Matteo Basilé (1974) was born and lives in Rome. His career begins in the early ’90s as one of Europe’s first artists merging art and technology. Basilé owns the extraordinary capacity to conciliate opposing ideas such beauty and grotesque, natural and artificial. Exploring the nature of humankind, the artist develops his story in chapters: The Saints are Coming (2007), Thisoriented (2009), Thishumanity (2010), Landing (2012), UNSEEN (2014), PIETRA SANTA (2016): a series of independent transitions where Basilé negotiates his perception of existence. His research consists of an interface between East and West, an interjected dialectic operating as a collision between tradition and modernity, sacred and profane. Basilé’s glossary is not just based on multicultural and timeless signs and values, instead it visually includes the global idiom where dream is no longer the main character of the photograph, as it incarnates a fully recognizable and unlimited narrative.
Danilo Bucchi was born in Rome, polymateric body more than just city, archeology of the future that will give its iconographic code in his visual DNA. DB was born in 1978, in an open-minded era but during a period also made up of Roman closures, where the high artistic avant-garde crossed the conceptual recovering the ways of painting, the same that DB will move the first steps towards the first works and the earliest exhibitions. The Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and the former art school had trained DB to the techhniques of drawing and painting. 1998-2001 he worked as a set designer for movies and advertising, absorbing creative patterns and attitudes that will shape his expressive figurative codes. Then it's time for a master's degree in photography, a language that will affect his painting solutions, especially the shots, cuts in perspective, in the contrast between bodies and backgrounds. In 2007 his solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Society will introduce his work in Beijing, and places it in important international collections. In 2011 DB makes the point over a decade of work with the solo exhibition at the Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts in Spoleto, a few months after the previous show at the MLAC in Rome, who will dedicate the book "Danilo Bucchi- Signs. The black line" published by Gangemi and part ofthe series "Luxflux Proto-Type Contemporary Art". In 2012 DB made his solo show "The Dolls" at the Sabiana Paoli Art Gallery in Singapore. In 2013 his solo show "Danilo Bucchi" at the Emmeotto Gallery in Rome presents his debut in sculpture among other works. In 2013 DB confirms his interest to other languages and realizes a four hands project with fashion designer Antonio Marras for the exhibition "Together we are something else" for the Grand Floor of the Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts, which has produced a valuable book published by Corraini. In 2013 DB goes back to Singapore, this time in the gallery "Mucciaccia & Partners" for the exhibition "Milky Way" alongside giants of the twentieth century such as Basquiat, Rauschenberg, Christo and Mathieu among others. In the meantime, DB continues the dialogue with electronic music, with urban contexts, with the creative publishing, with the potential of video language. DB always speaksthrough the transive verb of painting, polymateric body more than just formal code, eternal archeology where you feel the memory of the sign, the power of the gesture, the essence of color and the circularity of figuration.
Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was born in Berlin and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 21. Famous American photographer of German origins, he published a mocking collage about Hitler in 1930. He emigrated to Paris in 1936, but was then deported to a concentration camp in 1940 during the German occupation, because he was Jewish. During the later 40′s and 50′s he became famous for his artistic nudes and fashion photography, and worked for magazines such as Vogue and Harper Bazaar. In 1960 he started working on his autobiography which was only published after his death as it found no editor since it was considered to be too ironic towards society. During his career the German photographer experimented the different technical possibilities of photographies, moving from solarization to multiple exposures, from print toning to distorsion. The main topics of his work were women and death. Through his artistic light both of these subjects merge in every image, reminding us of the lure and mistery that bind them.
Liu Dahai is a chinese artist. He was born in Hunan in 1968. He currently lives and works between Wuhan and Beijing.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, 1957. Raised near Los Angeles, California. Lives and works in New York City
Born in Asmara (Eritrea) from an Italian mother and a British father of Romanian origins, she joined her family in their numerous journeys (Morocco, England, France, Switzerland) and arrived in Italy as a teenager. She graduates in Philosophy and Literature in Florence. Despite her predisposition for painting and drawing, she carries out her activity of essayist, studying history and Commedia dell’arte. The Roman art gallery Pio Monti Arte Contemporanea exhibited one of her photograpsfor the first time during the 2001 collective exhibition “Tra cielo e terra”. Her encounter with Diego Mormorio in 2002 proved to be crucial, since he proposed to hera solo show “Scie” at the Roman Art Gallery Acta International. In the same year she moved her studio to the Ex Pastificio Cerere, historic location of the “scuola di san Lorenzo”.
