Roberta Ballestriero obtained her European PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has lectured in Art History for a number of British Universities since 2004 and she is Art Historian in residence at the Gordon Museum of Pathology, London. Currently she teaches at the University of the Arts, London and at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice. Her research concerns art and science and she spent the last 25 years studying the art of ceroplastics and the ‘body of wax’. She was the founder and president of the first International Congresses of Wax Modelling in forty years, and she edited the volumes Ceroplastics, The art of wax” (2019) and Ceroplastics, The science of wax (2021).