Pietro Roccasalva, born 1970, Modica (IT), lives and works in Milan (IT).Read More
Roccasalva thinks of himself primarily as a painter, although he often uses other media such as installation, sculpture, performance, film and photography. In his work painting is indeed the constant centre of an ever-expanding constellation of different elements. These elements can be seen as stages that are formally autonomous, but are also part of a greater situation or process: in the context of the development of the Western painting tradition, it corresponds to the setting, the first phase of a process that leads to the creation of a painting.
An internal logic in his oeuvre makes the switching of different media inevitable, and makes it also possible for certain themes and images to be recycled: a work bears often traces of something that has preceded it, in a constant referring to iconographies which repeat themselves in various ways and generate new situations. Roccasalva's work embodies multiple references–ranging from art history to philosophy, from literature to cinema–in relation to the circumstances and contingencies that he encounters in each new context.
Pietro Roccasalva had solo shows at The Power Station, Dallas; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Le Magasin, Grenoble; GaMeC, Bergamo; Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. His work was part of group exhibitions at David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; MCA, Chicago; MoMA PS1, New York; MAXXI, Rome; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; S.M.A.K., Ghent.
He was invited for the Venice Biennial in 2009, the second Torino Triënnial in 2008, Manifesta 7 in 2008 and the Prague Biennial in 2007.
Pietro Roccasalva joined the gallery in 2014.
Text courtesy Zeno X Gallery.