Tommaso Ottieri





Naples, 1971
Tommaso Ottieri, born in Naples in 1971, studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Federico II University of Naples and at the Robert Gordon School of Architecture in Aberdeen (UK). In 1996 he obtained a degree in Architecture at the Federico II University of Naples with a thesis on bio-architecture applied to the recovery of the Port of Naples 1990-1995. In 1996 he won at the M.I.T. a Leonardo da Vinci scholarship, thanks to which he moved
in the Cyclades islands, in Greece, to study the canons of biocompatible art and architecture. He settled for two years in Santorini where he worked as an architect for the Sintesi studio and opened his own painting studio in Oia. In 1998 he founded the MERO architecture studio, Palazzo Montemiletto, with Pietro Renna. In 1998 he obtained the Master for the Executive Planning of Bioarchitecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the Federico II University of Naples, where he collaborated on the Project for the Recovery and Enhancement of Religious Paths of Campania and Southern Italy: source of inspiration are the great architects and artists of the time, in addition to the classics whose example he tries to follow. His research is oriented towards the definition of very saturated scenarios aesthetically and chromatically, to propose a vision of the urban landscape and seek a role in its construction. In 2003 he inaugurated the first two personal exhibitions in Naples: Zenzen, at the Council Hall in the Santa Maria la Nova Complex (sponsored by the Province of Naples) and Suonno, at the Hypogeum Rooms of the Annunziata Monumental Complex (sponsored by the Campania Region ). The following year he presents the solo exhibitions Giovanni 19; 41, at the Modernissimo Multicinema organized as part of the exhibition Pezzi Unici Modernissimi-Incontri con l'Arte Contemporanea curated by Luciano Stella and Ciro Cacciola and Do ble, at the headquarters of Seterie Angelo Fusco in Milan. In 2006, the personal Sirene curated by Massimo Bignardi was first presented at the Rubin Gallery in Milan and subsequently - sponsored by the Municipality of Naples, the Campania Region, the order of Architects and with the support of the Banco di Napoli Foundation - was presented at Castel dell'Ovo edited by Giovanna Procaccini. In 2007 he created the exhibition Cento Orizzonti (Palazzo della Ragione and Small Contemporary Art Gallery of Asolo) sponsored by the Cultural Department of the Municipality of Asolo, followed the following year by Grace curated by G. Procaccini at the Overfoto Gallery in Naples and Al Passo dei Giganti curated by A. Zanchetta at Nuovospazio Arte Contemporanea in Piacenza. Between 2009 and 2014 there are numerous personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad: Tommaso Ottieri - Project (2009, Galleria Rubin, Milan) Dieci encausti curated by Arianna Micheli (2010, Galleria Il Sofa di George, Modena) , Landscapes of the mind, interiors-exteriors curated by Giorgio Pajetta (2010, Galleria Forma e Colore, Brescia), Tommaso Ottieri, Grand Tour curated by Daniel Sluse (2010, Acadèmie Royale des Beaux Arts, Liegi), Cento Luci (2011 , Small Contemporary Art Gallery, Bassano del Grappa), For Examples (2011, Rubin Gallery, Milan), Lumi (2012, Galleria Forni, Bologna), Half of Two (2012, Galeria Mada Primavesi, Madrid), All'Opera (2012 , Behind the Scenes Gallery; Catania), Inside In sight. Tommaso Ottieri. Works (2012, Palazzo della Cultura, Catania), Third Part (2013, Galeria Patricia Acal, Madrid), Opera (2013, Galerie Ariel Sibony, Paris), The Metaphysics of Space (2013, Gallery 1905, Moscow), Prima Notte ( 2013, Galleria Rubin, Milan, Prima Notte (2013, Galeria Patricia Acal, Madrid), Brace (2014, Galleria Forni, Bologna), Opera Prima (2014, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, London) and Purgatorio (2014, PRAC Contemporary, Naples) . In 2015, the first Roman solo show The function of black, curated by Marco di Capua, at the Russo Gallery and the solo shows at the CK Gallery in San Francisco and the Mark Ransom Gallery in London. In June 2017 the personal public exhibition Stabat Mater was inaugurated, curated by Maurizio Vanni, at the MARCA of Catanzaro, an exhibition subsequently inaugurated at the Russo