Biography

Marialuisa Tadei was born in Rimini, Italy. She studied art history at the University of Bologna, and art at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, in Dusseldorf and at Goldsmiths’ College, London. She began to make sculpture in the early 1990s and has shown widely at galleries and museums in Europe and America. As well as this year, she has exhibited previously during the Venice Art Biennale in 2009 and 2013 and at its Architecture Biennale in 2010, and showed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums in Italy, Holland, Germany and Slovenia, while her public commissions include sculptures for a station in Italy, for the city of Coral Springs, Florida, for a newspaper in India, for the world’s largest cruise ship and for Florida International University, Miami. One of her pieces was recently on display outside the offices of The Times in London and two of her works are currently at the prestigious Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in northern England. She also makes photographs and paintings. Her art is characterised by her bold use of colour and materials, including mosaic, glass, bronze and feathers, and by the lyrical and spiritual qualities of her artistic language, which seeks to make light what is dense and give weight to what is insubstantial.

″Marialuisa Tadei succeeds in giving the mystery of life abstract form, implying that it transcends the nature in which it ordinarily manifests itself, suggesting that it is unworldly - beyond space and time - like God’s creative wisdom.″
Donald Kuspit
critic and professor of art history, University of New York at Stony Brook

Master’s Degree in Sacred Art, Architecture and Liturgy
European University of Rome, Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy

Master’s Degree in Art
Domus Academy, Milan, Italy

Postgraduate Diploma
Goldsmiths’ College, London, UK

Arts Degree (Painting department)
Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy

Art History Degree
D.A.M.S.,University of Bologna, Italy

Course with Prof. Jannis Kounellis
Kunst Academy, Düsseldorf, Germany

Marialuisa Tadei works with the Cass Sculpture Foundation, England

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Marialuisa Tadei. Endlessly, Il Giardino Bianco - Art Space, Venice, Italy

2016
I Luoghi dell’Infinito, Garibaldi Art Space, Venice, Italy

2014
A Sense of Wonder, Da Mihi Gallery, Bern, Switzerland

2012
Traiettorie Stellari, Galleria “Il ritrovo di Rob Shazar”, Sant’Agata De’ Goti, Italy

2011
Marialuisa Tadei, Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
Octopus, public art at Thomas More Square, London, UK, in collaboration with Hay Hill Gallery and Land Securities

2009
Into the Light, curated by Giorgio Cortenova, Church of San Samuele, Venice, Italy
Inside the Eyes, curated by Valerio Dehò, Contemporary Concept Gallery, Bologna, Italy

2007
Eternity, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, USA

2006
Marialuisa Tadei – Viaggio nella Visione, macrocosmi – microcosmi, Gagliardi Art System Gallery, Torino, Italy
Interior Nature, ArtCentre South Florida, organized by Mariangela Capuzzo/Locomotives and Setart, Miami, Florida, USA

2005
Levitatis Laudatio (Elegy to Weightlessness), ArtCentre South Florida, organized by Mariangela Capuzzo/Locomotives and Setart, Miami, Florida, USA

2004
Cosmic X, curated by Brane Kovic, text by Brane Kovic (cat.), City Art Museum Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cosmic X1, curated by Brane Kovic, text by Brane Kovic (cat.), Italian Cultural Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cosmic Y, curated by Brane Kovic, text by Brane Kovic (cat.), City Art Museum Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Cosmic Z, curated by Brane Kovic, text by Brane Kovic (cat.), Patrizia Poggi Gallery, Ravenna, Italy

2003
Innerspace, curated by Massimo Sgroi, Vito Caiati, Geo Arte Contemporanea, Bari, Italy
Walking Between Galaxies, organized by Luminarte/Galleria Patrizia Poggi/Ravenna City Council, curated by Fabiola Naldi, text by Fabiola Naldi (cat.), Ravenna, Italy

2002
Soglia/Übergang/Threshold, curated by Dr Gabriele Holthuis, Director of the Museum im Prediger, texts by Dr Gabriele Holthuis, Dr Gottlieb Leinz, Director of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany, and by Prof Achille Bonito Oliva and Victor De Circasia (cat.), Museum und Galerie im Prediger, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany/Kulturzentrum, Englishe Kirche and Gallery Scheffel, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany

2001
Coming in, Gallery Scheffel, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Frankfurt, Germany
No Border, curated by Prof Claudio Spadoni, text by Claudio Spadoni (cat.), Santa Maria delle Croci, Ravenna, Italy

