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b. 1976, Italy

Giulia Ricci Biography

Italian-born visual artist and art educator Giulia Ricci draws intricate, disorienting geometrical images utilising a variety of physical and digital processes. While entirely non-representational, her works convey a sense of texture through careful arrangements of grids and patterns.

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Born in Bagnacavallo, Italy in 1976, Giulia Ricci studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Art of Bologna (1995–1999) followed by part-time studies in history of art at the University of Bologna. After graduating, she moved to London in 2004 to study an MFA in sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating in 2007. Receiving a PGCE in art and design in 2009 through a part-time scheme for artists at UCL Institute of Education, Ricci balances a freelance career in teaching with her art practice.

Since her first London solo show, Connecting Threads (2010) at The Estorick Collection, Ricci has featured in multiple group and solo exhibitions in England and overseas. She has also been awarded multiple artist residencies and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize five times.

In her various series and individual works, Ricci utilises a range of materials including ink, pencil, and paint on paper, along with less conventional materials for drawing such as vinyl, wood, and leather. While the processes Ricci uses can be varied, including traditional hand drawing techniques, digital drawing, printing, laser engraving, and video, they are always underpinned by drawing in some form.

At the basic level, all of Ricci's works are comprised of grids of isosceles right triangles. She modifies and distorts the configuration of these grids through compositional techniques such as repetition, mirroring, and rotation.

Compared to earlier works like Order/Disruption No.22 (2011), which have a strong dazzling effect, Ricci's works on paper from later in the 2010s, such as Parallel/Bend No.51 (2017) and Order/Disruption No.73 (2018), are more intricately drawn and subtle in their textual illusion. While the underpinning methodology remains the same, their execution has become more refined.

Alongside these smaller studio works, the artist has completed installations commissioned by several private clients including social media giant Facebook, and for various interiors. Less intimately scaled, the size and patterns of her installations reflect the large scale of the works and surrounding architectural environments in which they are set.

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2020

Giulia Ricci Featured Artworks

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Pink #7 by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Giulia RicciPink #7, 2020Gouache and pencil on paper
120.4 x 100.4 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Navy Blue #8 by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Giulia RicciNavy Blue #8, 2020Gouache and pencil on paper
120.4 x 100.4 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Edible Grey #9 by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Giulia RicciEdible Grey #9, 2020Gouache and pencil on paper
120.4 x 100.4 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Copper #10 by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Giulia RicciCopper #10, 2020Gouache and pencil on paper
120.4 x 100.4 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Orientation / Disorientation no.13 by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork works on paper
Giulia RicciOrientation / Disorientation no.13, 2016Archival oil-based ink on paper, hand-made unique print made with rubber stamps
70 x 70 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Parallel Bend 51 by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork works on paper
Giulia RicciParallel Bend 51, 2018Ink on paper
49.5 x 69.5 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Parallel Bend 53 by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork works on paper
Giulia RicciParallel Bend 53, 2018Ink on paper
49.5 x 69.5 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Untitled (Portfolio of 9 prints) by Giulia Ricci contemporary artwork mixed media
Giulia RicciUntitled (Portfolio of 9 prints), 2012Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag 308gsm
55 x 55 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery

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