Marco Raparelli is a visual artist, video maker and works with drawing, video and installation. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, video animation at Loughborough College of Art (UK) and painting at Accademie de Beaux Art, Brussels, lives and works in Rome.
Among the many exhibitions in which he has participated we remember: “La scrittura degli Echi”, MAXXI, Rome, curated by NERO for independent a project by Hu Hanru, “There is no place like home”, Rome (2014) Time being Time, Museum of contemporary Art of Banja Luka,Republic of Srpska, curated by Bjorn Hegardt (2014), ”Cosa Succede”- A Line Describing a surface, Museion, Bozen, Curated by Frida Carazzato (2013), “Re-Generation”, Museum Macro , Rome, curated by Maria Licata and Ilaria Gianni(2012), “Ceci nes’t pas du cinema”, cinema Massimo, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, curated by Marcella Beccarla and Marianna Vecellio (2011), “I just want to be loved”, MAGA Gallarate (MI), curated by Gaby Scardi(2011), “When In Rome”, IIC, Hammer Museum, LaxArt Los Angeles curated by Luca Lo Pinto (2011), “Mutiny seemed a probability”, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome curated by Adrienne Drake, Flow, Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Bethanien, Berlin, curated by Bjorn Hegardt (2010), “Luoghi per eroi,” Via Nuova Arte Contemporanea, Florence curated by Lorenzo Bruni (2008); “Screening,” Haunch of Venison London (2008); “A,B,C,D,M,N,Z,” Fondazione Bevilacque La Masa Venice curated by Chiara Agnello (2008); “One of these things is not like the other thing,” Galleria unosunove Roma curated by Raimundas Malasauskas (2008); “Sarah’s Journey” Section of the 7th Bulgarian Biennial of Contemporary Art in Varna, Bulgaria curated by Lorenzo Bruni (2008). Solo shows include: “Pina ti amo Catania,” galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome (2005), “Il Futuro non e’ piu quello di una volta,” Galleria Umberto di Marino, Naples (2009), “Look mommy I scribbled”, Exelettrofonica, Rome (2012),“Welcome to the Rest of your Life”, galleria Umberto di Marino, Naples (2013).
The artist’s roots lie in the black and white illustrations of comic books. Using a highly personal and original approach, he creates an apparently ironic communicative language that is undoubtedly effective for exploring various aspects of the surrounding world, including the art world, thanks to his insightful view of society. Drawing is a crucial feature of Raparelli’s work although he avoids any tendency for decoration to predominate. The figures in his works seem to be taken by surprise, unveiled in bizarre poses or in ordinary scenes of everyday life; this portrayal of humanity is universally recognisable and lacks elitist exclusions, enabling everyone to recognise themselves in one of these strange, awkward figures. Employing a ruthless, formal synthesis, the artist recounts what it means to be human without any intention of offering a critique. He provides an eloquent and universal illustration of humanity which, despite being in a constant state of change, will remain timeless in certain ways.
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