Donato Piccolo, Explosion of "General Electric", 2015, Drawing on paper, 165 x 108 cm

DONATO PICCOLO

Born in 1976 in Rome (IT)
Lives and works between Rome and Milan (IT)

 

Donato Piccolo is one of the most remarkable artists of the young Italian art scene.

Mixing science, technology, art and philosophy, his artwork evolves along multiple lines of research. His work concerning the “artistic confinement” of cyclones, storms and hurricanes contributed very early on to his international recognition.

According to the artist, images and representations of the world – whether they originate from the domain of science or the arts – are first and foremost projections and constructions of the mind – against the backdrop of Nature that remains an unfathomable mystery.

Thus, throughout the mechanical ballet of his work, his main idea is to achieve resonance with physical processes rather than to attempt to explain them.

Education of Donato Piccolo

 

Donato Piccolo studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and at the University of Philosophy. Before his career, he was an assistant to numerous artists, among whom Giacinto Cerone and Sol Le Witt.

His friendship with Maurizio Mochetti, his spiritual predecessor, as well as his discovery of the works of Klein, Fontana, Beuys and Gino Dominicis (whom he calls “The Magicians”) were crucial to his personal development.
Donato Piccolo regularly exhibits in Italy as well as abroad and has already participated twice in the Biennale of Venice. His works can be found in many private and public collections around the world.

SOLO SHOW

2018

Project room #7 | Imprévisible, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan (IT)

Thinking the Unthinkable, Neon Festival, Dundee (UK)

Human+. Il futuro della nostra specie, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma (IT)

Thinking the Unthinkable, Maxxi, Media Art Festival, Rome (IT)

2017

Thinking the Unthinkable, Media Center, Cyfest, New York (US)

Liquid Thought, Seno Gallery, Milan (IT)

Aritmosferica, Galleria dell’Accademia di Belle Arti, Macerata (IT)

Museum of Guttuso, Bagheria (IT)

Thinking the Unthinkable, Youth Center of Hermitage, Hermitage, San Petersburg (RU)

2016

Unnatural, cur. by Dayalis Gonzalez Perdomo, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales. Museum in Habana, Cuba (CU)
Reality reversible, cur. by Smart, Alluneednow, Shanghai (CN)
Butterfly Effect, cur. by Isabella Indolfi, Church SS Giovanni e Paolo, Spoleto (IT)

2015

Inside Tesla, cur. by David Rosenberg, Irène Laub Gallery (FEIZI), Brussels (BE)

2014

Holistic, cur. by David Rosenberg, Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin (DE)
Spiderman, cur. by G.Gigliotti and A. Dambruoso, MACRO, Rome (IT)

2012

Butterfly effect, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto (IT)

2010

Instabile reversibile, cur. by Marc Wellmann, Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin (DE)
Reversible Mechanisms, cur. by Lidya Pribisova, Space Gallery, Bratislava (SK)

2009

Meccanismi d’Instabilità, cur. by Anne-Marie Sauzeau Boetti and Laura Cherubini, Festival dei due Mondi, Casa Romana, Spoleto (IT)
Avant et Devenir, Gallery Riff Art Projects, Paris – Istanbul (TR)

2007

WORTER, cur. by Mario de Candia, Stefania Miscetti Gallery, Rome (IT)

2006

Housekeeping, cur. by Raffaele Gavarro, Soligoart Project, Rome (IT)

GROUP SHOW

2018

Politics of Discontent, cur. by Jonathan Sullam, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2017

Interpretations – Cyfest 2017, Scientific Research Museum of Russian Academy of Arts, St Petersbourg (RU)

Silenzi D’Alberi, Museum Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (IT)

K11 Museum, Shanghai (CN)

Voglio proprio, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena (IT)

Blast!, Hima Art Space, Shanghai (CN)

2015

Cataclisma, explosion in LungoCrati, collaboration project with Shingo Inao, BoCs, Cosenza (IT)
Impatto 2.0, cur. by L.Celeghin and I.Magni, Museum of Este, Este (IT)
Praestigium Italia II, Cini Foundation Venice, Venice (IT)
La nature non Mente, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (IT)
Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton collection, cur. by A.Bruciati, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (IT)
Luce retta, calore freddo, suono visibile, feat Maurizio Mochetti, Bibo’s Gallery, Todi (IT)

2014

Vestige, Fondation Francès, Senlis (FR)
TRANSIENTE, Node Festival, Galleria Civica, Modena (IT)
Un rumore bianco, Assab One, Milano (IT)

2013

Turbulence II, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (BE)
Le ragioni della pittura. Esiti e prospettive di un medium, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, Palazzo de Sanctis, Castelbasso (IT)
The naturalists, Castelluccio di Pienza-La Foce, Chianciano Terme (IT)
DIGITAL LIFE-Liquid Landscapes, MACRO Museum, Testaccio, Rome (IT)
The Genesys, Beyond Museum, Seoul (KR)

2012

A sign on the road said: take us to MADRE!, Helper, New York (USA)
Periplo della scultura contemporanea 3, Musma, Matera (IT)
BIOS, George Kolbe Museum, Berlin (DE)
V. Premio Fondazione VAF. Italienische Kunst Heute, Stadtgalerie Kiel and Museum Biedermann, Donauschingen (DE)
Valentini Contemporary, cur. by Damiana Leoni, Palazzo Valentini, Rome (IT)
Costruzione di una metafisica dell’assenza, cur. da Elena Abbiatici e Valentina G. Levy, Rome (IT)