Thomas Glassford was born in Laredo (Texas) in 1963. He studied art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BFA in 1987.After three years he moved to Mexico City where he joined a young avant-garde of Mexican, European, and American artists living in the city. Since the early 1990s, Glassford has used everyday materials--ranging from gourds to broomsticks, anodized aluminum to melamine plates--to create architectural or installation-scale works. He has the ability to transform these materials into rhythmic and often abstract creations, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture and Op Art paintings of the 1960s.
Myriam Laplante is a Canadian artist living in Italy. She works with installation, performance, sculpture, drawing, photography and video. Her works address alienation, the refusal to adapt to society, difficulties of communication and the cynicism of dominant sects. All this puts her into a deep state of permanent doubt. Her work is an attempt to illustrate this feeling. She has performed and exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia, from squats to museums. Her work is in the public collections of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Rome) and the Museo di Arte Contemporanea – MACRO (Rome), the Musée du Québec (Québec) and the National Museum of Photography (Ottawa).
Born in Naples in 1953, he is one of the leading figures of Italian painting in the last two decades. Nino Longobardi did not attend schools or academies of art, rather he trained on-the-job: in art galleries, with artists such as Carlo Alfano, Lucio Amelio, Filiberto Menna and Achille Bonito Oliva. In 1969, Longobardi met the great Neapolitan gallerist Lucio Amelio and they began a human and artistic partnership which lasted for 25 years (until 1994, the year of his death). It was the 1980s that would bring international success for Nino Longobardi. His research focused on the human figure, which he summarised in a few strokes of the brush, pencil and charcoal. In 1982 he particpated in ‘Italian Art Now: an American Perspective’, at the Guggenheim in New York, and in the ‘Trans Avant-garde at the Aurelian Walls’ in Rome. Exhibitions followed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and at the Miro Foundation in Barcelona ('83), at the Nationalgalerie in Berlin ('86), at the Grand Palais in Paris ('87) and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen ('88). In the 1990s, Longobardi always looked more closely at the body of the painting andthe recurring themes related to the representation of the body and death. He implemented a radical stripping of the human physicality and this was clear from the solo exhibitions that have been dedicated to him at the Palazzo Reale in Milan (1998) at the Castel Nuovo of Naples (1999), at the Galleria Civica di Modena (2000) and at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples (2001). He has replaced the exuberance that had characterised most of his works from the previous decade, the smooth forms, rigour and balance to achieve an unprecedented form of “minimalism”.
