Vittorio Santoro

1962 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Vittorio Santoro is an established artist, who was born in Switzerland. Vittorio Santoro was born in 1962. Born in the same country and around the same year are Pipilotti Rist and Ugo Rondinone.


Vittorio Santoro most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at GDM | Paris in France (17 May 2019 until 14 June 2019) with the exhibition Pas de printemps pour MARNIE. Vittorio Santoro's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Sculpture? \ Sculpture | A collaborative exhibition with ARS BELGA (24 April 2019 - 27 April 2019) at Counter Space in Zurich and Art Genève 2018 (31 January 2018 - 04 February 2018) at Counter Space in Zurich. Vittorio Santoro's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Art Genève 2018 and took place at Counter Space in Zurich, Switzerland from the 31 January 2018 to 04 February 2018.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the unravelling of Modernism was the establishment of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its initial members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly became an prominent hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Prior to that, Switzerland had produced some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist span of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another essential movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier might have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first autonomous projects were executed in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy local clients. Remarkable Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Vittorio Santoro

Vittorio Santoro was born in 1962 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Vittorio Santoro