2011

Artista in residenza presso ISCP, New York (USA)
After the crash, cur. by Camilla Boemio, Orto Botanico, Rome (IT)
Affrontare il rosso/Facing the red, cur. by Elena Giuglia Rossi, Café Europe/Centro di arte contemporanea, Rome (IT)

2010

Buon Domani/ a better tomorrow, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome (IT)
Entre Glace et Neige. Processi ed energie della natura, cur. da Laura Cherubini and Glorianda Cipolla, Centre Saint Benin, Aosta (IT)
Take the Space, cur. by Patrizia Ferri, Palazzo della Vicaria, Trapani (IT)

2009

Physical Conditions gallery crawl, cur. by Murray Horne, Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh (USA)
Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte Contemporanea, workshop cur. by Gail Chocraine and Luca Vitone, Torino (IT)
Amore e Psiche, cur. by Miriam Mirolla, Rocca Albornoziana, Spoleto (IT)
Usine de reves, cur. by Cecilia Casorati and Sabrina Vedovotto, 26cc Center of Contemporary Art, Rome (IT

2008

Well Darling, I act, Artwork con Maurizio Mochetti, Studio Boetti Gallery, Rome (IT)
Simboli di Ferro, Falce e Martello, Museum of Contemporary Art, L’Aquila (IT)
Le temps au temps, Riff Art Project Gallery, Strasbourg (FR)
Here come the Rolling bones, cur. by Piero Pala and Benedetta di Loreto, Studio Boetti Gallery, Rome (IT)

2007

Sex is a pain in the ass, cur. by Piero Pala, Cinema Avorio, Rome (IT)
Invite, curated by Benedetta di Loreto e Damiana Leoni, installazione presso “Bulgari” a Rome (IT)
The Cross, Public sculpture, Parco Maria Callas, Sirmione- Lago di Garda (IT)

2006

Memoria: tracce, cur. by Piero Pala – Palazzo Rialtosantambrogio, Rome (IT)
Nerve, cur. by Mario de Candia and Patrizia Ferri, Huynnart studio, Rome (IT)
K-Event, Performance cur. by Fabio Cavallucci, KunstArt, Bolzano (IT)
Biennale Adriatica Arti Nuove, cur. by Antonio Arèvalo and Cristiano Seganfreddo – Museo di San Benedetto del Tronto (IT)
Contemporaneamente, cur. by Bruno di Marino and Patrizia Ferri, Artefiera Project – Parma (IT)
In Memoria di Valerio Riva, Maretti Prize, Repubblica di San Marino (IT)

2003

Cuore 2/Dirty, cur. by Manolo Morollòn, Galeria Rayapunto , Salamanca (IT)
LELLO SECONDO MORETTI, Art Project, Rome (IT)

2002

Il giornale di Un Solo Giorno, Performance with sculpture, Rome (IT)

FAIR-EVENT

2018

17e Festival international de l’ima cur. Valentino Catricalà Museo de Arte de Caldas, Manizales (CO)

Media Art Festival, MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti (IT)

2016

Yia Art Fair, Brussels (BE)
Art Brussels, Brussels (BE)

2015

Art Brussels, Brussels, (BE)

2014

Digital Life, Romaeuropa festival, Macro, Roma (IT)

2011

54th Venice Biennale, Padiglione Italia-Lazio, Palazzo Venezia, Rome (IT)

Artefiera Bologna, Roma-The road to contemporary art, Art Amsterdam (NL)

2007

11 Mostra Internacional Gas Natural Fenosa, MACUF, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa in Coruña (IT)

Contemporary Art Instanbul, Istanbul (TR)

2007

52nd Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, Venezia (IT)

2006

Biennale Adriatica Arti Nuove, cur. by Antonio Arèvalo and Cristiano Seganfreddo – Museo di San Benedetto del Tronto (IT)

2003

3rd Biennale Internazionale del Libro d’artista, cur. by Mario de Candia, Loredana Rea, Ivana D’agostino, Cassino (IT)

PRIZE

2005

Short Movie Festival, Jury Prize (Abel Ferrara) for “L’8 vizio” in collaboration wirh Claudio Stirlani, Rome (IT)

Prize Armellini Foandation, scultura in Piazza Mondo, Rome (IT)

COLLECTION

V.A.F. Foundation, (DE)
Nomas Foundation, (IT)
Fondation Francès, (FR)
Fondazione per l’arte Roma, (IT)
Mart Museum, (IT)
Finstrall Foundation, (IT-DE)
Armellini Foundation, (IT)
Alighiero Boetti Foundation, (IT)
Macro Museum, (IT)
Mazzoli Collection, (IT)
Galerie Mario Mazzoli, (DE)
Bvlgari Collection, (IT)
Sieppermann Collection, (DE)
Kick off Group Collection, (IT)
Piltzer Collection, (CH)
Studio Stefania Miscetti, (IT)
Rayapunto Collection, (ES)
Primo Marella Gallery, (IT)
Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, (IT)
Perrella associated Studio, (IT)

RESIDENCY

2016

The Swatch art peace hotel, Shanghai (CN)