Alessandro Roma

1977, Italy
Lives and works in Milan

After living for some years in London, Roma now lives and works in Milan.

Roma’s unwavering pictorial approach is anchored in his formal training and years as a painter. In recent years the artist has delved into different techniques, exploring castings, printing on fabrics, ceramics and collage. His new repertoire of inner landscapes, arising from both real experiences and literary sources, has brought a depth to his oeuvre, turning his imagined universe into something tangible and directly accessible to the viewer,

Roma studied at the Accademia di Brera, Milan and was later invited for a residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany. In 2007 he participated in the IV International Painting Prize, Diputación de Castellón, Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellón.

Roma’s work has been shown in international museums and galleries among which are Prague Biennal (2009), the Mart Museum of Modern and Contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto with the solo show Humus (2011). The artist's recent passion with ceramics will be the focal point of the major solo exhibitions at two of the ceramic museums in Italy, MIC International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza and Museum Case Born in Jorn in autumn 2018.

Selected solo exhibitions include: MIC International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza (Italy) and Museum Casa Jorn, Albissola (Italy) both curated by L. Bochicchio (2018), ‘Sguardo Straniero’, Z2O Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2018), A Vivid Dream, Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London, curated by M. Dacci (2017), Swamp, Villa Croce Museum, Genoa, (2016); One foot in the world and the other in the stillness, Z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2016); Solo show, Coburn project, London (2015); Locus amoenus, Sobering gallery, Paris (2014), Organizzazione organica di forme, Mac, Contemporary art Museum, Lissone (2014); Enclosure, Paradise Row gallery, London (2013); Il sole mi costrinse ad abbandonare il giardino, Brand New Gallery, Milan (2012); Unfolding the Folds, Galerie Alexandra Saheb, Berlin (2011); Sites of action, Scaramouche gallery, New York (2011).

Selected group exhibitions include: Che arte fa oggi in Itaiia, Fondazione Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy, curated by R. Barilli, Archetipo ceramic nell'arte contemporanea, Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy, curated by M. Zauli, Hardest hue to hold, Elsley House, London, curated by A. Emelife (2018), Materia Montelupo, Cantieri contemporanei in ceramics, curated by M. Zauli (2017), Drawing Biennial, Rimini (2016, 2015); Drawing Room, London (2015); Everything is about to happen, Corvi-Mora, Greengrassi gallery, London/Artists Space New York, (2014); Estate, Marianne Boesky New York (2012); Never before a girl done so much with so little, curated by Lucie Fontaine, The Suburbans Gallery, Chicago (2012); Partita a quattro, una riflessione sulla scultura, Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome (2012).

Current Museum Show

Vertigo: Walking on the Edge of the Tone

curated by Irene Biolchini

13 September to 21 October 2018

MIC Museum International of Ceramics Faenza, Italy

Alessandro Roma’s solo show, opening on the 12 of September 2018, is the result of more than one year of collaboration with the artist, who after visiting and living the Museum, has worked and produced inside its spaces.
Vertigo is a new way of arranging the shows dedicated to the newest trend of contemporary art – something that the museum has started back in 2011. Within this new methodology the Museum is not only hosting the show, but is rather an active partner. During the year of production, the artist created an open dialogue with the team, examined our Photographic Archive, explored the deposits, walked through the collection and consulted the unique volumes of the library. In other terms, the artist had access to the multiple resources of the Museum, a unique case in the world scene in terms of chronologic and geographic extension of the collection.

Moreover, during the frequent visits to the Museum, the artist created also eight new works, produced inside the Museum, in the educational section established by Bruno Munari. As it was in Munari’s intention, in which contemporary artists were invited to create an open dialogue with the structure, the MIC actively contributed to the creation of the artworks.

The slow and progressive building of the show, allowed the artist to create an open dialogue between the ceramics and the last year of his production, giving birth to a ‘vertigo’ effect in which painting and ceramics are melt in a site specific installation. In show there are several big textiles that amplify the ceramics. The spectator walking through the show will gain experience of a labyrinth in which he can loose the orientation.

After Ceramics Now, in which the contemporary ceramic production was presented examining its multiple languages and variations, even Roma’s solo show is re-discussing the idea of painting, sculpturing and crafts. The catalogue (produced thanks to z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome and Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London) will reflect this continuity including both the painting and the ceramic production of the recent years. Texts are written by Irene Biolchini, curator of the show, and Marina Dacci, who for several years has been following the artist.

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