Biography

(B. 1982, Florence, Italy)

After spending some years in London, he came back to Italy in 2001, where he began to build a personal artistic path that led him, in 2001, to participate in the exhibition “happiness. a survival guide for art and life”, curated by David Elliott E Pier Luigi Tazzi, at Mori Art Museum of Tokyo.

Since then, his attention has been focused on light as a necessary material for vision. In the centre of his work he puts the interest for three dimensional space and light, and he has developed a research on mental image and the essence of subjects.

Fog or sunlight streaming through colorful curtains is just one of the light effects at the core of the artist Giovanni Ozzola’s oeuvre. Working mostly in photography and, more recently, video, Ozzola produces picturesque images that oscillate between the immediacy of capturing the ephemeral and the carefully constructed artifice traditionally associated with painting—all while evoking the five senses. In his three-dimensional practice, Ozzola looks at some of these same properties by using a variety of materials: neon lights to illuminate found objects from within, marble installations as backdrops for video projects, or slate slabs as surfaces for etching.

Solo Exhibitions
2017 Wrecks and Rooms with Stars (Relitti e Camere Con Stelle), curated by David Ferri, Untitled Association Berlin, Germany
2016 Scars, Smac Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 Giovanni Ozzola, Smac Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 Sistemi Di Realta’, Curated by Ilaria Mariotti, SMS, Pisa, Italy
2016 Adrift, District Six Museum Homecoming Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 Cercando Nella Notte Persa, curated by Davide Ferri, Anna Maria Atti Maccaferri, Spazio 9aposa, Bologna, Italy
2015 Soul and Metal, 313 Art Project, Seoul, South Korea
2015 Dove Nasce il Vento, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2015 Giovanni Ozzola, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 La Théorie des Comètes, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
2013 Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan
2013 Flash art Event, Palazzo Del Ghiaccio, Milan, Italy
2012 Routes and Stars, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
2012 Geografie Della Mente, Società Geografica Italiana, Villa Celimontana, Rome, Italy
2012 Castaway Depot: 41° 7’ 31” N 16° 52’ 0” E – in a Sentimental Mood, Doppelganger, Bari, Italy
2012 Genealogia #2, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Gallerie Fuoricampo, Siena, Italy
2011 Naufragio, a cura di Ludovico Pratesi, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, Italy
2011 Vena, Cecchi Arte, Cantine Cecchi, Castellina in Chianti, Italy
2010 On the Edge, curated by Elena Forin, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Recollection in time, curated by Marco Nember, A3M Brixia bv, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2009 Rencontres lors d’une promenade nocturne, , Villa Bardini, Firenze, Italy
2009 Giovanni Ozzola, curated by Elisa Del Prete, Galleria Fabio Tiboni, Bologna, Italy
2009 After the rain, Ines Musumeci Greco, Loto Arte, Roma, Italy
2008 Omnia Munda Mundis, permanent installation for Castello di Ama, Gaiole, Siena, Italy
2008 Giovanni Ozzola – video works, curated by Michiyo Miyake, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Twice / hold me tight I’m in love of it, videoinstallation, Supernova, Firenze, Italy
2007 Giovanni Ozzola, Sala della Palazzina di Forte Belvedere, Firenze, Italy
2007 Art First, Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy
2006 In a sentimental mood, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
2004 Giovanni Ozzola, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy

