During his residency at Villa Lena Foundation, NY based artist Chris "Daze" Ellis worked with the children of the elementary school in Palaia to realize a mural for the local school titled "Quest for Knowledge". The ten year olds worked with Daze for two days; they painted with acrylic colors objects evoking nature and science, and whilst Daze created an eye with spray paint, symbolizing the quest for knowledge. This workshop is part of the Villa Lena Foundation outreach program made in collaboration with the local public administration.

Chris "Daze"  Ellis began his prolific career painting New York subways in the mid 70's. His first group show was the “Beyond Words”, at the Mudd club in New York in 1981, with artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Since then he has had countless solo shows in such cities as Monte Carlo, Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Beijing, Chicago, and Singapore. His work can be found in the permanent collections of such museums as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and The Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany.

KRUX Amsterdam x Villa Lena

Initiated by four young designers from Holland, France and Germany, KRUX Amsterdam hosts residency programs for designers, artists and craftsmen. Aiming to be both a local and international hub for creative thinking and artistic projects, KRUX constitutes a vibrant and lively community. At Villa Lena, KRUX developed a design project for the restaurant’s terrace and swimming pool.

Julien Colombier & Audrey Guimard - Toiano Vecchio

Julien Colombier is a French painter. He prevalently dedicates to the creation of installation and environments, thus giving life to vegetal and geometric universes. Audrey Guimard is a French scenographer and fine artist, working with found materials to conceive sculptures and installations. Often working together, at Villa Lena they collaborated on the site of Toiano Vecchio. By playing with the surrounding space and nature, they marked this historic site with their “artefacts”. Mimicking with the natural landscape, the artworks will be subjected to the passing of time and exposed to atmospheric agents. In trusting to chance their creations’ fate, they gave life to a dreamy playground for visitors to explore.


LAPS is a creative studio founded in 2007 by architect/artist Amelie Lengrand and artist/photographer Sophie Paumelle. At Villa Lena they collaborated with artist Laurène Vernet and architect Margot Jacquand to create a mythical promenade. Drawing inspiration from animals that are both familiar and mythical, Laps built a monumental unicorn and a deer made from natural wood and recycled crates, thus creating a Fairytale dreamscape on the grounds of Villa Lena.