b. 1982, Rome
Lives and works in London
Based in London, Italian artist Quayola constructs hybrid spaces of animated painting and sculpture with digital media. Through immersive video installations, his work investigates the unpredictable collisions, tensions, and equilibriums between the real and artificial, figurative and abstract, old and new. Often interrogating how canonical paintings and sculptures are perceived or remembered, Quayola's time-based digital sculptures, immersive audio-visual installations, and performances contemplate primary and mediated experience. Institutional commissions have enabled Quayola access to in situ works of art, as well as classic architectural works, including Notre Dame and Vatican City. Cultural icons become raw, source material, seen through a contemporary lens.
Quayola has exhibited and performed his work internationally, and in 2013 he was awarded the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica. Past displays of work include a project for the 54th Venice Biennale at the Italian Cultural Institute in London; and exhibitions at Paco Das Artes, São Paulo; National Art Center, Tokyo; Pushkin Museum, Moscow; Park Avenue Armory, New York; Center for Fine Arts, Brussels; Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; MU Artspace, Eindoven; the British Film Institute, London; Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille; Grand Theatre, Bordeaux; Church of Saint Eustache, Paris; Forum des Image, Paris; Phillips, London; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires; EMPAC Centre, New York; Yota Space, Saint Petersburg; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; MIS, São Paulo; Casa Franca, Rio de Janeiro; and BAC Center d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; as well as festivals such as Sonar, Barcelona; STRP, Eindoven; Cimatics, Brussels; onedotzero, London; Elektra, Montreal; and the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, among others.
A frequent collaborator on musical projects, Quayola has worked with composers, orchestras, and musicians including Mira Calix, Plaid, Vanessa Wagner, the London Contemporary Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Bordeaux. In 2005, he earned a BA from University of the Arts, London.