Matteo Basilé was born in Rome in 1974. The artist currently lives and works in Rome. Born from a well-established dynasty of artists (Cascella), Matteo Basilé has been exposed to the art world all his life. Such familiarity with this environment provided him with multiple sources of inspiration and certainly facilitated him in refining a personal aesthetic discourse. Since his first appearance on the art scene, Basilé has been working with a range of different media such as painting, graffiti, photography and video art. By interacting with his cultural inheritance and aspiring to a new system of productive meaning, Basilé constantly rejects a static vocabulary and confronts himself in relation to memory and tradition. Among the first European pioneers of what is today regarded as digital art, Matteo Basilé uses avant-garde technology as a research tool aimed at the process of self and social discovery.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, 1957. Raised near Los Angeles, California. Lives and works in New York City
Liu Dahai is a Chinese artist. He was born in Hunan in 1968. He curretly lives and works between Wuhan and Beijing.
Teresa Emanuele was born in Rome in 1980. She earned a BA in law from Rome's LUISS University and an LLM from Columbia University. It was living in New York City that fostered her interest in art as she began taking her first photographs, learning more about the medium along the way. In 2008 she attended the PhotoManhattan - School of Photography, where she perfected technique in black&white and portraiture. She quit as an associate in a Wall Street law firm at the end of 2008 and moved back to Rome to dedicate more time to art. Her artistic research focuses on the three-dimensional and kinetic potential of black&white prints on transparent surfaces such as glass and methacrylate. Teresa is also a consultant for MACRO - The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome.
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”.
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”.
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). – See more at:
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.
Pisani, Vettor. - Italian Artist (Naples 1934 - Rome 2011). 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.
She was born in Tel Aviv. Lives and works in Berlin. In 1976-80Studies at the “Universitat für Angewandte Kunst”, Vienna, Austria. 1981-82/86Teaches at the “Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst”, Salzburg, Austria 1986-88Teaches at the “Universitat für Angewandte Kunst”, Vienna, Austria (assistant of Oswald Oberhuber) 1986-94Lives and works in Florence, Italy 2001-07Professor at the “Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst”, Salzburg, Austria. 2002-2012Guest professor at the “Architecture Faculty Studio3”, Innsbruck University, Austria. 2005 Lecturer at the Bartenbach Lichtakademie, Aldrans, Austria. 2007Nominated Active Member of the “European Academy of Sciences and Arts”, Austria. 2002-2014Guest Professor at the architecture faculty “Studio 3”, Innsbruck University, Austria
Franco Silvestro, 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).
Zhang Zhan (1964) revisits traditional Chinese landscape painting and its codes through an extremely sophisticated use of colour and full-bodied, dense matter. In his works, disturbing atmospheres are mixed with suggestions of a pre-Romantic and 18th light that suddenly surprises the viewer.
1980 Born in Wuhan, Hubei.
2004 BA in Fine Art, Oil Painting Department, Hubei Institute of Fine Art.
2006 MA in Fine Art, Fine Art Department, University of the Arts London.
Currently works and lives in Wuhan, China.
‘Everything is going to be alright’, United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
‘After good health, money is the best thing to have’, Yangtze River Space, Wuhan, China
‘The Stock Exchange, Weather and Sex’, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China