Nicoz Balboa |  Drawing My Life Ruined My Life


Drawing My Life Ruined My LifeNovember 21st - Dicember 7th | les libellusles Studiosinauguration wednesday November 21st h 8 p.m


Born to loseTuesday November 20th  h 7 p.m |  Libreria delle Donne di Bologna

with Nicoz Balboa

Born to Lose is the striking graphic diary of Nicoz Balboa, cartoonist and tattoo artist, young mother in search of her spot in the world. Work less, blog less, spend less time on Facebook and on the phone, splurge less. Also: find someone new to fall in love with, someone sweet and considerate, spend more time drawing, go to sleep earlier, take a shower every day, become a lesbian and start wearing more feminine shoes… This new year’s resolutions list is the beginning of the irresistible Born to Lose: a collection of life notes, everyday stories of an artist telling with spontaneity and humor the adventure of becoming herself.


Graphic JournalsThursday November 22nd h 10 a.m-1 p.m & 2 p.m-5 p.m | Les Libellules Studio

Duration: h 10 am – 1pm / 2 pm – 5 pm
Participation fee: 110 € [10% discount for students]
Info and applications: – +39 3397968355
Materials to bring: a sketchbook/notepad/notebook you love. A pencil case with your favourite pens/pencils/watercolors.

A technical and practical work inspired by Nicoz Balboa’s graphic diary MOMeskine and her comic book Born to Lose, edited by Coconino Press – Fandango.
A workshop created to get acquainted to the graphic diary genre, to find new ways to tell our stories with images and to discover the most relevant contributors to this narrative form.
No former drawing o writing skills are required


Nicoz Balboa is an artist – cartoonist – Italian tattoo artist who uses her life events as inspiration for works ranging from drawing to tattooing through graphic diary, pyrography and painting. In the projects “Drawing My Life Ruined My Life” and “Nicoz Balboa Goes Porn” (but also in her book “Born To Lose”) Nicoz reveals her hopes and failures (or successes) with an innocent project, sometimes piercing, always tragic and humorous. Themes of provocation and sexuality repeatedly emerge in Nicoz’s work, as her project is firmly rooted in a tradition of lgbtqi issues and feminism.