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PRACTICE

Valerio Abate's work revolves around the practice of writing and the relationship and distinction between figure and background: ranging from painting to installation, he investigates themes such as time, death, the threshold and the sacred in an ethical and poetic perspective.

BIOGRAPHY

   Born in Switzerland to Italian parents in 1994, he studied visual arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Since 2016, he has been exhibiting between Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Since 2019 he has been writing for the Culture Channel of RSI (Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana) and since 2020 for the Italian magazine Antinomie.it. In 2021, he was selected for the annual training of Swiss Italian-language playwrights Luminanza. In 2022, he worked for the Museo delle Culture in Lugano. Since 2023, he has been teaching visual arts at the high school in Mendrisio (CH).

MAIN INFLUENCES

   Laozi, Fan Kuan, Giordano Bruno, Shitao, Johann W. von Goethe, Novalis, Caspar D. Friedrich, Max Stirner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Klee, Franz Kafka, Giorgio Morandi, Ernst Jünger, Mark Rothko, Giorgio Manganelli, Cristina Campo, Richard Serra, Roberto Calasso, Federico Ferrari.

   Many of his influences are anonymous or relate to individual works: think, for example, of a dolmen, a stone or wooden temple, East or West. A film by Denis Villeneuve or Murnau. A mountain, a tomb, a cemetery, a forest, the night and caves. Columns devoutly written in oncial Greek by a Christian monk, a haiku painted by a Buddhist calligrapher. A hymn by Beethoven, Michelangelo's Tondo. Hiroshige's formal analogies. The grapheme O, a hexagram from the I Ching. A gothic room. The painted bear in the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave. The shadow of Petra's gates, the cypresses of Böcklin. A library, the dust on the shelf. Guo Xi's early spring, the colour of wooded hills in May near the Alps. The hieroglyphic tradition, a European or Japanese coat of arms. The bowl, an LED street lamp. A poem by Ungaretti or Leopardi, a branch in the snow, the black stone of buildings that have seen war. A leaf, an unnamed fairy tale.

EXHIBITIONS

2023  Ascona (CH)  Oblio, Casa Serodine

2023  Lugano (CH)  Oblio, Kromya Art Galley (curated by Tecla Riva)

2022  Lugano (CH)   Genesi, Kromya Art Galley (curated by Tecla Riva)

2022  Chiasso (CH)   Prize Le stanze dell'arte, Spazio Officina m.a.x Museo (curated by Ossanna Cavadini)

2021  Brescia (IT)     Finalist Nocivelli Prize, Chiesa della Disciplina (curated by Daniele Astrologo Abadal and Raffaele Gavarro)

2021  Chiasso (CH)   FUORI Le stanze dell'arte (curated by Matilde Tettamanti)

2020  Chiasso (CH)   Le stanze dell'arte, Spazio Officina m.a.x Museo (curated by Antonio d'Avossa and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini)

2020  Berlin (DE)      Urban Deluxe, Bark Gallery (curated by Heike Gallmeier)

2019  Chiasso (CH)   Prize: Sinestesia nel mondo dell'arte, Spazio Officina m.a.x. Museo (curated by Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini)

2019  Milan (IT)         Winner BreraBicocca Prize, Università Bicocca (curated by Marco Casentini and Dany Vescovi)

2018  Milan (IT)         Buchi di Polo, Museo Botanico Aurelia Josz (curated by Maurizio Arcangeli and Clara Bonfiglio)

2017  Milan (IT)         Cosa non fare negli spazi verdi, Museo Botanico Aurelia Josz (curated by Maurizio Arcangeli and Clara Bonfiglio)

2017  Pavia (IT)         Osservatorio 9, Palazzo Mandelli, Arena Po

2017  Milan (IT)         Mondi immaginari, Galleria Molino (curated by Kevin Bellò)

2016  Varese (IT)       PrizeGhiggini Arte: XV edizione, Galleria Ghiggini (curated by Giuseppe Bonini)

2016  Chiasso (CH)   Prize: La memoria nell'arte, Spazio Officina m.a.x. Museo (curated by Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini)

RESIDENCIES​

2022 CimaCittà, Blenio Valley (CH)

2021 CimaCittà, Blenio Valley (CH)

SAMMLUNGEN​

m.a.x. Museo of Chiasso (CH)

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