Gioacchino Pontrelli was born in Salerno in 1966.

After training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Pontrelli began his research in the field of the interpretation and revisitation of objects that define the current reality in which we all live in.

After selecting the images, often taken from interior design magazines, Pontrelli began work on his canvas, preparing the surface and choosing the right colours to give life to his work. The human elements emerge from the figures of armchairs, chairs and tables placed on the canvas, being transformed into icons, in still lifes.
The artist works using artificial light as a way to perceive exactly what people perceive and live reality today. Lastly, the diptych became a fundamental element in Pontrelli’s research, creating an interaction between the two parties.

Solo shows

2016 - APPUNTI DI UNA GENERAZIONE #3. Gioacchino Pontrelli, Bedroom, curated by Costantino D'Orazio, MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma.
2015 - Gioacchino Pontrelli, galleria Tornabuoni Arte, Firenze.
2014 - Quadreria Pontrelli, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano, Francesca Antonini Arte Contemporanea, Rome.
2012 - Comportamento Emergente, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, galleria OltreDimore, Bologna.
2011 - Di quanti millimetri è fatto il mondo, Accart - Antonella Cattani Arte Contemporanea, Bolzano.
2010 - Altre Stanze, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano, CIAC Centro Internazionale per l’ Arte Contemporanea, Genazzano, Rome; In Between, curated by Elisabeth Claus and Heinz Bartowski, with the support by Klaus Wolbert, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg; Frankfurt.
2006 - In Between, curated by Federico Mazzonelli, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto.
2002 - Distorted superficiality, curated by Laura Culpan, Galleria Autori Cambi, Rome.
2000 - Vaneggio, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Serie Analogica, curated by Raffaele Gavarro and Ludovico Pratesi, Studio Ercolani, Bologna.

Group shows

2016 - Dehors, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano, Museo Capitolare, Cisterna Romana della Cattedrale di Atri (TE).
2015 - Dodici stanze, a cura di Claudio Libero Pisano, CIAC - Castello Colonna, Genazzano;
Close up, cureted by Gianluca Marziani, Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto.
2014 - Nanjing International Art Exhibition, China;
Towards wich planet?, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Canal05 Gallery , Brussels;
Hour party, 1 anno di hour interview, curated by Mauro Piccinini and Ludovica Palmieri, The Double room, Rome;
Art is Real. Una collezione impermanente, curated by Silvia Litardi and Guendalina Sarini, Piazza Pasquino, 69 (edificio storico), Rome;
Dove l’acqua riposa, curated by Paolo Aita, La nuova Pesa – Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Rome.
2013 - Nell’acqua capisco, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano, 55° Biennale Arte di Venezia - eventi collaterali, Palazzo delle Procuratie, Venice.
2012 - Paesaggi complicati, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano, Palazzo Incontro, Rome;
Come una bestia feroce, curated by Federico Mazzonelli, Bonelli Lab, Canneto sull'Oglio, Mantova;
Vetrinale, curated by Cecilia Casorati, Rome.
2011 - Ente Comunale di Consumo, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano, Palazzo del Vittoriano, Rome e Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Arnone, Cosenza;
Percorsi Riscoperti dell'Arte Italiana , Vaf-Stiftung 1947-2010, curated by Gabriella Belli and Daniela Ferrari, MART museo di arte contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto.
2010 - Concerning space, curated by Daniela Bigi, Antico Municipio San Donato Val di Comino (FR);
Impresa Pittura, curated by Raffaele Gavarro and Claudio Libero Pisano, CIAC Centro Internazionale per l’Arte Contemporanea, Genazzano, Rome.
2008 - Well darling, I act, curated by Matteo Boetti, Studio Matteo Boetti c/o Adele-C Studio, Rome;
Allarmi 2008”, (section: “Astero”), curated by Alberto Zanchetta, Caserma Cristoforis, Como;
Words, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto.
2006 - Grazie per una volta, Valentina Bonomo Arte Contemporanea, Rome.
2005 - E vissero Felici e Contenti, co-exhibition with Marco Papa, curated by Francesco Ventrella, Galleria Autori Cambi, Rome;
Getsemani, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, AndreA Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza.
2004 - Arte italiana per il XXI secolo, curated by Lorenzo Canova, Palazzo della Farnesina, Rome;
P.C./A.C. Palermo Ch’ange, curated by Matteo Boetti, Laura Gabarino and Giuliana Stella, Ex deposito Sant’Erasmo, Palermo.
2003 - Melting Pop, curated by Gianluca Marziani, Palazzo delle Papesse/Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena;
FuturoItaliano, curated by Lorenzo Canova, European Parliament, Brussels.
2002 - Archivio attivo, curated by Daniela Bigi, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Carbognano, Viterbo;
Antologia romana, curated by Daniela Bigi and Roberto Lambarelli, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Siena.
2001 - Cantieri Romani, curated by Arnaldo Romani Brizzi and Ludovico Pratesi, Galleria Comunale d’ Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome;
Senza Mani! Provos e le biciclette bianche, curated by Matteo Guarnaccia and Marco Cingolani, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan.
2000 - Futurama. Arte in Italia. Frequenze e Segnali dalle ultime generazioni, curated by Bruno Corà, Raffaele Gavarro and Marco Meneguzzo, Centro per l’ Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato.
1999 - Giganti. Arte Contemporanea nei Fori Imperiali, curated by Ludovico Pratesi e Alessandra Maria Sette, Fori Imperiali, Rome.
1998 - Immaginate, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, ex Palazzo del Municipio, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Caserta;
La pittura nella cruna dell’ago, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Palazzo delle Arti, Capodrise, Caserta;
Festa dell’ arte, curated by Lina Calende and Simona Cresci, ex Mattatoio, Rome;
Panta rei, Galleria Carlomaria Weber, Turin.
1997 - In che senso italiano?, curated by Autori Messa, Galleria Anna d’ Ascanio, Rome;
Giro d’Italia, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Galleria L’ Attico, Rome.
1996 - In tempo, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Alberto Weber, Turin.
1995 - All’armi!, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Quartiere Militare Borbonica, Casagiove, Caserta;
1994 - Pittura al muro, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, Palazzo Pretorio, Fucecchio, Florence.

