Biography

Emma is a classically trained painter who graduated from the Florence Academy of Art in 2016. Her subject matter focuses on the human figure and form through painting. Emma was born in 1994 in Morges, Switzerland. She lived for 10 years in Los Angeles, California, and 10 years in Florence, Italy. She graduated from the International School of Florence in 2012 receiving top marks on the International Baccalaureate program. She is fluent in Italian, Spanish, English, and French.

In 2014 Emma was featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘September Issue’. Inside the edition was an article presenting Emma accompanied by photographs taken by Michael Avedon, grandson of the legendary Richard Avedon to whom Emma’s grandmother Audrey Hepburn was an artistic muse. The feature generated 500 million media impressions and 6 million page views. Emma’s career as a fashion model took off as she was featured in a number of editorial publications and campaigns. She signed with the leading modeling agencies ‘Storm Models’ and ‘Elite Model Management’ and was nominated by Intouch Magazine as best model in the shooting category. Her campaign for the Japanese luxury cosmetic firm ‘Kosé’ was launched across the Far East in 2015. After working for Spain’s national treasure sculptor Miguel Moreno during the production of Spanish public art projects, Emma relocated to New York City.

Emma’s strong philanthropic nature has led her to volunteer and work for non-profit organizations such as UNICEF, Hollygrove Foundation for Children, and UNHCR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Some of the work she has delved into includes one-on-one artistic therapy and guidance for children from low-income families and traumatic backgrounds, conducting interviews with refugee individuals, families, and children, gathering qualitative research on the lives of refugees in Grecian refugee camps and in EU-allocated real-home situations, field visits, speaking on the matter of women’s rights in Afghanistan at the UN, counseling for female incarcerated inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island, and educating for UNICEF on the history and advancements of children’s issues around the world. Emma’s work documenting the lives of Syrian and Afghan refugees has been published by UNHCR and VICE.

At present, Emma lives in New York City where she works as an actress, an advocate for children’s rights, a visual artist, and an art curator/liaison.