Michela Ferrari was born in Rome. After completing classical studies she attended the Instituto Centrale di Restauro in Rome. In 1984 she moves to Milan where, thanks to her excellent knowledge of languages, she started the carreer of assistant director and set designer. She collaborated with the best italian and foreign directors working for major advertising agencies and productions. She contributed to make hundreds of commercials; many of these commercials have marked the recent history of communication. At the same time she was involved in archaeological photography and started a collaboration with the ENCYCLOPEDIA TRECCANI. Back to Rome she began a long series of television experiences with MEDIASET- TITANUS and RAI as director / writer and producer. In 2003 he wrote and directed the short “HANDS UP” and won the 1st prize ETRURIA FILM FESTIVAL. The short has been selected and screened at numerous international film festivals. Thanks to her innate creative attitude, she started realizing interiors objects and in 2003 she presented her first collection of lamps and lampshades and tables with spectacular effect, entirely hand made. She had participated successfully in many group exhibitions of art design. Her productions are distributed in several shops and art galleries.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Matt Marello attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, graduating in Fine Arts. His work has been extensively exhibited both in the US and abroad. He is the recipient of a 2004 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2002 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Maurizio Mochetti was born in 1940 in Rome, where he still lives and works. He attended the Liceo Artistico and then the Accademia di Belle Arti. Since 1962 (with his transparent sphere with light) his interest shifted towards “physical” light (meant as matter, and carrying no symbolic or mystical meaning), as well as cars, planes, weapons and geometries. In 1968 he made his entrance in the Roman art scene with his first solo exhibition at the historic gallery “La Salita” where he showed 10 projects and 2 pieces. Mochetti believes that “the artwork is the idea, the project”, while “technology is the tool that allows me to realise pieces more and more close to the idea: in this sense the artwork is perfectible”. In 1969 he won the 1st Pascali Prize in Polignano a Mare and the sculpture prize at the VI Biennale Giovani in Paris. In 1970 he participated for the first time to the Venice Biennale and then again in 1978,1982, 1986, 1988, 1997. He approached the international scene during the beginning of the ’70s, participated in the Sidney Biennale in 1976, in the XXIV Sao Paulo Biennale in 1998 and in the International Nagoya Biennale in 1991. In 1988 he was invited to the Exploratorium, San Francisco (USA) as artist in residency. In 1993 he took partin the collective exhibition “Three Artistic Generations in Contemporary Italy” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and also exhibited at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum di Eindhooven (1975), Stadtische Kunsthalle in Dusseldorf (1978), Forum Kunst in Rottweil (1982), and at the Museum Alvar Aalto, Finland (1985). Amongst his other important exhibitions are: “Vitalità del negativo nell’arte italiana:1960/70″ (Rome, 1970), “Linee della ricerca artistica in Italia: 1960/1980″ (Rome, 1981); “Arte italiana 1960-’82″ (London, 1982); “La otra escultura” (Madrid, 1990): Roma anni ‘60 (Rome,1990), “The Italian Metamorphosis” (New York, 1994); “Arte italiana: ultimi quarant’anni” (Bologna, 1997); “Minimalia. Da Giacomo Balla a…” (Venice, 1997 – Rome, 1998). In 2000 the Centro Cultural del Conde Duque in Madrid hosted “ Elica Infinita” one of his most suggestive solo show. In the same year he also took part in the famous exhibition “L’avventura della materia. Dal Futurismo al Laser” at the Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona. In 2003 the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo hosted an anthology of his work. In 2009 he had a solo show at the Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto and won the international contest MAXXI 2per100 with his “Linee rette di luce nell’Iperspazio curvilineo”, piece which is now permanently installed in the foyer of MAXXI (Rome).
Maurizio Nannucci was born in Florence in 1939, where he lives and works. Since the mid-60s, Nannucci has explored the relationship between art, language and image, dealing with concrete art and visual poetry. In 1967, in his solo exhibition at the Centro Arte Viva Trieste, he presented the first neon texts, highlighting the temporality of writing and the immateriality of objects. In 1968 he founded the publishing house Exempla in Florence and the Zona Archives Edizioni. He participated in the international artistic experimentation with Fluxus and Conceptual artists, developing research on verbal structures and the use of new media. His artistic trajectory continues to be coherent to this day; his expressive research is based on light, color, shape and writing. His recent installations neon include: the Carpenter Center at Harvard University in Cambridge, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Fiumicino Airport in Rome, the Bibliothek des Deutschen Bundestages Berlin, the Kunsthalle in Vienna, European Patent Office of Monaco of Bavaria and the Villa Arson in Nice. Over the years he has participated on a number of occasions at the Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel and at the Biennale of Sao Paulo, Sydney, Istanbul and Valencia. In 2004, his neon sign was set up in the garden of the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation in Venice.