Group Exhibitions
2016 Re-Birth, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, Abu Dhabi Art 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2016 Teoria Della Nuvola, curated by Davide Ferri, Gallerie Marcolini, Forli, Italy
2016 L’Armonia Del Bianco, Les Maison de Judith, Courmayeur, Italy
2016 The Earth and Ever After, 21, 39 Jeddah Art Event, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2016 You + ME =Us, Galleria Continua, La Habana, Cuba
2015 Tu Dois Changer Ta Vie, Lille 3000, Lille, France
2015 Follia Continua!, Le Cenquatre-Paris, Paris, France
2015 Édra. Tutta L’Italia É Silenziosa, Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy
2015 More Spaces, Palazzo Pigorini, Parma, Italy
2015 The Approach, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2015 LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art, Guangdong Museum of Art, China
2015 ADAM Project, Site Specific, Scicli, Italy
2015 Bocconi Art Gallery, Bocconi University, Milano, Italy
2015 Cinema Fausto – Y Se Hizo La Luz, Galleria Continua, Prado y Colon, Habana Vieja, Cuba
2015 TU35, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
2014 LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China
2014 LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art, Griffith University Art Gallery, Maap Space, Brisbane, Australia
2014 On Another Scale, Curated by Ricardo Sardenberg, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
2014 Scenario di Terra, Curated by Veronica Caciolli, Daniela Ferrari, Denis Isala, Paola Pettenella, Alessandra Tiddia, Mart –
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
2014 Premio Artistico Fondazione VAF, Posizioni Attuali Dell’Arte Italiana, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
2014 Premio Artistico Fondazione VAF, Posizioni Attuali Dell’Arte Italiana, Schaufler Foundation, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany
2013 Pen to Paper, Al Madad Foundation, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2013 Incontri, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Capannori (Lucca), Italy
2013 Premio artisti per Frescobaldi, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy
2013 Paraphernalia, De Garage, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Belgium
2013 Giovanni Ozzola’s Art Factory Workshop, Dynamo Camp, San Marcello Pistoiese, Italy
2013 Der Blitz, Il/Naturale, Galleria Civica G. Sergantini, Arco, Italy
2013 Quartiers D’ete de la Collection bernard Magrez, La villa les Roches Brunes, Dinard, France
2013 Un Luogo Aperto, Galleria D’arte Moderna e Contemporanea Raffaele de Grada, San Gimignano, Italy
2013 Rêves de Venise, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France
2013 Oltre Il Giardino, L’Idea del Giardino Nell’arte Contemporanea Un Omaggio a Pietro Porcinai , Italy
2013 Acqa, Arte Contemporanea, Historical Green house (Balestri, Cioncolini, trenti) Montevarchi, Italy
2013 Dinard, L’Amour Atomique, Palais des Arts et du Festival, France
2013 Past Forward. Conservare Memoria-Produrre Realtà, Centro Arti Visive di Pietransanta, Italy
2012 Osservazione Della Natura in Stato di Quiete, L’Opera Tra Aura E Condivisione, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy
2012 Italians Do It Better, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2012 Elements, Lu Mi Project, Palazzo Montoro, Rome, Italy
2012 Rapporto Confidenziale, Museo Pecci Milano, Milan, Italy
2012 Future, Landscape: A Changing Exhibition Parte II, Forte Marghera, Italy
2012 Prospettive Italiane – Percorsi, Visioni, Orizzonti, Palazzo Borghese, Rome, Italy
2012 Meriggio a Carignano, Villa al Console, Lucca, Italy
2012 Cartabiana_Firenze, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova, Italy
2012 Officina Italia 2. Nuova Creatività Italiana, Crab Centro Ricerca Academia di Brera, Italy
2011 12° Premio Cairo, curated by Luca Beatrice, Museo della Permanente, Milano, Italy
2011 Meriggio a Carignano, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Villa il Console, Carignano, Italy
2011 DOVE FINISCE IL DESTINO? Alogità dell’esistenza, Teatro Valle, Rome, Italy
2011 Arte e Movimento: Visioni Urbane, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Audi Zentrum, Rome, Italy
2011 Nuova creatività italiana (Officina Italia 2 Biennale giovani 3), Centro Civico Baraccano, Bologna, Italy
2011 Talenti emergenti, CCCS – Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
2011 Disappearance, curated by Gaia Serena Simionati, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
2011 Il giardino segreto, Museo Archeologico di Santa Scolastica, Bari, Italy
2011 Fotografabilly, Anna Clemente Interior Designer – Dino Morra Arte Contyemporanea, Naples, Italy
2010 Il giardino segreto. Opere d’arte del secondo Novecento nelle collezioni private pugliesi, ex Convento di Santa Scolastica, Bari, Italy
2010 China Purple, No Soul For Sale, ViaFarini – Tate Modern – Turbine Hall Bridge, London, UK
2010 Linguaggi e Sperimentazioni. Giovani artisti in una collezione contemporanea, curated by Giorgio Verzotti, MART Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
2010 A World within the World – Un Mondo dentro il Mondo curated by Julia Trolp, Milano, Italy
2010 Niente da vedere tutto da vivere, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Eventi paralelli XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Istituto del Marmo Pietro Tacca, Carrara, Italy
2010 8 minuti dal sole, 1 minuto dalla luna, curated by Alessandro Romanini, LU.C.C.A, Lucca, Italy
2009 Sensibili Energie, curated by Alberto Salvadori, GCAMC, Arezzo, Italy
2009 The Difference, curated by Vincente Verlé, Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble, France
2009 La Fioritura del Bambù, ViaFarini DOCVA, Milano, Italy
2009 Il Cielo in una stanza, curated by Andrea Bruciati, GC.AC, Monfalcone, Italy
2009 P.T 01, Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, United States
2009 Rites de passage, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Schunck- Glaspaleis, Herleen, The Netherlands
2008 P.T 01, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Italy
2008 Paesaggio Italiano, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, LUISS Guido Carli, Roma, Italy
2008 Bad Boys, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Castello dell’ Acciaiolo, Scandicci, Firenze, Italy
2008 Italian Genius Now, Museo Pecci, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, New Delhi, South Korea, Japan, China, India
2006 Scirocco, curated by William Meusburger, nominator Pier
Luigi Tazzi and Antonio Catelani, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
2005 Gemine muse, curated by Stefano Pezzato, Museo di Pittura Murale San Domenico, Prato, Italy
2005 Guardami, Percezione del video, curated by Lorenzo Fusi, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
2005 In- visibile in- corporeo, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, MAN Museo d’Arte, Nuoro, Italy
2005 Videodrome, video immagine realtà, Museo Laboratorio, Città Sant’ Angelo, Italy
2004 Museo Pecci Progetto Collezione, Project room, Museo Pecci, Prato, Italy
2003 Happiness. A survival guide for art and life, , Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2002  Soirées, project by Pier Luigi Tazzi, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi, Pelago, Italy

Public Collections
AGI collection, Verona, Italy
Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, Bordeaux, France
Leon Bianco, Pisa, Italy
Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France
Museo Pecci, Prato, Italy
Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
Omnia Munda Mundis, Castello di Ama, Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
VAF Foundation, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Vanaa, Cecchi, Castellina in Chianti, Italy

Artist Residencies
2015 Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Awards
2011 Premio Cairo, Milan, Italy
2010 Talent Prize, Rome, Italy
2008 Premio Terna Gigawatt Category, Rome, Italy
2007 Seat Pagine Gialle, Italy

 

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