Emi Ligabue was born in Mantua in 1957. Between 1980 and 1981 he collaborated with Studio Alchimia on the design of Casa Alessi. In the meantime, she enrolled at DAMS in Bologna and began her artistic adventure as a performer; with the project Padiglione Italia she participated in the important exhibition Una generazione post-moderna, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. In 1983, Emi Ligabue began working independently as a visual artist. She participated in the Serate enfatiste, organised by Alinovi at the pioneering Galleria Neon in Bologna and between 1984 and 1986 in numerous group exhibitions, including La Neomerce, Il design dell’invenzione e dell’estasi artificiale, curated by Denis Santachiara, at the Milan Triennale. In 1988 he had his first solo exhibition at the Musei Civici in Reggio Emilia; in 1990 he took part in the reconnaissance Ipotesi Arte Giovane, organised by the magazine ‘Flash Art’ at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. In 2002 he exhibited at Villa delle Rose in Bologna in the exhibition Spazio aperto al disegno. In 2016 Silvana Annicchiarico selected her for the XXI Triennale di Milano in the exhibition celebrating female design in Italy: W. Women in Italian Design. Emi Ligabue currently lives and works in Milan.