Gallery in Rome and accompanied by new works. In 2011 he was among the artists selected to exhibit at the 54th Venice Biennale. The state of the art in the Campania regional pavilion, former Centola Tobacco Factory Complex in Pontecagnano Faiano. During his career, he participated in collective exhibitions: Group Show (2006, Galleria Rubin, Milan), Fuori posto 12. Urgenza della Città. Lurbano in the new Italian painting curated by M. Bignardi (2007, Department Stores Teatrali, Campobasso, exhibition in collaboration with the University of Siena), Twentyfive (2007, Banca Akros, Milan), Elba Arte (2008, Galleria Nuovo Spazio Arte Contemporanea, Portoferraio), Summer Group Show (2008, Galleria Rubin, Milan), Città Panico curated by Francesca Baboni and Stefano Taddei (2008, Galleria Arte in Movimento, Pietrasanta), Sensitive Architecture curated by L. Giusti (2008, Castello di Rivara, Turin), Art Champions-33 artists for the Cannavaro Ferrara Foundation curated by Achille Bonito Oliva (2009, Museo Madre, Naples), Sublimations curated by Claudio Proietti (2009, Casa d'Arte Artribù, Rome) , Persistences on the Border of the Image by Massimo Bignardi (2009, Museo dell'Alto Tavoliere di San Severo, created with the patronage of the Councilorship to the Culture and School Policies of the Province of Foggia, to the Municipality of San Severo (Fo) and with the support of the Regional Fund for Contemporary Art Baronissi), 70 works of contemporary art for Adisco Lombardia in collaboration with Sotheby's Milan (2009) , Colectiva de Verano (2010, Galleria Mada Primavesi, Madrid), A Midsummer night ́s dream (2011, Galleria Mada Primavesi, Madrid), La Costante Cosomologica curated by Gianluca Marziani with the collaboration of the Rocco Guglielmo Foundation (2011, Monumental Complex of San Giovanni, Catanzaro), Rarity Summer Salon Show (2011, Rarity Gallery, Mykonow), Landscape Visionen der Veränderung Visions of a changing world (2011, Stadtmuseum Klausen, Museo Civico di Chiusa), Group Show (2012, Galerie Ariel Sibony, Paris), The Italian Job (2012, Galería Patricia Acal, Madrid), Out of the Blue (2012, Galleria Forni, Bologna), Cranioscopia (2012, Galleria Rubin, Milan). Since 2013, the collaboration with various galleries in Italy and abroad has continued: Galería Patricia Acal (Madrid), Galerie Ariel Sibony (Paris), Galería Patricia Acal (Seville), Galleria Russo (Rome), Russo Art Gallery (Istanbul). He also participates in two events organized by the Prac Contemporary of Naples - Opening (2013) and Città (2014) - and in 2015 he is among the artists of the Linea di Confine exhibition. Nature, the body, the cities curated by Marco di Capua at the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Rome. In 2016 he participated in the collective exhibition Shakespeare in Rome organized by the Galleria Russo in Rome with the patronage of the British Council, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. He has also participated in numerous national and international fairs: Kunst Zürich (2006, 2007, 2008), Artefiera Bologna (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), MiArt (2007, 2008, 2009), Art Cologne (2007, 2008), Scope New York (2008), KunstArt Bolzano (2008), Scope Art Show Basilea (2009), Art Verona (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Road to Contemporary Art Rome (2012), Arte Cremona ( 2012), Bergamo Arte Fiera (2012), ArtFactory Catania (2012, 2013), St-Art Strasbourg (2012, 2013, 2014), Art Up Lille (2014), Contemporary Istanbul (2014, 2015), Art Karlsruhe Germany (2014 , 2015), ArtLondon (2015) and Art Madrid (2015). The awards obtained include the Cairo Award VIII edition organized at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan (2007), the Celeste Award, curated by Julia Draganovic and Gabi Scardi, Brodbeck Foundation, Catania (2010), the Michetti Award (2013, Francavilla al Mare) and the second edition of the Excellent Painters Award - Brazzale, conceived by Camillo Langone and supported by the Brazzale Group (2015). The works of Tommaso Ottieri portray opulent, modern and at the same time historic buildings and urban landscapes, painted in shades of red, blue and golden yellow. His work seeks to achieve an expressive and emotional quality. He lives and works between Rome and Naples.