Dino Pedriali (Rome, 1950) is an Italian photographer; he currently lives and works in Rome. In 2004, on the occasion of the retrospective ‘Portraits and Nudes - Photographs by 1974/2003’, the art critic Peter Weiermair defined Pedriali as the “Caravaggio of photography of the 20th century”, referring in particular to the nude genre. He wrote: “As Caravaggio took his models from the street and ennobled them in his paintings, flaunting their lascivious beauty in mythological or biblical robes (young love or senescent apostles!), And ripping their clothes from the body, so even bare Pedriali his proletarian models showing the strength, pride, silent self-consciousness.” Pedriali is the Caravaggio of Photography not only in his way of depicting, photographing, and staging the naked body of his models, but also for his unique adoption of a genre in which the great painter of the 17th century excelled: still-life painting, which established itself as a genre of its own in the 17th century, favoured by the secular cultural revolution and a new artistic orientation of which Caravaggio was a leading figure. His lens captured people off the street and remarkable men such as Segal, Giacomo Manzu, Giorgio De Chirico, Federico Zeri, Marcel Carné, Rama, Alberto Moravia, Federico Fellini, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, Man Ray, and Pier Paolo Pasolini , the latter photographed at his home in Chia in 1975 for the book Oil shortly before his tragic murder, which occurred on 2 November 1975 in Idroscalo Ostia.
Vettor Pisani was born in Naples in 1934. After living in Ischia and Naples, he settled in Rome where, in 1970, his work was displayed at the Galleria La Salita in the exhibition titled, ‘Studies on Marcel Duchamp 1965-1970: Male, Female and Androgynous. Incest and Cannibalism in M. Duchamp’, which constituted an installation of objects with strong conceptual and symbolic connotations. His later works in mixed media, installations and performances, from the Tomb of Oedipus (1970) to The Hero chamber, are also open to visual and mental interpretations, with esoteric and disturbing implications. ‘All the words from the silence of Duchamp to the Beuys noise’ (Paris Biennale, 1973) and the‘RC Theatrum’ (1976) at the Theatre of the Virgin (Venice Biennale, 1990). In 1997 he took part in the exhibition titled ‘Italian Painting from Italian Collection’ held at the Castle of Rivoli. In 2005 he participated in ‘The Beauty and the Beast - Metamorphosis, Artifices and Hybrid Myth Imaginary Science’ at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART) of Rovereto, and the exhibition titled ‘Nostalgia. Return flight in Torre Guevara’ in Ischia. His activity during the period between 2007 and 2008 was particularly intense, including his participation in the 3rd Intremoenia /extra art, a traveling group in the castles of Apulia, directed by A. Bonito Oliva, and ‘Personalea Rome’ (Ph7 Art Gallery). In 2012 in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, the exhibition dedicated to him titled ‘Homage to Pisani’ featured a selection of works that fully documented both his artwork as well as unpublished documents in archives.
Rivka Rinn was born in Tel Aviv, lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst Vienna, Austria 1981-1986. She teaches at the Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria . 1986-1988 Teaches at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria (Assistant of Oswald Oberhuber) . 1986-2012 Lives and works in Florence and Rome ,Italy. 2001-2007 Professor at the Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst Salzburg Austria. 2007 Lecturer at the Bartenbach Lichtakademie, Aldrans, Austria. 2002-2016 Guest professor at the Architecture faculty Studio 3, Innsbruck University, Austria. Nominated Active Member of the European Academy of Science and Arts, Austria. Since 2000 lives and works in Berlin. Selected one person exhibitions. 1990 Salama Caro Gallery, London ,England. 1991 The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan, Israel. 1994 Kunstverein Düsseldorf ,Germany. 1999 Gallery 57 Madrid ,Spain. 1999 Sala Montcada, Caixa des Pensions, Barcelona,Spain . 2003 Aidan Gallery, Moskow ,Russia. 2003 Time Station George Kolbe Museum Berlin ,Germany. 2004 Alexander Ochs Galleries, Beijing ,China. 2004 Departure Center for Contemporary Art, Ujadowsky Castle, Warsaw ,Poland. 2006 DNA Gallery, Berlin ,Germany. 2007 Neue Galerie, Joanneum Museum, Graz ,Austria. 2012 Kampl Gallery, Munich ,Germany. 2015 Kampl Gallery Munich,Germany.
