” Curiosity is the soul of fantasy … in the photograph the fleeting moment is inherent. ”

Ugo Maria Cionfrini.

” He is looking for the unusual …

he likes to discover facts and things never seen or noticed before, getting help from his heart,

everything comes naturally … spontaneously “

Ugo Maria Cionfrini Artist



He is a photographer, a chef, a stylist and a sculptor. 

His greatest ally is his heart,

 * his Muse for Excellence. *




He added his second name, Maria, to his art pseudonym, Ugo Maria Cionfrini.
(At the registry office the father put him as the first name * Ugo Maria * being born in a small town in the 1950s, perhaps they put the comma because the employee of the municipality thought the name Maria was strange for a child or something)


Ugo Maria Cionfrini currently lives in …, where he is a graduate of the Liceo Artistico secondary school system in Italy which is devoted to the study of art and art history. At the age of eleven, he entered the world of photography with his trusty American Kodak by taking pictures obliquely to create a suggestive perspective while at the same time to enclose in it a more extended image.

In middle school at the experimental school De Coubertin in Rome, Ugo also took a keen interest in black and white printing.

Education & Professional Development

In 2000 he made his first shirt (created from his heart in 1990) by inserting on a Jeans shirt all the square cut parts of his old shirts where the figures are embroidered, making it a with a thousand shirt digits


From 2004, Hugo entered the art market by creating his own exhibitions so that he could share his discoveries — which are inherent in nature and also in everyday life — with the entire world.


The merit went to the architect Beatrice PALMA who proposed him to do a solo exhibition in his architectural studio  

which strangely he had never thought about … surely also bewildered by the loss of his Great father and guide

From October 2005 to May 2006, he attended the Professional Photography Course “From the Basics to the Digital” offered by Nikon Italy at the photo agency VISION Rome. At the same time, he participated in the Macro Course offered
by photographer Riccardo POLINI.

In June 2007, he took part in a photography course in Camargue (Southern France) that was organized by Nikon
with photographer Guido BISSATTINI.

Artwork published in La Differenza (“The Difference“), a monthly culture magazine.
Issue: Year 1 Number 21b (May 28, 2008). Remembering games – one of Hugo’s photographs
showcasing Katharina TRABERT.
source: www.differenza.org/articolo.asp?sezione=archivio&ID=247

In 2008, Hugo created a nature calendar for his 50th birthday. Later on in October of the same year, the Italian travel magazine,

DOVE, publishes a photograph of him for an advertisement.

Also in 2008, he donates his photography entitled “The Mallard … while he takes flight“, taken from the collection of “Zampilli di … Vita“, for a charity evening that took place at the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of Malta.
The event’s proceeds were donated to the non-profit organization, PETER PAN. (See Il Messaggero September 26, 2008, p. 49).

In 2009, Hugo attends a four-month course at the ROMAN SCHOOL of PHOTOGRAPHY located in Via degli Ausoni, 7 which later moved to Via Giosuè Borsi, 18, but now currently resides at Via di Pietralata, 157 Rome.

In 2009 – Santino: Maria Mater Dei “O Viveiro” Chitima The Mozambique image offered by the Great Mother of God Parish – Rome, blessed by the Holy Father Benedict XVI on 7 October 2009, feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary.

In 2010, Realizes the calendar “The Great Mother Parish of God is Missionary” with inside two of his photographs of the Holy Father Benedict XVI.

2010 – Performance and improvisation (Dance, Music, Theater, Poetry)

“Bosco Sacro di Sutri“.

edited by Cinzia BASTIANON SCOTT

performer Cinzia BASTIANON SCOTT, Ornella MARCUCCI, Olimpia BINETTI

the musicians Paul GREENBERG e …

the poet Franco SALERNO

you can view the photos in the Gallery under the name  ” C.O.G.O.F.F.F.U.M.P ” (initials of the participating artists)


Video clip formed by the photographer’s shots

Ugo Maria Cionfrini

It is assembled by Dr.

Olimpia Binetti

In 2011 – Realizes Geminacào Twinning Mission Calendar – Rome Italy – Tete Mozambique.

In 2011 – Realizes a photo shoot for Carla Baldini ( Vox Mundi ) Magliano in Toscana.

In 2011 – Realizes a photo shoot for the bathroom ” Il Gabbiano Azzurro ” (in 2020 his restaurant https://www.ilgabbianotrepuntozero.it/ ” Gabbiano 3.0 ” has 1 Michelin star) by Marina di Grosseto.

In 2013 – With the help of seamstresses he creates jackets with a thousand patches (each of his four creations has about twenty each)

“Ugo Maria Cionfrini is best known for his pioneering work in capturing animated figures in a jet of water. He is considered the first artist to discover that, in the water, a person can see figures of various shapes, such as animals (cobras, elephants, etc.) and people (Ballerina).” 

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