Pietro Roccasalva thinks of himself primarily as a painter, although he often uses other media such as installation, sculpture, performance, film and photography. In his work painting is indeed the constant center of an ever-expanding constellation of different elements. These elements can be seen as stages that are formally autonomous, but are also part of a greater situation or process: in the context of the development of the Western painting tradition, it corresponds to the setting, the first phase of a process that leads to the creation of a painting. An internal logic in his oeuvre makes the switching of different media inevitable, and makes it also possible for certain themes and images to be recycled: a work bears often traces of something that has preceded it, in a constant referring to iconographies which repeat themselves in various ways and generate new situations. Roccasalva’s work embodies multiple references – ranging from art history to philosophy, from literature to cinema – in relation to the circumstances and contingencies that he encounters in each new context.
Pietro Roccasalva had already solo shows at Kölnischer Kunstverein (DE), Le Magasin in Grenoble (FR), GaMeC in Bergamo (IT) and Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice (IT). His work was part of group exhibitions at David Roberts Art Foundation in London (GB), Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm (SE), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (USA), MoMA PS1 in New York (USA), MAXXI in Rome (IT), Kadist Art Foundation in Paris (FR), S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent (BE), amongst many others. He was invited for the Venice Biennial in 2009, the second Torino Triënnial in 2008, Manifesta 7 in 2008 and the Prague Biennial in 2007

Pietro Roccasalva, Il traviatore, 2014; Courtesy of the artist and galleria Zero
Pietro Roccasalva
Modica, 1970

Past Exhibitions


Massimo De Carlo, Casa Corbellini-Wassermann
09/03/2019 — 18/05/2019

The act of drinking a Coke by yourself is the lowest form of art

Fonderia Artistica Battaglia
31/03/2017 — 20/05/2017

Quand fondra la neige ou ira le blanc?

Palazzo Fortuny
05/06/2016 — 25/09/2016

The Awakening

Mottahedan Projects
02/03/2016 — 02/04/2016

Omnia Signa, black on white

Private: Studio d’Arte Cannaviello
24/09/2015 — 17/11/2015

Solo Shows


The Power Station, Dallas, TX David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.


The Wooden O, Galleria Zero, Milan, Italy.


The Queen of Gaps, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
F.E.S.T.A., Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany.


*The Unborn Museum, Le Magasin, Grenoble, France.

Group Shows


The Violet Crab, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, England.


Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in Cave and Grooving with a Pict, VW (VeneKlasen/Werner), Berlin.
A House of Leaves. Second Movement, curated by Vincent Honoré, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, England.
new works #1, SPROVIERI, London.

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Modica Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: Milan