In short

Pontrelli’s work is strongly influenced by the condition of chromatic alteration of our environment caused by the increasingly widespread presence of the new media. His paintings display clear conceptual processing not so much in the formulation of images as in the formulation of color. It is a strong demonstration of a way of perceiving the world which Pontrelli constantly expresses in painting, but also in other forms. In 1998 he worked with a simple home video of a wedding, altering its colors and re-editing the sequences. Such images are the electronic facet of his work, the explicit reference point for his paintings.

Major solo shows of his work include: in 2000, “Serie analogica” at Studio Ercolani in Bologna; in 1997 “Mai immobili” at the Carlo Maria Weber Gallery; in 1995 “Io e te” at Galleria Nova in Rome. Group shows include: in 2000 “Futurama.Arte in Italia. Frequenze e segnali dalle ultime generazioni” at Museo Pecci in Prato; in 1999 “Auto da fé” at Studio Ercolani in Bologna and “La pittura nella cruna dell’ago” at Palazzo delle Arti in Capodirise (Ce); in 1998 “La festa dell’arte” at the Ex Mattatoio of Rome, “Panta rei” at the Carlo Maria Weber Gallery; in 1997 “37° premio Suzzara- Immagini di realtà, immagini reali” at the Galleria d’arte contemporanea di Suzzara.
Recent Works
28 November - 21 December 2017

Recent works by Gioacchino Pontrelli, and his first London solo exhibition.

Pontrelli’s work is strongly influenced by the condition of chromatic alteration of our environment caused by the increasingly widespread presence of the new media. His paintings display clear conceptual processing not so much in the formulation of images as in the formulation of color. It is a strong demonstration of a way of perceiving the world which Pontrelli constantly expresses in painting, but also in other forms. In 1998 he worked with a simple home video of a wedding, altering its colors and re-editing the sequences. Such images are the electronic facet of his work, the explicit reference point for his paintings.

Major solo shows of his work include: in 2000, “Serie analogica” at Studio Ercolani in Bologna; in 1997 “Mai immobili” at the Carlo Maria Weber Gallery; in 1995 “Io e te” at Galleria Nova in Rome. Group shows include: in 2000 “Futurama.Arte in Italia. Frequenze e segnali dalle ultime generazioni” at Museo Pecci in Prato; in 1999 “Auto da fé” at Studio Ercolani in Bologna and “La pittura nella cruna dell’ago” at Palazzo delle Arti in Capodirise (Ce); in 1998 “La festa dell’arte” at the Ex Mattatoio of Rome, “Panta rei” at the Carlo Maria Weber Gallery; in 1997 “37° premio Suzzara- Immagini di realtà, immagini reali” at the Galleria d’arte contemporanea di Suzzara.