2000
Il giardino di Marialuisa, Studio Ercolani, Bologna, Italy

1997
Incisioni, directed by Tommaso Binga, curated by Prof Claudio Cerritelli, text by Prof Claudio Cerritelli (cat.), Lavatoio contumaciale Cultural Centre, Rome
Installazioni, curated by Prof Omar Calabrese, text by Prof Omar Calabrese (cat.), Galleria Atelier, Siena, Italy

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Transit-Reality, Da Mihi Gallery, Bern, Switzerland
Our place in space, curated by Antonella Nota e Anna Caterina Bellati, coordinated by ESA/Hubble, in partnership with the Space Telescope Science Institute, Campo Santo Stefano, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy

2016
Il vuoto e le forme 5., curated by Anna Caterina and Daniela Bellati, 5th Chiavenna Biennale, Chiavenna, Italy

2015
Materia Celeste, curated by Anna Caterina Bellati and Antonella Nota, Venice, Italy

2013
55th Art Biennale, Venice, Italy
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, “Silk Map”, Padiglione Venezia at Giardini
Yourope in progress, curated by Ewald Stastny, Palazzo Bonvincini, Venice, Italy
Open Air, Octopus, and Night and Day, on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
Luce sul Mare, curated by Anna Caterina Bellati, Porto Mirabello, La Spezia, Italy
Cuore e anima, Art Hotel Gran Paradiso, curated by Ignazio Maria Colonna, Sorrento, Italy

2011
Un'idea di Mare, curated by Anna Caterina Bellati, in collaboration with Ismar, Caserma Cornoldi, Venice, show in parallel with the 54th Art Biennale of Venice, Italy
Art London (Hay Hill Gallery), Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, UK
Progetto scultura, curated by Prof Beatrice Buscaroli, Castel Sismondo, Rimini, Italy
Italian logos: stories in the art of excelling, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2010
Il vuoto e le forme, curated by Anna Caterina Bellati, 12th Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
14th Biennale of Sacred Art, Stauros Foundation, curated by Giorgio Cortenova inter alia, San Gabriele, Teramo, Italy
International Sculpture Biennale 2010, curated by Luciano Caramel, at Racconigi, Piedmont, Italy

2009
Fare mondi, curated by Daniel Birenbaum, 53rd Art Biennale, Venice, Italy

2008
10° Edizione Artisti della Carpegna, curated by Giovanni di Carpegna Falconieri, Palazzo dei Principi di Carpegna, Carpegna, Italy
Dall’Accademia alla Fornace, arte per lo sviluppo del territorio, curated by Silvia Rossetti, text by Fabio Girardello, Fornace di Asolo, Asolo, Italy
Settima Biennale dell’arte sperimentale, Museo de Manege, curated by Enzo Fornaro and O. Dotti, St Petersburg, Russia
Olympic Fine Arts 2008 (Official exhibition of the Olympic Games), curated by Katy Feng, Hu Xiaowei, Beijing, China
Donna Materia Creatività, Galleria Palazzo Coveri, Firenze, Italy
10 + 10 = 20 anni. Poeti e artisti per clanDestino. 29° Meeting per l’amicizia fra i popoli. O protagonisti o nessuno, curated by Beatrice Buscaroli, Davide Rondoni, Padiglione clanDestino, Rimini, Italy
CMYK – I linguaggi del Mediterraneo, Pinerolo, Italy
Galleria ventitreesima, Cattolica, Italy
Astralia Mirano, curated by Maria Luisa Trevisan, Venezia, Italy
Creek Art Fair Bastakia, Dubai, UAE

2007
Shanghai Mart Art Fair, Gallery Present Temporary Art, Shanghai, China
Non calpestare le margherite, Palazzo dei Principi di Carpegna, Pesaro, Italy

2006
Quaranta per Quaranta. Circa, PAD – Pay and Display, Verona, Italy Nuove presenze, Museo della Scultura temporanea, Parco Ranghiasci, curated by Giorgio Bonomi, Gubbio (PG), Italy
XXIV Biennale di Scultura, Palazzo Ducale/Ari del Palazzo dei soli/Palazzo Pretorio/Palazzo del Turismo/Parco Ranghiasci, curated by Giorgio Bonomi, Gubbio, Italy
Unnaturally Occurring: Salt, Sand, Bronze, Gold. A group show of painting and sculpture with an alchemical twist (with Makoto Fujimura, Clement Price-Thomas, Marialuisa Tadei, Karina Wisniewska), Sara Tecchia Roma New York Gallery, United States
Ephemeral/Trends, IV Arteamericas Fair – Cout Grove vention Centre Miami, progetto project curated by Milagros Bello Ph. D, Miami, United States
Exhibition of work acquired by and gifted to MAR - Museo Arte Ravenna, Italy Curatela e catalogo di curated and catalogue by Claudio Spadoni
L’immaginario femminile, Basutti & Basutti Gallery, curated by Piero Gilardi, Giuseppe Biasutti, Torino, Italy

