Alessandro Scarabello is an artist who lives and works between Belgium and Italy. He has exhibited widely, including at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, the PAC and Palazzo Reale in Milan, Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Scarabello has been invited to several biennial events including the Bienal del fine del mundo in South America, the Biennial for Mediterranean Countries in Alexandria, Egypt, the Biennial of Tunis and the Biennial of young artists in Monza. 

In 2020 he was awarded the 10th edition of the Ettore and Ines Fico Prize, the award promoted by the MEF Museo Ettore Fico in Torino. The Prize is devoted to a young artist selected among the ones presented at Artissima 2020.

Co-founder and co-director of MODO asbl, a cultural association in the heart of Brussels, Scarabello works with fellow-artists Serena Fineschi and Laura Viale to stimulate, enrich and renew the dialogue on the centrality and importance of the single work of art in a crowded landscape of digital imagery.

Alessandro Scarabello holds an MFA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) of Ghent and a BFA from the Fine Arts Academy of Rome. He is represented by The Gallery Apart in Rome.

Artist statement

Painting allows me to step out from the incessant flood of human activity and watch it flow in front of me. I consider it a privilege to paint an image in a saturated landscape of digital images. I believe this is a radical position that allows me to focus on my very nature and autonomy as an individual, to interpret personal and non-personal life events through the infinite possibilities of this medium.

In my work I strive to use this perspective to radicalize painting by subtracting any literal reference from the image and bringing the viewer back to the origin of the forces that generated it. My most recent practice focuses on gestures and reduction, combining elements that are drawn from classicism, myths, theater, masks, ancient statuary and the inheritance that comes from the city of my origin: Rome. I aim to reduce these images to an essential structure and to a simplified atmosphere where they lie in a very raw state driven by invisible forces - a place where the levels of sensations are ready to be rearranged autonomously by the viewer in a continuum of the work.

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Lives and works between Brussels and Italy

SOLO SHOWS
2020 I Still Paint, The Gallery Apart, Rome, Italy
2019  Uppercrust, curated by Marcello Smarrelli, Palazzo della Corgna,    
      Castiglione del lago, Italy 
2016  The Garden of Phersu, The Gallery Apart,Rome, Italy
      The Gentlemen, Cecilia Jaime gallery, Ghent,Belgium       
2013  Uppercrust, The Gallery Apart, Rome, Italy
2010  Nous voulons, The Gallery Apart, Rome, Italy
2009  Alessandro Scarabello at Rialtosantambrogio, c/o The Gallery Apart, Rome, 
      Italy
      Inside3, The Gallery Apart, Rome, Italy
2006  Tre di Tre, Antica Fornace Laterizi, Serra de Conti(Ancona), Italy                           
2005  LifeinLines, Sala 1 c/o The Gallery Apart, Rome,Italy

