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Arcangelo (Esposito Arcangelo)

Born in Avellino, Italy, in 1956. He lives and works in Milan and San Nazzaro, Benevento, Italy. In 1976 he enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Rome, graduating in 1980. He moved to Milan in 1981.

He began to work on his “Terra mia“ ( “My Land”) cycle in the early Eighties. In 1984 he participated in the group show Perspective at the Art Basel. This was followed by two solo shows at Tanit Gallery in Munich and Buchmann Gallery in Basel. In 1985 he took part in the group show Nuovi Argomenti at PAC in Milan and exhibited solo shows at Janine Meutsch Gallery in Cologne, Harald Behm Gallery in Hamburg and Klaus Lupke Gallery in Frankfurt, and began working on the sculptures Montagne Sante (Holy Mountains). In 1986 Alcangelo has more solo shows of his work were held at Galerie Tanit in Munich, at Engstrӧm Gallery in Stockholm and Studio Guenzani in Milan, and he took part in the group shows XI Quadrennale in Rome, Prospect ’86 at Kunstverein und Schrin Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Dopo il concettuale at Museo Provinciale d’Arte in Trento and a show at Galerie Pierre Huber in Geneva. In 1987 he exhibited at PAC in Milan, at Museum der Stadt in Esslingen, at Galerie Maeght-Lelong in Paris and at Edward Totah Gallery in London. In the late ‘Eighties he began creating his Altari (Altars), and in 1989 and 1990 he started work on the Pianeti (Planets) cycle.

In 1990, after travelling to Africa, he produced the Dogon cycle, exhibited at the Kunstverein in Bonn in 1991. In 1992 he presented a solo show at the Modern Art Museum in the Réfectoire des Jacobins in Toulose. In 1993 he exhibited at La Ferme du Buisson Contemporary Arte Centre in Marne-La-Vallée, at the St. Priest Municipal Contemporary Art Gallery and at Kodama Gallery in Osaka. In 1994 his Stanze (Rooms) were shown at the Ottto Gallery in Bologna, and he was back at Tanit in Munich and Alice Pauli’s gallery in Lausanne. In 1993 and 1994 Arcangelo exhibited his works at the Fukuyama Museum of Art in Japan and the new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Toulouse, Les Abattoirs. In 1995-1996 he organized two leonkart events at Leoncavallo Social Centre in Milan. In 1996 he presented Le navi (The ships), a series of wax sculptures, at Galerie Di Meo in Paris and Galleria Gentili in Florence. He began work on his Misteri (Mysteries) cycle in the summer of the same year. Between 1996 and 1998 he exhibited in several galleries: Tanit in Munich, Otto in Bologna, Janine Mautsch in Cologne and Bernard Cats in Brussels, and the Civica Raccolta del Disegno in Salò held an exhibition dedicated to his works; he took part in Ultime Generazioni, XII Quadriennale Nazionale d’Arte in Rome. In the same year Arcangelo started work on a short cycle entitled Verso Oriente (Eastwards) and exhibited his terracotta Anfore (Amphorae) at Caffè Florian in Venice.

In 2000 Lorenzelli Arte in Milan held a solo show entitled Tappeti persiani, sarcofago, anfore (Persian carpets, sarcophagi, amphorae). In the summer of 2001 he started work on his Feticci (Fetishes) and Sanniti (Sannites), produced his ceramic Orti (Gardens) made by Ceramiche Gatti in Faenza, and exhibited his Trofei di caccia (Hunting trophies) at Tanit Gallery in Munich. In 2003 he published the monograph Arcangelo (Edizioni Quattroemme, Perugia) and designed a series of Monotipi (Monotypes), exhibited in Italy and Germany. In 2004 he exhibited at Lorenzelli Arte in Milan, held solo shows entitled Lunga notte di stelle Sannite and Terra dei Sanniti in Rome at Galleria II Volume, and printed a precious volume of engravings accompanied by 14 poems by Alda Merini (Edizioni Lo Sciamano). In 2005 he created Le mie case (My homes), and in 2006 he began work on his I Vedenti (Seers) cycle. In 2006 he exhibited at Kaj Forsblom Gallery in Helsinki, participated in the exhibition Per esempio, Arte contemporanea italiana dalla collezione UNICREDIT at MART in Rovereto, and published the 2nd volume in Arcangelo-Monografia. Opere dal 1983/2007 (Damiani Editore, Bologna). He started working on the Kenya-Masai cycle in the summer of 2007. In 2009 he inaugurated exhibitions at Marcorossi artecontemporanea in Verona and Pietrasanta.

In October 2009 he created paintings and works on papers dedicated to the Ségou, which he exhibited in 2010 at the Fondazione Volume! in Rome, Lorenzelli Arte in Milan. In 2010 he also began work on a project focusing on young artists in San Nazzaro (Benevento), entitled C.A.P.A. – Casa Arcangelo Progetto d’Arte. In 2011 he opened a solo show in the Church of the Immacolata, at the Aragonese Castle in Ischia, curated by Marilena Pasquali. In 2012 his Beirut exhibition featured a new cycle of works at L’Espace Kettaneh Kunigk (Tanit), Beirut, Lebanon, and he held a solo show entitled Da terra mia, curated by Ivan Quaroni, in Borgomanero and in Monza. In 2015 he participated in the group show Passaggi at the Musée d 'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne in France and at the Fondazione Volume!, Rome. In the same year he won the 56th InternationalBugatti-Segantini Career Award, and presented a solo exhibition at the historic Villa Brivio and Villa Vertua complex in Nova Milanese, Italy.

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