Paolo Cirio

1979 · Italy

Artist biography

Paolo Cirio is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in Italy, like other prominent artists such as Gino De Dominicis, Giovanni Zanda, Salvatore Emblema, Umberto Boccioni, and Maurizio Viceré. Paolo Cirio was born in 1979.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Paolo Cirio is represented by two galleries. These are Komplot in Brussels, Belgium and NOME in Berlin, Germany. Paolo Cirio most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Maëlle Galerie in Paris (13 October 2019 until 31 January 2020) with the exhibition Please Leave This World. Paolo Cirio's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Giorgio Persano Torino in Turin (23 May 2019 - 15 November 2019) with the name Systems of Systems and apexart in New York (06 September 2019 - 15 November 2019) with the name The Criminal Type. Paolo Cirio's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Systems of Systems and took place at Giorgio Persano Torino in Turin, Italy from the 23 May 2019 to 15 November 2019.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly rich in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a major influence on the cultural development and identity of the country. Italy represents the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, translating to '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 endured 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 Paolo Cirio

Born in 1979, Paolo Cirio grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Paolo Cirio

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