Naomi Natale is an installation artist, photographer, and social activist. In 2013, Natale led a crowd-sourced art project titled One Million Bones, designed to recognize the millions of victims killed or displaced by ongoing atrocities in Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan. For three days in June 2013, one million handmade bones were displayed on the National Mall of Washington, D.C. Natale was also founder and director of the Cradle Project, a fundraising art installation designed to publicize the plight of 48 million children orphaned by disease and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
Natale has received numerous awards for her work, including the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artist as Activist Fellow in 2015, a TED Global Fellowship and the Professional Achievement Award from the School of Arts and Humanities at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She served as an artist-in-residence at Columbia College of Chicago in 2008, 2010, and 2011.
Born in Perugia, Italy, and raised in the U.S., Natale is currently the Artistic Director of The Art of Revolution, a nonprofit that uses art to transform public opinion and create social change. She continues to act as Founder and Director of One Million Bones. She resides in New Mexico.