2005
Omni art, Art Basel Miami, curated by Tina Spiro, Carol Damian, Julia Herzberg, Miami, United States
Erect ArtCenter/South Florida & Majestic Properties, Miami Design District, curated by Claire Bruekel Miami, United States
Galleria Altri Lavori in Corso, Roma, Italy
56ma edizone Premio Michetti
IN & OUT opera e ambiente nella dimensione Glocal, curated by Prof. Luciano Caramel, text by Prof. Luciano Caramel (cat.), Palazzo S. Domenico, Museo e Fondazione Michetti, Francavilla a Mare (CH), Italy
ClanDestino, Meeting dell’Amicizia fra i popoli, curated by Gianfranco Lauretano, Rimini, Italy
Altre Lilith. Le Vestali dell’Arte-Terzo Millennio, Museo Tuscolano – Scuderie Aldobrandini, curated by Rosetta Zozzini, Gabriella Serusi, testo in catalogo di text in catalogue by Gabriella Serusi, Frascati (Roma), Italy
Dreamscapes, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, curated by Carmen Devine, Sheboygan, United States

2004
New Underground Railway Station, Acerra (NA), Italy
Cass Sculpture Foundation, London, Great Britain
Galleria il Torchio Costantini, Milano, Italy
Lang Gallery, London, Great Britain
ClanDestino arteat, Meeting dell’a-micizia tra i popoli, Rimini Fair, curated by Marina Mojana, Rimini, Italy
Maravee Clorofilla, Villa Ottelio-Savorgnan, curated by Sabrina Zannier (cat. Comunicarte Edizioni), Ariis di Rivignano (UD), Italy
Arte Fiera Bologna, Patrizia Poggi Gallery, Ravenna, Italy

2003
Vergine d’oliva, Pinacoteca, Bari, Italy
Chamber of the European Parliament Strasbourg, curated by Vito Caiati, text by Vito Caiati, Lorella Scacco, Giusi Petruzelli, Antonella Marino (cat.), France
Io non ho paura del colore, curated by Lorella Scacco, text by Lorella Scacco (cat.), Villa Piccolomini, Roma
Wulbari Galleria en plein air, curated by Wences Rambla (cat.), Pinerolo (TO), Italy
Art2003 London Art Fair, Robert Sandelson Gallery, London

2002
Arcadia in the City, Marble Hill Richmond, London, Great Britain
Art Cologne Fair, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
Art Frankfurt Fair, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
L’ultima cena (with Bill Viola, Andres Serrano, Mimmo Paladino, Nino Longobardi, Marco Neri, Michele Chiossi, Gabriel Orozco, Miltos Manetas, Bianco-Valente, Gulia Lusikova, Giovanni Rizzoli, Jason Martin, Perino & Vele, Arturo Casanova, David Bade, Loris Cecchini, Martino Coppers, Chiara Dynys, Peter Friedl, Giuseppe Mingione, Simon Morley, Ryuji Miyamoto, Marina Nunez, Simon Reilly, Markus Schaller, Pieter Schoolwerth, Adrian Tranquilli, Vedovamazzei, Sislej Xhafa, Peter Zimmerman (cat.), curated by Massimo Sgroi, Castello dell’Ovo, Napoli
La beauté du geste, Salon de l’Art, curated by Marie Aimée Tirole, Italian section curated by Boris Brollo (cat.), Principality of Monaco
Glass Way (with Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Jaume Plensa, etc), temporary section curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga (cat.), Museo Archeologico Regionale, Aosta, Italy
Scultura Internazionale al Parco La Mandria (with William Pye, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Rui Chafef, Edward Chillidia, Esther Ferrer, John Aiken, Anselmo, Jean Pierre Rainaud, Ruick Reim, cat.), introduced by Sir Nicholas Serota, written and curated by Victor De Circasia, organised by the Association of Piedmontese Art, Parco La Mandria, Torino
Blu-Place Arte, curated by Victor De Circasia, text by Victor De Circasia (cat.), Cavagnolo Po (TO), Italy
Sculturama, Galleria Annovi, curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga, text by Maurizio Sciaccaluga (cat.), Sassuolo (MO), Italy
Lune parlanti, an idea by Walter Gasperoni, curated by Walter Gasperoni, text by Alberto Fiz, Vittoria Cohen, Flaminio Gualdoni, Emilio Tadino, Cesare Padovani (cat.), Rocca Malatestiana di Montefiore, Rimini, Italy
No-Style Show (Metal Room), curated by Boris Brollo, text by Boris Brollo (cat.), San Donà di Piave (VE), Italy

