Pietro Ruffo

1978 · Italy

Artist biography

Pietro Ruffo is an established mid-career artist, who originates from Italy, like other celebrated artists such as Gino Meloni, Pio Semeghini, Giuseppe Penone, Italo Zuffi, and Lorenzo Di Lucido. Pietro Ruffo was born in 1978.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Pietro Ruffo's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in France, Italy, and Germany. Galleries exhibiting Pietro Ruffo's work include Galerie Italienne in France, Galleria Lorcan O'Neill in Italy, and Blain|Southern | Berlin in Germany. Pietro Ruffo's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Group Exhibition at Galerie Italienne in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 28 November 2019 until 09 January 2020. Pietro Ruffo's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; TRAVERSÉES (09 October 2019 - 22 November 2019) at Galerie Italienne in Paris and POST SHADOWS (05 July 2019 - 19 July 2019) at Galerie Italienne in Paris. Pietro Ruffo's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Doodle & Disegno and took place at Blain|Southern | Berlin in Germany from the 07 July 2018 to 15 September 2018.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical era of the Romans has exerted a significant influence on the cultural and intellectual development of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its immense artistic heritage. Italy is also the country that embodies the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which translates to “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been an intense era of cultural and political awakenings, inducing revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although significantly affected by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary era, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most essential artistic centres, home to cutting-edge movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly influential Italian artists from 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 Pietro Ruffo

Born in 1978, Pietro Ruffo was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Pietro Ruffo

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