GROUP SHOWS  
2020  Refolded Percorsi meta-artistici, curated by Luiss Master of Art, 
      Pastificio Cerere, Rome 
2019 Phantasma, Francesca Antonini gallery, Rome, Italy
      Silenzioso, mi ritiro a dipingere un quadro, curated by Lorenzo Madaro, 
      Renata Fabbri gallery, Milano, Italy
      Graffiare il presente,curated by Daniele Capra, Casa Testori, Milano, 
      Italy
2018  L’Ora Blù, Yellow, Varese, Italy
      Rendez Vous, Hans Op De Beeck Alessandro Scarabello and Serena Fineschi, 
      Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Museeoldmastersmuseum, Brussels, 
      Belgium
      Rendez Vous, Hans Op De Beeck Alessandro Scarabello and Serena Fineschi, 
      Italian Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium
2017  You can’t, c/o Yellow/Bouquet, Varese, Italy 
      Grand Hotel, Surplace, Varese, Italy
      Prix Mediatine, Cultural Center - Wolubilis Mediatine, Brussels, Belgium
2016  Grand Hotel, Temple University, Rome, Italy
2015  Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 
      Italy
     Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 
      Italy
      The Gentlemen, Cecilia Jaime gallery, Ghent, Belgium
      Final show, KASK, Ghent, Belgium
      Close up, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy
      Spettro, KLAN Art Space, Ghent, Belgium
      What is your poison?, Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium
      Bienal del fin del mundo, 4th Edition, Mar Del Plata, Argentina; 
      Valparaiso, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia 
2014  Don't steal my moment, collaboration of KASK-School of Arts Ghent and 
      Kunstacademie Düsseldorf, KASK, Ghent, Belgium
      Art Revolution, Earth Sciences Museum, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
2013  Biennial of Monza for young artists, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy
      Tw(in)er, c/o Ex Elettrofonica gallery, Internazionali BNL Italia, Central 
      Stadium, Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
2012  Centro Periferia, Federculture, group show of the winners, Palazzo delle 
      Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
      Combat Prize, group show of the finalists, Museo Civico G. Fattori, 
      Leghorn, Italy
2011  GarageZero, GarageZero, Rome, Italy
2010  Slaves, Palladium Theater, Rome, Italy
      Impresa Pittura, curated by Raffaele Gavarro and Claudio Libero Pisano, 
      CIAC – International Center 
      for Contemporary Art, Genazzano (Rome) , Italy
      Image et Mirage, 6th Biennial of Tunis, Palais Khereddine, Tunis, Tunisia
2009  Aftermath, 25th Biennial for Mediterranean Countries, Alexandria Art 
      Museum, Alexandria, Egypt
      Nuove Creatività del Mondo, Federculture, Italian Chamber of Deputies, 
      Rome, Italy
      Studiovisit, A review on works by Italian artists, SPACE Galeria Priestor 
      c/o 26cc, Bratislava, Slovakia
2008  Streams of consciousness, curated by Cecilia Casorati, Palazzo Grassi, 
      Chioggia (Venice),    
      Italy Experimenta – The Farnesina Collection, Italian Ministry of Foreign 
      Affairs, Rome, Italy
      Studiovisit, A review on works by Italian artists, 91mq Art Project Space 
      c/o 26cc, Berlin, Germany
      UP-ART, The Gallery Apart, Rome, Italy
2007  Confronti, Federculture, Rome, Italy
      Nuovi Pittori della Realtà, PAC – Contemporary Arts Pavilion, Milan, Italy
      Nuovi Realisimi, 58th edition of Premio Michetti, Michetti Foundation, 
      Francavilla al Mare, Italy
      Spazi Aperti 5, Academy of Romania, Rome, Italy
2006  Futuro/Presente – Nuove Creatività del Mondo, Federculture, Rome, Italy
2004  Architetture, Franco Maria Ricci Library, Milan, Italy
2003  Giovane Figurazione, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy
2002  L’Aldilà nel mondo islamico e occidentale, Red Castle of Tripoli, Libya
2001  Visione intima, Linee della figurazione contemporanea, National Library of 
      Tripoli, Libya

ART FAIRS (selection)
2020  Artissima, Exhibited artists: Alessandro Scarabello, Corinna Gosmaro,  
      Federica di Pietrantonio, Florian Noifeldt, Marco strappato, Sinae Yoo, 
      Turin, Italy   
      Arte Fiera, Painting XXI, Exhibited artists: Alessandro Scarabello, 
      Corinna Gosmaro, Bologna, Italy
2018  Artissima, Exhibited artists: Alessandro Scarabello, Bertille Bak, Corinna 
      Gosmaro, Turin, Italy
2016  Miart, Exhibited artists: Alessandro Scarabello, Domink Lang, Oliver 
      Ressler, Milan, Italy
2013  ArteFieraExhibited artists: Alessandro Scarabello, Alice Schivardi, 
      Astrid Nippoldt, Diego Iaia, Luana Perilli, Marco Strappato, Milan, Italy  

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2020 Ettore e Ines Fico Prize, (Winner), 2020 Artissima Awards, Turin, 
     Italy
2019  Premio Cairo, 20th edition, (Finalist),Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy   
2017  Prix Mediatine, Wolubilis Mediatine,(Selected), Brussels, Belgium
2015  Bocs Residency Program 2015, Cosenza (I)
2012  Combat Prize, 3rd edition, (Finalist), Leghorn, 
      Italy
2010  Terna Prize, 3rd edition, (Finalist), Rome, Italy
2009  Terna Prize, 2nd edition, (Finalist), Rome, Italy
2008  Terna Prize, 1st edition, (Finalist), Rome, Italy
2007  Nuovi Realisimi, 58th edition of Premio Michetti, 
      Francavilla al Mare, Italy
2006  Centro Periferia, Federculture, International Prize 
      for Young Artists, 1st edition (Winner), Rome, 
      Italy
2005  Premio Celeste, 2nd edition, (Finalist), San 
      Gimignano (Siena), Italy
2003  Premio Cairo, 4th edition, (Finalist), Milan, Italy
2000  Urban landscape extemporary painting award, 1st 
      edition (Winner), Italian Central Office for        
      Environmental and Landscape Heritage, Ex Mattatoio, 
      Rome, Italy