2001
Art Cologne Fair, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
Art Frankfurt Fair, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
Blickachsen 3 Skulpturen im Kurpark (with Louise Bourgeois, David Nash, Jaume Plensa, Wolf Vostell, etc, cat.), curated by Cristian Scheffel, text by Dr Gottlieb Leinz, Direttore Director of the Museum Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Duisburg, Germany, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
Tatto tagi, Pescheria d’Este, curated by Maria Luisa Trevisan, text by Maria Luisa Trevisan (cat.), Padova, Italy
Arte oggetto ’01 xyz cmyk, Biblioteca comunale, curated by Maria Luisa Trevisan and Boris Brollo, texts by Maria Luisa Trevisan and Boris Brollo (cat.), Buia (UD)
In-pressione, AEM Stabilimenti Gas-Bovisa, curated by Mimmo di Marzio, Chiara Guidi, texts by Mimmo di Marzio, Chiara Guidi (cat.), Milan
Mo.vi.e Modena video exhibition (with Franco Vaccari, Willy Darko, Jorge Peris, Laura Ambrosi, Giuliana Cuneaz, Maurizio Camerani), curated by Willy Darko and Mario Bertoni, sponsorship Provincia di Modena, Chiesa S. Paolo, Modena, Italy / curated by Willy Darko, sponsorship Comune e Provincia di Novara (cat.), Italy
Videotape, Palazzo Arengo del Broletto, Novara, Italy
Art Tv On Match Music Tv station, curated by Fabiola Naldi
Kunst in der Kammer 5, Frankfurt Stock Exchange / curated by Cristian Scheffel, texts by Dr Ursula Grzecha-Mohr, Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Museum, Frankfurt
International Airport (2001-2002) curated by Cristian Scheffel, texts by Dr Ursula Grzecha-Mohr, Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Museum, Germany

2000
Maionese, Galleria en plein air, curated by Luca Beatrice, Alessandra Galletta, texts by Luca Beatrice, Alessandra Galletta (cat.), Pinerolo (TO), Italy
Onda Big, Galleria en plein air, curated by Olga Gambari, texts by Olga Gambari, Pinerolo (TO), Italy
One Day at a Time, Galleria en plein air, curated by Alberto Barbero, Olga Gambari, Marco Aime, Pino Guglielmo, Margherita Hack, Paolo Molino, Marco Robino, Andrej Termikov, texts by Alberto Barbero, Olga Gambari, Marco Aime, Pino Guglielmo, Margherita Hack, Paolo Molino, Marco Robino, Andrej Termikov (cat.), Pinerolo (TO), Italy
Periplo della scultura italiana temporanea 2, Sassi, curated by Giuseppe Appella, Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, Fabrizio D’Amico, texts by Giuseppe Appella, Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, Fabrizio D’Amico (cat.), Matera, Italy
Anatomie del paesaggio, curated by Maria Luisa Trevisan, text by Maria Luisa Trevisan (cat.), Sant’Elena D’Este (PD), Italy

1999
Museo all’aperto, curated by Miriam Campagnini, text by Miriam Campagnini, sponsorship Comune di Vicchio (cat.), Vicchio (FI), Italy
Morbì, Mole Vanvitelliana, curated by Antonio Luccarini, text by Antonio Luccarini, sponsorship Comune di Ana (cat.), Ana, Italy
Pubblicità: una vista dall’arte, curated by Pierre Restany, text by Pierre Restany (cat.), Spazio soloMilan, Milano

1998
Gli elementi – Water Air Earth Fire.Tra arte e ambiente, curated by Maria Luisa Trevisan, Lucia Majer, Umberto Daniele, texts by Maria Luisa Trevisan, Lucia Majer, Umberto Daniele (cat.), Sant’Elena D’Este (PD), Italy