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novembre 20, 2017
novembre 20, 2017

M aurizio Cannavacciuolo (born 1954 in Naples Italy) lives and works in Rome.

In the '70s after leaving unfinished architecture studies he began his work as a self-taught artist and realized his first artistic experience with Lucio Amelio's gallery. Since then he has been active on the international art scene. His iconographic and conceptual research seeks between horror vacui and humor of the absurd theater, preferring images often at the limelight of calligraphic and concepts capable of self-dissolving.

An ironic vision of art and life that never ceases to be profound, reaching the roots of our culture and spirituality by guiding ourselves to meditation, all made possible by a pictorial style intrinsic to the Mediterranean tradition with Middle Eastern influences. Since the late 1980s he has been travelling frequently to South East Asia and the Americas.

"Cannavacciuolo cannibalizes all he comes into contact with, in reality as well as in imagination, from culture to politics, from actuality to religion. Observing his artworks is a wandering without limits, between true and false, dream and nightmare, life and death, beauty and cruelty. A unique, original, exuberant trait. A vacuous horror that goes beyond the limit of common sense"


His works have been displayed in international galleries and public institutions including Studio Guenzani in Milan, Sperone Westwater in New York, Fundacion Ludwig de Cuba in La Habana, Asprey - Jacques and Sprovieri in London, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Santiago de Chile, Museu da Republica, Galeria Catete in Rio de Janeiro and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art a Gateshead.

A selection of solo shows include: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2016); Allegra Ravizza Art Project, Milan (2010); Sprovieri Progetti, London (2009); Spazio Millesimato, Montalcino (Siena) (2006); Pescali & Sprovieri Gallery, London (2006); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2005); Suzy Shammah, Milan (2004); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2004);

Edicola Notte, Rome (2003); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile (2003); Museu da Repubblica-Galeria Catete, Rio de Janeiro (2002); Franco Noero, Turin (2001); Francesca Kaufmann, Milan (2001); Cardi, Milan (2000). His artworks are included in Farnesina collection, Rome, Camera dei Deputati collection in Rome, “Cilea – Quattro Giornate” tube station in Naples.