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Angelo Bellobono

Italy 1964

Performance Art, Video Art, Painting, Drawing

Angelo Bellobono
Angelo Bellobono
December 13, 2015

Angelo Bellobono is an Italian artist, whose practice is focused on investigation of belonging, identity, transformation and the changing nature of things. Whether he creates paintings, drawings, video or performance, Bellobono’s body of work speaks about the constant geological change and the fragility of personal identity and borders.

Paintings by Angelo Bellobono

Angelo Bellobono - Transitory borders, 2015
Angelo Bellobono – Transitory borders, 2015

Born in Rome in 1964, Angelo is a passionate traveler. During his extensive travels around the world, the artist witnessed many rapid sociopolitical and geopolitical changes that have effected people forced to live in cultures outside of their own.

In most cases, Bellobono extends his painting practice towards projects that collectively highlight community engagement. His portraits convey a sense of dramatic irony, lost in a blinding whiteness or in a dark sea of crude oil, at once liquid and solid, conceptually unstable and temporary.

A series of geological and personal coincidences led him to draw a connection between the American Appalachians and the Moroccan Atlas, where Bellobono has created Atla(s)now – his most significant project and a community platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration where art and skiing positively enrich the local Berber communities.

Ice paintings – acrylic, mineral and glue on PVC

Angelo Bellobono - Atla(s)now Project - Ice paintings, 2012 - acrylic, mineral and glue on pvc
Angelo Bellobono – Atla(s)now Project – Ice paintings, 2012 – acrylic, mineral and glue on pvc

In the series of portraits inspired by John Stuart Mill’s philosophical work On liberty, Bellobono yet again explores the thorny paradox of destiny and a constant striving for a place in which to belong. Besides well-known figures from intellectual and political circles, the artist also portrays people with an identity that is nomadic and constantly undergoing definition, like the African and Asian immigrants with whom the artist collaborates in his works. Constantly evolving, the series raises important questions regarding the freedom to choose our own identity – freedom that is not given to everyone.

Lowlife Drawing

Angelo Bellobono - Lowlife Drawing #14
Angelo Bellobono – Lowlife Drawing #14

Bellobono’s works have been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, USA, Asia, and Africa – in Rome, Calcutta, New Delhi, Brussels, and Cairo, just to name a few. Besides many group and one-man shows held in various galleries and museums, he has also participated in the XV Quadrennial of Rome and the IV and V Marrakech Biennale. His works are also included in numerous public and private collections, such as MAAM Museum Rome, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Benetton, Hoguet, Floridi, and Peretti.

He is represented by Wunderkammern Art Gallery in Rome.

Angelo Bellobono divides his time between Rome, New York and Imlil in Morocco.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Borders continuity, environmental action and workAtla(s)now spread out museum, Toubkal Atlas mountain, MoroccoSolo
2015Before me and after my time – muralRamapough community center, Mahwah, New JerseySolo
2015OriginJersey City theater Center, NJGroup
2015Group showRichard Taittinger Gallery, New YorkGroup
201548th Premio Vasto Arte magicaVasto, ItalyGroup
2015Flux art fairCorner exchange building Harlem, New YorkGroup
2015Praestigium contemporary artist from ItalyFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TorinoGroup
2014Before me and after my timeE.R. Butler & Co. New YorkSolo
2013The contemplative vision and the exaltation of feelingsGallery Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
20131 month pop-up show in DumboAS Artist Studios – Dumbo – New YorkGroup
2013Double jeFrank Pages Gallery, Crans Montana, SwitzerlandGroup
2012Project at the 4th Marrakech BiennalEsav, Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels, MarrakechSolo
2012QuadratonomadePalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomaGroup
2011And then there was the iceWunderkammern Gallery, RomaSolo
2011Tutte le lune del mondoSpace Metropoliz, RomaSolo
2011About freedomWhitelabs Gallery, MilanoSolo
2011CrosscurrentsCivic Art Center, Lagos, NigeriaGroup
2010Eastside - The journeyBiasa Artspace, Semyniak, Bali, IndonesiaSolo
2010DifformeAratro Museum, University of CampobassoGroup
2010SbandatiEx Gil, RomaGroup
2010Under italian eyesMuseum of modern art, Cairo, EgyptGroup
2010Impresa PitturaCIAC, Genazzano, RomaGroup
2009Low Life Wellbeing Center_Bunker HouseChanging Role Gallery, NapoliSolo
2009Lower east lifeEnvoy Gallery, NYCSolo
2009Titled – UntitledWunderkammern, RomaGroup
2009IncrociOpen space contemporary art, Catanzaro, ItalyGroup
2009GustovagandoMacro museum, RomaGroup
2008Chist’ è o’ paese d’o’ soleFondazione Volume L’Union, RomaSolo
2008AmbientartiPalazzo dei Priori, ViterboGroup
2008Young bloodOpera Gallery, NYCGroup
200815th Quadriennale di RomaPalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomaGroup
2008Viaggio sul nastro di MobiusDora Diamanti Gallery, RomaGroup
2008ExperimentaFarnesina Collection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RomaGroup
2007La Bellezza del MondoGiamaartstudio, Vitulano, ItalyGroup
2007Paesaggi MetropolitaniMuseo laboratorio La Sapienza, RomaGroup
2007Ficci Frame festivalRenaissance Hotel, New Delhi, IndiaGroup
2007OnThe Edge of VisionVictoria memorial hall Calcutta - Museum of Modern art Mumbay and New Delhi, IndiaGroup
2006Temporary CivilizationIl Sole artecontemporanea Gallery, RomaSolo
2006Winner Celeste prize 2005Italian Consulate LondonSolo
2006Futuro Presente PrimordialeArtsinergy Gallery, BolognaSolo
2006Art TerritoryCentrale Montemartini, RomaGroup
2005Osservatorio BellobonoIl Sole artecontemporanea Gallery, RomaSolo
2005Pasolini e RomaMuseo di Roma in Trastevere, RomaGroup
2005Winner Premio CelesteMagazzini del sale, SienaGroup
2005TECScuderie Aldobrandini, FrascatiGroup
2005UnmediatedTossi Gallery, FirenzeGroup
2004RecruitmentAltri lavori in corso Gallery, RomaSolo
2003Body Life ProgramStudio d’Arte Fedele, Monopoli, BariSolo
2003Extrasistole e Pace MakerDAG Art Gallery, LivornoSolo
2002Aria CompressaCasa Pratesi, RomaSolo