, Italy
1989 – 1991 | Artist/Tutor in residence at 369 Gallery, Edinburgh
1983 – 1988 | Edinburgh College of Art, BA Hons. (First Class); Post Graduate Diploma


2023 |29 Drumsheugh Gardens Edinburgh

2018 | Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2017 | 29 Drumsheugh Gardens Edinburgh

2015 | Porto & Fi, Edinburgh
2014 | Bond Accountants, Edinburgh
2012 | Thomson’s Tower, Dr Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh
2010 | Sarah Dallas Gallery, Edinburgh
2008 | Valvona & Crolla, Edinburgh
2007 | Valvona & Crolla, Edinburgh
2006 | Newhaven Communications, Edinburgh
2005 | Stenton Gallery
2002 | House For an Art Lover, Glasgow
1996 | Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1994 | Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh
1992 | Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh
1990 | Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
1990 | 369 Gallery, Edinburgh


2021 | RSA Edinburgh Andiamo

2009-20 | The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, The Edinburgh Gallery; The Green Gallery, Buchlyvie; Easel @ Gosford House; Leith School of Art, Edinburgh; Art Amatoria, Edinburgh;

2010 | Sarah Dallas Gallery
2008 | In Our Own Image , City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2007 | The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 | Sojourners, Scottish Artists Abroad, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2001-06 | The Affordable Art Fair, Maclean Fine Art, London
2000 | The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Compass Gallery, Glasgow;
1997 | Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Nexus Gallery, Edinburgh
1991 | Visions and Emotions of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
1991 | Scottish Colourists Old and New, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Galleries
1990 | The Italian Scots, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Painting the Forth Bridge, 369 Gallery Edinburgh


1998 | Adam Bruce Thomson Award, Royal Scottish Academy
1987 | Richard Ford Scholarship for Study in Madrid
1987 | John Kinross Scholarship for Study in Florence