Antonio Rovaldi

1975 · Italy

Artist biography

Antonio Rovaldi is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Italy, like other well-known artists such as Alex Cecchetti, Kostner Hubert, Natascia Raffio, Silvia Mei, and Franco Guerzoni. Antonio Rovaldi was born in 1975.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Antonio Rovaldi is represented by two galleries, which are Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice, Italy and The Goma in Madrid, Spain. Antonio Rovaldi most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice (07 February 2020 until 22 March 2020) with the exhibition So many things in the air!. Antonio Rovaldi's work has also been exhibited during the Five walks - Chapter One: The Sound of the Woodpecker Bill exhibition at The Goma in Madrid, Spain (13 September 2018 - 04 November 2018).

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly sumptuous in cultural power since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a significant influence on the cultural growth and identity of the country. Italy is also the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, meaning 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first major blossoming of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. In the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless remained as an important heart for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Important Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Antonio Rovaldi

Born in 1975, Antonio Rovaldi was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.

Antonio Rovaldi

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