Agostino Iacurci


Foggia, Italia, 1986

Through his work with synthetic forms and bright colors, by means of an essential language, Agostino Iacurci is able to manage multiple layers of interpretation. This approach sets his tales on the perennial threshold between innocence and artifice, serenity and catastrophe; on a magnetic tension that is the interpretative key to our very existence. His recurrent themes include self-perception, uncertainty, imagination, and play. Conceptually, his work leans towards mechanisms of irony, a play of contrasts that occur with opposites. The artist believes in the use of childlike language to narrate light subjects as well as catastrophic ones. His work has a cynical and critical vision of reality —pessimistic at times— setting the stage for drama and at the same time sublimating it, alleviating it. Iacurci’s work challenges the limits of sinuosity by presenting an image that seems familiar and innocent but is, fundamentally, malicious. And in that uncertainty lays its richness, a half-open door that leads to other interpretations.

Agostino Iacurci’s work has been exhibited at the MACRO Museum in Rome, Italy; the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, USA; the Media Library of Orly in France and the Biennial of Urban Art in Moscow, Russia. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

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Solo exhibitions

2016 | Long story short | Die Kunstagentin, Cologne, Germany

2015 | Appearance and Disappearance | Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, Italy

2015 | Wooden Plants | Wunderkammen at YIA Fair, Carreau du Temple, Paris, France

2015 | Selected works | Wunderkammern at Scope Fair, Basel, Switzerland

2014 | Match mismatch. Curated by Terri Lew | 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Australia

2014 | Small Wheel Big Wheel. Curated by Giuseppe Pizzuto | Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome, Italy

2012 | Tende a zero. Curated by Christian Omodeo | Palladium Theater, Rome, Italy

Group exhibitions (selection)

2016 | FADA, House of Madness | The Watermill Center, New York, USA

2015 | 16° Premio Cairo | Palazzo della Permanente, Milano, Italy

2015 | Codici sorgenti | Palazzo Platamone, Catania, Italy

2014 | From Street to Art. Curated by Simone Pallotta | Italian Cultural Institute of New York, New York, USA

2014 | Artmosphere. Urban Art Biennale | Artplay, Moscow, Russia

2014 | Scope Art Fair | Basel, Switzerland

2014 | OFF Art Fair | Brussels, Belgium

2013 | Paragone. Curated by Christian Omodeo | Galerie LJ, Paris, France

2013 | La Tour 13 | Curated by Christian Omodeo and Galerie Itinerrance. Paris, France

2012 | Stroke Art Fair | Berlin, Germany

2012 | Viaggio con figure nelle fiabe italiane di Calvino | Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

2011 | Un voyage illustré | Médiathèque d’Orly, France

2011 | Lumen Urban Show | Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome, Italy

2011 | Fresh Produce | Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, California, USA

2011 | Synthesim | Centro Culturale Elsa Morante, Rome, Italy

2010 | Ziguline Poster edition | Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome, Italy

2010 | Urban contest, Circo Massimo | Rome, Italy

2010 | Imaginary Fairy Wonderland, The Special Exhibition of Bologna | Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2010 | In fingers, extra space. International illustration group exhibition | Taipei, Taiwan

2010 | Lumen, Arte contemporanea in cotroluce | Complesso monumentale S. Sofia, Salerno, Italy

2010 | Bologna Children’s Bookfair, Bologna, Italy

2010 | Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

2010 | Museo d’Arte di Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan

2010 | Museo d’Arte Otani di Nishinomiya, Japan

2010 | Museo Municipale di Yokkaich, Japan

2010 | Museo d’Arte Ishikawa di Nanao, Japan

2010 | Museo d’Arte di Nagashima, Kagoshima, Japan

2010 | Gra, Giovani Artisti a Roma |  Museo Pietro Canonica, Rome, Italy

Festivals and public works

2016 | Mas fruta | Curated by Arto for Distrito Tec Public Art Program, Monterrey, Mexico

2016 | Skyline | Curated by Giulia Ambrogi. Start India and Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi, India

2016 | Aerial roots | Curated by Jesse James

2016 | Walk and talk | Terceira, Azores

2016 | Water Please | Curated by Oleg Sosnov. Mural Social Club | Kiev, Ukraine

2016 | Coincidences | Ensor Instituut, Oostende, Belgium

2016 | The Crystal Ship | Oostende, Belgium

2016 | Painted Amphora | 214 Lafayette Project, New York, USA

2016 | Biblioteca Particolare | Salone Internazionale del Libro, Torino, Italy

2016 | Plants do not collect vintage cars | Feature Walls | Sheffield, UK

2016 | Immobile | Festiwall | Ragusa, Italy

2015 | Walter | All City Canvas Global Series | Atlanta, USA

2015 | Square Puddle | Curated by Erik Surmont. Le 4eme Mur | Niort, France

2015 | Two landscapes | Berlin, Germany

2015 | Three wheels | Weaart | Aalborg, Denmark

2015 | Milestone project | Girona, Spain

2015 | Mula Fest | Madrid, Spain

2014 | Los Muros Hablan | Contemporary Muralism Project | Bayamon, Puerto Rico

2014 | Popup project | Mario Penna Institute, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2014 | Memorie Urbane | Arce, Italy

2014 | Stazione sanba | Curated by Simone Pallotta. Rome, Italy

2013 | Living Walls | Curated by Monica Campana. Atlanta, USA

2013 | LGZ Project | Curated by Street Kit. Moscow, Russia

2013 | Very Fun Park | Fubon Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

2013 | Le M.U.R | Oberkampf, Paris, France

2013 | Wave Festival | Aubange, Belgium

2012 | Septimo Asalto Festival | Saragoza, Spain

2012 | MUUseum | Zagreb, Croatia

2012 | Arte Urbana Lugano | Lugano, Switzerland

2012 | Bien Urbain | Besançon, France

2012 | Nizzart | Turin, Italy

2012 | Memorie Urbane | Gaeta, Italy

2011 | Outdoor. Urban Art Festival | Rome, Italy

2011 | Waves, urban art event | Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy

2010 |  Picturin International Mural Art Festival | Turin, Italy

Residencies

2017 | Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2014 | Memorie Urbane, Arce, Italy

2014 | Stazione sanba, Rome, Italy

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