Marialuisa Cortesi was born in Italy in 1977. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna where she encountered Photography. In September 2010 she exhibited a series of photographs themed ‘Trees’ at the biannual of young Italians of Bibbiena. In July 2009 three shots of naturalistic subject became part of the photographic heritage of MUSINF of Senigallia. In September 2009 and November 2010 she displayed her work in collective exhibitions in the Ducal Palace of Senigallia. In November 2011 she was chosen and included in the Leica Lab 24×36 competition which ended in March 2012 with the participation at the Photoshow of Roma. In march2013 she had a solo exhibition at the “spazio foyer TGT” in Forlì. On september 2014 exhibited pictures in collective project called “Coast to Coast” for a SIFES project called “Coast to Coast” for a SIFEST photofestival and during summer 2017 was selected for Dondero reportage prize by Macof Brescia and exhibited her "late teens" project.