Franco Silvestro is a neapolitan artist born in 1960. Without ever incurring sensationalist tones, the artist represents gloomy public housing blocks and roofs, injured children and stolen cars: through illustrations, videos, photography and screen printing. The artist, according to Gabriele Perretta, operates ‘a transition from places of violence, death and environmental degradation." Franco Silvestro processes, with disarming candour and raw realism, a kind of autobiography of the public and collective story of the modern Neapolitan hinterland as a place of origin and global metaphor. An empty and desolate suburban, humid atmosphere, in which only the light from street lamps creates sudden flashes in the intentness of the road: a warm, Hopper-style, alienating light. Each image is deserted, without a human presence, and is a set ready to film the next scene, something; there is an expectant mood, as if something were about to happen.
Born in Ceprano (Frosinone, Italy) January 10, 1970, she graduated in painting in 1993 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where she lives and works. Her research begins from drawing. Using painting, sculpture, self-timers and installations, she creates images and places in which to investigate the relationship between space and the body; the body and the object. In 2001 she won a scholarship for the Artomi, the International Residency Hudson River Valley in New York. In 2003, she was awarded the scholarship, 'La Seine', a research programme for the visual arts at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. Between 2004 and 2006 she lived in Paris in the‘Cité Internationale des Art' thanks to the scholarship offered by the ‘International Art Encounters’ (Rome). In 2008 she participated in the 14th Quadrennial (Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Rome). In 2010 she was present at the Expo in Shanghai in the exhibition Piazze Roma (Squares in Rome), curated by Achille Bonito Oliva (MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art).
Melati Suryodarmo’s performances have been dealing with the relationship between a human body, a culture in which it belongs to and a constellation where it lives. Through the presence, she compiles, extracts, conceptualized and translates some phenomenon or subjects into movement, actions, and gestures that are specified to her performance. Melati Suryodarmo´s performances concern with cultural, social and political aspects, in which she articulates through her psychological and physical body. Her performances feature elements of physical presence and visual art to talk about identity, energy, politics and relationships between the body and the environments surrounding it. Melati Suryodarmo is an Indonesian born visual artist who lives and works since 1994 in Germany. She was graduated at the Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung in Socio and politics sciences, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany. She was student of Marina Abramovic and finished her post graduate (meisterschule) focused in performance art and Raum Konzept. Suryodarmo has presented her works in various international festivals and exhibitions since 1996, including the 50th Venice Biennale 2003, Marking the territory, IMMA Dublin. e.t.c. In 2005, Melati Suryodarmo has performed at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, during the Exhibition of the Life of Egon Schiele in 2005; Videobrasil Sao Paolo (2005), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, 52nd Venice Biennale dance Festival (2007), KIASMA Helsinki (2007), Manifesta7, in Bolzano, Italy (2008),and In Transit festival, HKW Berlin (2009), Luminato festival of th earts, Toronto, 2012. Since the last six years, Suryodarmo has been presenting her works in Indonesia and other South East Asian countries. For the Padepokan Lemah Putih Solo Indonesia, she has been organizing an annual Performance Art Laboratory Project and “undisclosed territory” performance art event in Solo Indonesia since 2007.
Patrizio Travagli was born in Florence in 1972. He has completed his degree at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in 1993. Soon afterwards he had his first exhibitions, winning prizes in Italy and abroad. Mainly known for his light installation work, he skillfully applies mathematics and architecture to his sculptures. Combining the historical arts and sciences to his own contemporary findings on glass and light, he has shown in galleries, museums, art fairs, public spaces and private commissions worldwide. He has taken part in exhibitions at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, at the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Arts MAK, Vienna, at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, at the Museum of Architecture MUAR, Moscow and at the Tornabuoni Art gallery, Paris. Between the most important venues in Italy that hosted his work we find the Sinagogue e Jewish Museum, Forte Belvedere, Zoological Musem “La Specola”, Stazione Leopolda and the MUDI – Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence, the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, Palazzo degli Affari in Turin and Castello Sforzesco in Milan. He has been invited to participate in numerous biennales, such as the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Paris Biennale, the Cairo Biennale and in two editions of the Venice Biennale of Art.