Emmanuele De Ruvo

1983 · Italy

Artist biography

Emmanuele De Ruvo is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in Italy, like other well-known artists such as Luigi Stois, Alessandro Pessoli, Fiorenzo Fallani, Zeno Bertozzi, and Stefano Epis. Emmanuele De Ruvo was born in 1983.

About Emmanuele De Ruvo's works

Emmanuele De Ruvo plays a pivotal role in the fields of Conceptual and Design. Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has attracted a significant amount of controversy and debate, often provoking strong reactions in its audience. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more important than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most important part of the work, conceptual art thus strives to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his polemical artwork Fontaine, which tried to obliterate the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the productions can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.

Since the early twentieth century, the word “design” has been used to refer to objects appreciated for the aesthetic qualities they convey. It was often used in conjunction with the decorative-arts, but with the societal shifts of the 20th and 21st century, the term “design” expanded to a broader field, and now includes areas such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. Some of the most significant design movements include The Arts and Crafts movements and the Bauhaus, which triumphed in unifying artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Emmanuele De Ruvo's work is on display in 3 galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium and Italy. Some of those galleries are Montoro12 Gallery | Brussels in Belgium, as well as E3 arte contemporanea and Montoro12 Contemporary Art | Artist Residence in Italy. Emmanuele De Ruvo's work has most recently been exhibited at Montoro12 Contemporary Art | Artist Residence in Rome (10 October 2019 until 12 October 2019) with the exhibition Art Verona 2019. Emmanuele De Ruvo's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Meta-Phora, From the Physical to the Moral, which took place at Montoro12 Contemporary Art | Artist Residence in Rome, Italy (21 May 2018 - 22 June 2018).

Currently, Emmanuele De Ruvo has one artwork for sale at Artland.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been tremendously rich in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a major influence on the cultural development and distinctiveness of the country. Italy is also 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. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, Italy was tormented by the fascism of Mussolini but has nonetheless endured as a vital heart 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 Emmanuele De Ruvo

Born in 1983, Emmanuele De Ruvo was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective 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. Many 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 well-known 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 controversial 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 entrepreneurial. The group dominated 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 significant artists who worked to this outline.

Emmanuele De Ruvo

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