Catherine Biocca

1984 · Italy

Artist biography

Catherine Biocca is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from Italy, like other well-known artists such as Fabio Ballario, Domenico Mangano, Claudia Losi, Gregorio Vardanega, and Francesca Grilli. Catherine Biocca was born in 1984.


Catherine Biocca's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Complexity Cost at greengrassi in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 29 March 2019 until 17 May 2019. Catherine Biocca's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; SS / SAD SYMPHONY (18 May 2017 - 17 June 2017) at Frutta in Rome and Group exhibition (17 January 2020 - 28 February 2020) at Stigter Van Doesburg in Amsterdam. Catherine Biocca's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called SS / SAD SYMPHONY and took place at Frutta in Rome, Italy from the 18 May 2017 to 17 June 2017.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been tremendously lush in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural development and identity of the country. Italy represents the realm of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, meaning 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first major flowering of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. During the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless remained as an important focal point for artistic expression, spawning movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed 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 Catherine Biocca

Catherine Biocca was born in 1984 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and extremely sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Catherine Biocca