Emilia Telese (b. Italy, 1973; lives and works in Reykjavík) is an award-winning Italian artist, writer and academic. She graduated in Painting in 1996 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the oldest Fine Arts School in Europe, founded in 1561 by Cosimo I De Medici. Michelangelo Buonarroti, Benvenuto Cellini and other significant artists have been associated with it. She moved from Italy to the UK in 1997 and to Iceland in 2018.

Telese’s practice spans several art forms, from painting and drawing to interactive and body-responsive technology, film and live art to installation and public art. She has exhibited worldwide since 1994, including at the Venice Biennale, the Louvre, TATE Britain, the Royal Festival Hall London, Ars Electronica Linz Austria, ZKM Karlsruhe Germany, the Freud Museum, London and many more major events and galleries.