From the very beginning of his career, Angelo Bellobono has always placed humanity and the territory at the centre of his artistic research, stressing the difficult relations of belonging and identity, understood not simply in the socio-cultural sense but also in a biological sense. The mechanisms by which biochemistry translates into behaviours and emotions is the thread running through all his paintings, videos and performances, taking the emphasis away from the presumed spirituality animating human existence.
His portraits thus convey a sense of dramatic irony, lost in a blinding whiteness or in a dark sea of crude oil, at once liquid and solid, conceptually unstable and temporary, dependent on their chemical sense of biological precariousness. They reveal the constant efforts made to seek out an identity and a place in which to belong, a constant freezing and unfreezing of hidden or denied existences and of an ideal well-being. Bellobono gives form and consistency to a sampler of emotions experienced by all human beings; in his most recent works, which also probe the drive to immigrate, this investigation once again combines painting with performance and video art.
Angelo Bellobono held his first important solo exhibition in 1995, with the presentation of Meeting in America at the Galleria Spagnolo in San Diego (CA), followed by Aria Compressa a Casa Pratesi in Rome. In 2003 he held Extrasistole e Pacemaker curated by Raffaele Gavarro at Livorno’s DagArtGallery, Body Life Program and Recruitment, both curated by Lorenzo Canova, in Bari and at the Galleria Altri Lavori in Corso in Rome.
In 2006 he held the exhibition Temporary Civilization at Sole Arte Contemporanea, curated by Francesca Franco. Angelo Bellobono’s major collective exhibitions include: the 2002 Premio Lissone, the 26th Premio Vasto and Futuro Italiano at the European Parliament curated by Lorenzo Canova; Arterritory curated by Gianluca Marziani and Dominique Lora at Rome’s Centrale Museo Montemartini, TEC at the Scuderie Aldobrandini in Frascati on invitation by Alessio Verzenassi. In 2005, he was awarded the Premio Celeste for painting, participated in the Pasolini e Roma exhibition at the Museo di Roma on invitation by Enzo Siciliano and Lorenzo Canova and was invited by Gianluca Marziani to exhibit at EternoPresentePrimordiale at Bologna’s Galleria Art Sinergy. In 2007 he was invited to participate in the travelling exhibition On the Edge of Vision at the Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata and in the New Delhi and Mumbai Museums of Modern Art and in the Ficci Frame Festival held at the Renaissance Hotel in New Delhi, both curated by Lorenzo Canova and Maria Cristina Bastante.
In 2008 he was invited to participate in the Rome Quadriennale at Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni and in Experimenta at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry. In October of the same year he presented the Chist’è o’paese d’o’ sole project at Rome’s Fondazione Volume, curated by Alessandro Facente, and participated in the collective exhibition Young Blood at New York’s OperaGallery. In 2009 he has partecipated with an installation at the event Gustovagando at Rome’s Macro Future and at the exhibition I_D Intersecting identities at the Halles de Saint Gery Museum in Bruxelles. With the Changing Role Gallery in Napoli he has partecipated at Artefiera Art First in Bologna and The road to contemporary art in Rome’s Palazzo Venezia. In june 2009 has his first solo show at the Envoy Gallery in New York titled Lower east life.
For the past two years Angelo Bellobono has divided his time between Rome and New York.
2009 “Low life wellbeing center_bunker house a cura di Alessandro Facente – Changing Role Gallery, Naples
2009 “Lower east life” a cura di Serena Trizzino – Envoy Gallery, New York.
2008 “Chist’ è o’ paese d’o’ sole” a cura di Alessandro Facente – Fondazione Volume L’Union, Roma
2006 “Temporary Civilization” a cura di Francesca Franco - Galleria Il Sole artecontemporanea, Roma
2006 “Consolato italiano a Londra” Opera vincitrice Premio Celeste 2005
2006 “Futuro Presente Primordiale” a cura di Gianluca Marziani - Galleria Artsinergy, Bologna
2005 “Osservatorio Bellobono” a cura di Alessio Verzenassi – Galleria il Sole artecontemporanea, Roma
2004 “Recruitment” a cura di Lorenzo Canova - Galleria Altri lavori in corso, Roma
2003 “Body Life Program” a cura di Lorenzo Canova – Studio d’Arte Fedele, Monopoli
2003 “Extrasistole e Pace Maker” a cura di Raffaele Gavarro – DAG Art Gallery, Livorno
2002 “Aria Compressa” a cura di Ludovico Pratesi e Lorenzo Canova, Casa Pratesi, Roma
2001 “Cardiofrequenze” a cura di Lorenzo Canova - Palestra Linea, Roma
1999 “Chair lift” RAP, San Diego, CA, USA
1996 “Tromperie” Centre Henri Oreillier, Val D'Isère, France
1996 “Fragment and Contamination” Centre de Congrès, Val D'Isère, France
1995 “Meeting in America” Galleria Spagnolo, San Diego, CA, USA
2009 “ Kunstart Bolzano artfair” Galleria ArtMbassy Berlin, Bolzano
2009 “ Scanning” a cura di Stefano Elena – Studio Soligo, Roma
2009 “ The road to contemporary art” Galleria Changing Role, Palazzo Venezia, Roma
2009 “ I_D Intersecting identities” a cura di Dominique Lora - Halles de Saint Gery, Bruxelles
2009 “ Incroci “ a cura di Lorenzo Canova - Open space arte contemporanea, Catanzaro
2009 “Artefiera art first” Galleria Changing role - Bologna
2009 “Gustovagando” a cura di Simona Cresci e Lina Calenne - Macro FUTURE, Roma
2008 “Ambientarti” a cura di Davide Sarchioni e Cristina Antonini - Palazzo dei Priori, Viterbo
2008 “Young blood” Opera Gallery, New York
2008 XV Quadriennale di Roma – Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma
2008 “Viaggio sul nastro di Mobius” a cura di Micol Di Veroli – Galleria Dora Diamanti, Roma
2008 “Experimenta” Collezione Farnesina Ministero degli Esteri, Roma
2007 “Nove” a cura di Lorenzo Canova – Galleria Smac contemporanea, Roma
2007 “La Bellezza del Mondo” a cura di Lorenzo Canova – Giamaartstudio, Vitulano (BN)
2007 “Paesaggi Metropolitani” a cura di Giorgia Calò – Museo laboratorio La Sapienza, Roma
2007 “Ficci Frame festival” Renaissance Hotel, New Delhi, India
2007 “OnThe Edge of Vision” a cura di Lorenzo Canova - Victoria memorial hall Calcutta,
Museum of Modern art Mumbay and New Delhi, India
2006 “Art Territory” a cura di Simona Cresci e Dominique Lora - Centrale Montemartini, Roma
2006 “O mia cara trementina” Romberg arte contemporanea, Latina
2006 “Pittura elettrica” a cura di Lorenzo Canova - Giamaartstudio, Vitulano (BN)
2006 “Feedback” a cura di Massimo Sgroi e Vulcano art gallery, Caserta
2005 “5 Numero da Circo per Circonudo” di Andrea Bezziccheri, testi di Francesca Franco -
Casa del Cinema, Roma
2005 “Pasolini e Roma” a cura di Lorenzo Canova ed Enzo Siciliano - Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Roma
2005 “Vincitore Premio Celeste” mostra finalisti ai Magazzini del sale, Siena