Fabio Viale

Fabio Viale

Fabio Viale was born in Cuneo in 1975. He lives and works in Turin.

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Artworks

Rotas

Marble sculpture

Dimensions: Height 80 cm - Width 80x20 cm
Year: 2018

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Kouros

Marble sculpture

Dimensions: Height 84 cm - Width 63x25 cm
Year: 2018

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Door Release

Marble sculpture

Dimensions: Height 82 cm - Width 45x37 cm
Year: 2018

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Fabio Viale Curriculum

Fabio Viale is a sculptor who has managed to make his name on the international art scene with works made of marble that are so engaging as to become events. In 2002 he constructed Ahgalla, a boat sculpted out of marble that cannot only float but also carry people, with the help of an outboard motor. It has been launched in Carrara, Turin, Rome, Milan, Venice, Saint Petersburg and in 2011 in Moscow. The numerous shows in Italy and abroad, curated by eminent art critics, have singled him out as an artist of great interest for numerous important collections, both public and private. His works have been displayed at the most important contemporary art fairs, including those of New York, Basel, Miami, and London.

Since a young age, Viale has appropriated marble as his choice of material, or rather as his canvas. For the artist the possibilities that the material has to offer are limitless and Viale’s creations emerging from blocks of marble overthrow every common perception of what is within the realm of possibility when working with the material. Additionally, the works are subjected to further transformation at the hand of the artist. The embellishment of the full-body tattoo for example, such as the traditional Japanese irezumi design pattern onto the sculpture, introduces a renewed condition of the classic sculpture. Taking advantage of the recognisability of the classical medium and their universally accepted beauty through Eurocentric art historical ideals, the artist enforces the viewer to confront the altered recreation of the sculpture with their added ornamentation, acknowledging symbols and materiality in a contemporary context. In his practice Fabio Viale additionally addresses contemporary socio-political issues. The actual substance and meaning of sculptures is relocated to a meta-level, accessible through a more profound encounter with the work. Appearance, perception and reality is only illusion, as the heavy marble sculptures appear lightweight as if carved from styrofoam and a marble balloon appears bloated as if physically twisted into a knot. Fabio Viale subverts the physical attributes to merely be a symptom of his artistic practice. Their actual essence, the volume of the object, is almost hidden.

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Volumes Senesi Contemporanea, London, UK.

2018

Fifteen Gagliardi e Domke / Turin, Italy.
Lucky Ehi Galleria Poggiali / Milan, Italy.
In Stein gemeisselt / Glyptothek Munich, Germany.

2017

Door Release/ Fortino, Forte dei Marmi, Italy.
La Suprema, Gallery Kunst & Denker / Düsseldorf, Germany.

2016

Pietà, Basilica di San Lorenzo / Florence, Italy.

2015

+ O -, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi / Florence, Italy. Punk, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi / Pietrasanta, Italy.

2013

Stargate, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA.

2012

Primo piano d’artista, curated by Alessandra Galasso, Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy.

2011

Marmo, curated by Anastasia Shavlokhova, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia.

2009

Marmo, Loft Project Etagi, San Petersburg, Russia. The Pool NYC, Venice, Italy.

2006

Souvenirs, Gagliardi Art System / Gallery, Turin, Italy.

2005

Opera Rotas, Galleria Rubin, Milan, Italy.
Kick-starter, Gagliardi Art System / Gallery, Turin, Italy.
Volere Volare, (with Hiraki Sawa), Galleria Placentia Arte Contemporanea, Piacenza, Italy.

2002

Ahgalla, Galleria Adelinquere, Turin, Italy.

Group Exhibitions

2019

58 - Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

2018

Tattoo - L’arte sulla pelle, MAO, Turin, Italy.

2017

La Suprema - Fabio Viale, Laurenz Berges, Kunst&Denker, Düsseldorf, Germany.

2016

The Naked Age, Gagliardi e Domke, Turin, Italy.

2015

Illusion, Gagliardi e Domke, Turin, Italy.
Arte alle corti, Turin, Italy.
Out of the boxes II, Gagliardi Art System, Turin, Italy.

2014

Presepio. L’immagina della Natività dal Medioevo all’Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Madama, Accademia Albertina, Turin, Italy.
Artsiders, Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia, Italy.
Icastica, Arezzo, Italy.
Summer Sculpture, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA.
Premio Cairo, Palazzo della Permanente di Milano, Italy.

2013

Assonanze/Dissonanze " Assonance/Dissonance, Italian Cultural Institute of NewYork, USA.

2012

Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C.to last week, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA.

2011

Senza Rete, Loft Project Etagi, San Petersburg, Russia.
One, Another, curata da Stefanie Roach, The Flag Art Fondation, New York, USA.
GranTorino, curata da Francesco Poli e Paolo Facelli, Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum, Miami, USA.

2010

Hunters & Gatherers, Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Svizzera.
La scultura italiana del XXI secolo, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation, Milan, Italy.
2d3d, curata da Alessandro Romanini, Fabbrica dei Pinoli, Villa la Versiliana, Pietrasanta, Italy. Scherzo, satira, ironia, curata da Peter Weiermair, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany. XIV Biennale di Arte Sacra, Museo Staurus d’Arte Sacra e Contemporanea, Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy.
XXL, curata da Alberto Zanchetta, Superstudio Più, Milan, Italy.

2009

Speculazioni d’artista. Quattro generazioni allo specchio, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy.

2008

Experimenta, curated by Augusta Monferini, Maria Grazia Tolomeo and Alberto Dambruoso, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, La Farnesina, Rome, Italy.
Qui vive?, I Biennale Internazionale per Giovani Artisti, curata da Marisa Vescovo e Alessandro Carrer, organizzata da IGAV, National Centre for Contemporary Art and The Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
Energie sottili della materia, organizzata da IGAV, SUPEC - Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai, Cina; China National Academy of Painting, Beijing, Cina.
Arrivi e Partenze: Italia, curated by Alberto Fiz and Walter Gasperoni, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy.
Nothing But Sculpture. XIII Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, curated by Francesco Poli, Carrara, Italy.

2006

Natura e Metamorfosi, curated by Marisa Vescovo, organized by IGAV, SUPEC - Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China; China National Academy of Painting, Beijing, China;
Il Segno di giugno, Galleria Il Segno, Rome, Italy.

2005

Untitled, ex Faema (former Faema factory), Milan, Italy.
Serrone Biennale Giovani Monza, Serrone della Villa Reale, Monza, Italy.

2004

Allarmi, curata da Ivan Quaroni, Norma Mangione, Alessandro Trabucco, and Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, Caserma De Cristoforis, Como, Italy.
Disegnare il marmo, a cura di Marisa Vescovo, Palazzo Binelli, Carrara, Italy.

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