Salvatore Arancio

Born in Catania, Italy in 1974. Lives and works between London and Nice.

The main interest at the centre of Salvatore Arancio’s artistic practice lies in the potential of images. Particularly in how images and their meaning can be re-framed or re-viewed. Each facet of his practice contains an intertwining juxtaposition of the roots and representation of images: natural and artificial, mineral and vegetable, scientific and mythological. Departing from their literal meaning, through the use of a range of media such as ceramics, etching, collage, animation and video, Arancio creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting, aiming to create a sort of atlas of confusion.

Public and Private Collections: Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France; MART, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy; MAXXI, Rome, Italy; Museo Montelupo, Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy; FRAC-Artothèque, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France; Fondo di Acquisizione “Giampiero Cantoni” di Fondazione Fiera Milano, Italy; Fiorucci Art Trust, London, UK; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Deutsche Bank Collection, Milano, Italy; Artist Pension Trust, London, UK; Soho House, London, UK; Galeries Lafayette Foundation, Paris, France; Harris Museum, Presto, UK; NTCM, Milano, Italy.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: La forma della terra, curated by Simone Ciglia, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, Castelbasso, Italy (2020); Education Through Art, curated by Paola Nicolin, Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2020);  Prospettiva Arte Contemporanea, Gallerie d'Italia, Milan, Italy (2019); Black Tower, London, UK (2019); Like a Sort of Pompeii in Reverse, Casa Museo Jorn, Albissola Marina, Italy (2019); Classic Reloaded. Mediterranea, Villa des Arts, Rabat, Marocco (2019); Future Primitive, Gossamer Fog, London, UK (2019); If this planet Heart?, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK (2019); Matera Alberga, Permanent public sculpture and performance, Matera, Italy (2019);, Federica Schiavo Gallery Milan, Italy (2019); Prospettiva Arte Contemporanea – La Fondazione Fiera Milano, Gallerie d’Italia, Milan, Italy (2019); Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy (2019); Centre d'art contemporein La Halle des Bouchers, Vienne, France (2019); Drawing Room, London, UK (2019); Galleria Tiziana di Caro, Naples, Italy (2019); Classic Reloaded. Mediterranea, Bardo National Museum, Tunisi, Tunisia (2019); Surreal Science: Loudon Collection with Salvatore Arancio, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2018); Villa Audi Mosaic Museum, Beirut, Lebanon (2018); Biennale Ceramica – 60° Premio Faenza, MIC, Faenza, Italy (2018); New Relics, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London, UK (2018); Il richiamo di Cthulhu, Palazzo Mazzarino, MANIFESTA12 Collateral Events, Palermo, Italy (2018); Paesaggi mentali / Traiettorie naturali, Museo di Geologia G. G. Gemmellaro, MANIFESTA12 Collateral Events, Palermo, Italy (2018); About a Vase, Palazzo Podestarile, Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy (2018); Is This Planet Earth?, Ty Pawb, Wrexham, UK (2018); Nacré Fraternité, Flat:Two, Digbyland Studios, London, UK (2018); Rock Garden, Semiose Galerie, Paris, France (2018); Builders of Tomorrow, MIC, Faenza, Italy (2017); Synthetic Landscape, Weston Park, Ludlow, UK (2017); A Tranquil Star, Malta Contemporary Art, La Valletta, Malta (2017); Mushrooms on the Ruins, NoguerasBlanchard, Madrid, Spain (2017); And These Crystals Are Just like Globes of Light, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Milan, Italy (2017); In the EarthTime. Our generations of Italian ceramics and the Faenza Prize, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea (2017); Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017); Tropical Hangover, Tenderpixel, London, UK (2017); Evolutionary Travels, Foundación Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016); Travelling Circular Labyrinths, Museo Civico di Castelbuono, Castelbuono, Palermo, Italy (2016); Oh Mexico! Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2016); Teleonomy, Cafe Oto, London, UK (2016); Fashioned to a Device Behind a Tree, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2015); The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015); Une Taxonomie des Sens et des Formes, Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers, Vienne, France (2015); Project 09: Salvatore Arancio, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK (2015); The First Humans, Pump House Gallery, London, UK (2015); Birds, Cinéphémère, FIAC, Paris, France (2014); The Hidden, Ensapc Ygrec, Paris, France (2014); Cathedral, AV Festival, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); Curiosity: Art & the Pleasure of Knowing, Hayward Touring, UK (2013-2014); Cyclorama, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (2013); The Cosmos, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2012); An Arrangement of the Materials Ejected, Spacex, Exeter, UK (2011); Vedere un oggetto, vedere la luce / To See an Object to See a Light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy, (2011); SI Sindrome Italiana, Magasin-Centre National d’Art contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (2010); Catastrophe? Quelle Catastrophe!, Manif D’Art 5, The Quebec City Biennal, Engramme, Quebec City, Canada (2010); I Giovani Che Visitano Le Nostre Rovine Non Vi Vedono Che Uno Stile, GAM, Turin, Italy (2009); Sentinel, Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan, Italy, (2009).

Selected residency: Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico (2017); CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain (2016); Ceramics Fellowship, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2014/2015); Résidences Internationales aux Recollets, Paris, France (2013); Art Omi, New York, USA (2011); EKWC: European Ceramic WorkCentre, SG ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (2012); Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge, UK (2012); Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy (2012); ISCP, New York, USA (2009). He was awarded The Elephant Trust Grant, London in 2011, the Premio ‘New York’ in 2009 and was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2006.

Link: Contemporary Art Society