Carlo d’Orta

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“The journey of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in having new eyes” (Marcel Proust)

Photographer for over 40 years, Carlo d’Orta evolved from an initial documentary approach to shots of abstract or metaphysical/surrealist inspiration. He focuses on the essential forms and geometric combinations produced by the interwoven architectural structures in our cities (“Biocities” series) or by the reflections on the windows of skyscrapers (“Vibrations” series).

Biocities Valencia # 23, 2015, limited edition of 3, copy 1 of 3, UVprint on plexiglass with dibond bottom, cm 110x150, price euro 3.400

Lines, intersections, combinations are unmodified in post-production or with a computer. These forms are taken for what they are, as a new urban meta-reality that takes on an almost biological meaning. The architectures are investigated not in a descriptive, but in a “biological” way, exposing the vibratory epidermal structure that constitutes the “skin” of our metropolises.
“Biocities” is part of a wider movement that aims to reconnect the urban ecosystem with the natural one, through direct actions aimed at recreating an environment that is both biologically rich and technologically advanced.

Awards
2019

  • Biennal Art Genova PrizeWinner of 2° prize in Photography section – 3° Genova Biennal of Art – organized by Associazione Culturale Satura With Regione Liguria and City of Genova
  • Malamegi Lab 11 PrizeMalamegi Art LaboratoryFinalist with the artwork “(Biocities) Roma Eur # 28”

 2018

  • Satura International ContestSatura Gallery Association3° prize in the Photography section with the artwork “(Biocities) Roma Eur 60”
  • Arteam Cup Prize – ArtTeam Cultural Association – Finalist in the Photography section with the artwork “(Biocities) La Terza Roma/Roma Eur 82B”
  • Combat Prize – Cultural Association Blob ArtSelected with the artwork “(Rinascimento) Roma Eur # 146
  • Rospigliosi Prize – AVUGI Cultural Association and Vittoria Gallery of Rome – 1° prize in the Photography section with the artwork “Vibrazione Baires # 5”

2017

  • Fondo Malerba Fotografia – Selected in FMF Archive with the project “EUR 42/Today: Different Visions”
  • Premio LynxCultural Association Il Sestante – Finalist with the artworks “Roma Eur Nuvola # 4
  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris – Honorable Mention awarded to the series Biocities Two and Vibrations
  • Combat Prize – Associazione Culturale Blob ArtShortlisted with artwork “Vibration Roma Eur # 70 

2016

  • Premio LynxCultural Association Il Sestante – Shortlisted with the artworks “Liquidance 78
  • Fondo Malerba Fotografia – Selected in FMF Archive with projects “Vibrations” and “Liquidance”
  • Premio Ora Espaňa – Radar Cultural Association – Finalist

2015

  • Premio Enegan Art – Enegan spa – Finalist
  • Fondo Malerba Fotografia – Selected in FMF Archive with project “(De)Compositions”
  • Malamegi Lab Art Foundation – Selected in the “Vision Art Contest II Edition

2014

  • SaatchiArt.comShortlisted in “Celebrate Paris Photo” collection – (Nov)
  • SaatchiArt.comShortlisted in “Inspired by Mondrian” collection – (Mar)

 2013

  • Le Journal de la Photographie – Weekend Portfolio (June, 8) – Shortlisted by the New York gallerist and art dealer Howard Greenberg

2012

  • Sony World Photo Award 2012 – Sony World Photo Organisation – Shortlisted  in “Professional-Conceptual” category
  • Murano Glass Prize 2012 – Abate Zanetti High School (Murano-Venezia) Winner as photo-designer in “Vetrofusione” category
  • Combat Prize – Blob Art Cultural AssociationFinalist

2010

  • Celeste Prize 2010 – Celeste Cultural Association – Online vote Winner

2009

  • Mondatori Art Prize – Finalist

Public and Institutional Collection
Museo Archivio Centrale dello Stato, Roma, 2018 // Palazzo di Giustizia-Ordine degli Avvocati, Milano, 2018 // EUR spa, Roma, 2018 // Confindustria Sede Centrale, Roma, 2018 // Dea Capital Real Estate, Roma, 2018 // Collezione Villoresi, Milano, 2018 // LUISS Guido Carli, Roma, 2018 // Collezione Venerucci, Roma, 2018 // Collezione Negri-Clementi, Milano, 2017 // Autorità Garante delle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Roma, 2016 // Scuola Ufficiali Carabinieri, Roma, 2016 // Consolato Generale d’Italia a New York, 2016 // Archivio Fondo Malerba Fotografia (Milano), 2017, 2016 e 2015 // Banca d’Italia, Centro Congressi di via Nazionale (Roma), 2014 // Museo di Arte Contemporanea Palazzo Collicola, Collezione 2.0 (Spoleto), 2013 // Camera dei Deputati, Palazzo Montecitorio (Roma), 2013 // Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg, Stoccarda (Germania), 2011 // Istituto Italiano di Cultura a New York (USA), 2011 // Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti, Murano (Venezia), 2012 // Ospedale Policlinico Umberto I, Reparto di Radiologia Oncologica (Roma), 2014 // Comune di Selva di Val Gardena (BZ), 2013 // Istituto Italiano di Cultura a Monaco di Baviera (Germania), 2011 // Provincia di Milano (Milano), 2011 // Provincia di Ancona, 2010 // Comune di Pescara, 2010 // Consiglio Regionale della Campania (Napoli), 2010 // Istituto Portoghese di Sant’Antonio-IPSAR (Roma), 2018 e 2009

Press
Il Corriere della Sera (2018), La Repubblica (2018), Espoarte (2019), Artribune (2018), InsideArt (2017), Art&Law Legal journal on Art, AdToday (2014), Domus (2013), Artitude (2011).

Catalogs
2018 –
Eur 42/Oggi: visioni differenti di Carlo D’Orta Edizioni Inail, Roma – pp. 280
2017 – Eur 42/Oggi: visioni differenti – Edizioni Galleria Honos Art, Roma – pp. 46
2015Arte in Circolo – Edizioni Galleria Mucciaccia, Roma – pp. 47
2013La Biologia dell’Inorganico/Biology of the Inorganic – Romberg Ed. – pp 114
2010Ritmi Architettonici/Architektonische Rhythmen – pp. 141
2010Astrattismi Paralleli/Parallel Abstractionism – pp. 80

Exhibitions (only Solo Shows)

2020

  • Roma – (February/March) – CarloD’OrtaArtStudio/Gallery – Beyond Balance –  with Francesco Zero – curated by Pino Purificato

2019

  • Gualdo Tadino (Italy, PG) – (April) – Adelinda Allegretti Studio&Gallery – Biocities and Vibrations – curated by Adelinda Allegretti
  • Roma – (march) – Carlo D’Orta Art Studio – Biocities and Vibrations – I° edition MFR-Photograpy Month of Rome

 2018

  • Singapore – (December) – Fullerton Hotel – Exclusive Italian World – with Gianluca Castaldi and Riccardo Zannetti
  • Roma – (November) – Gallery of Portuguese Institut of Sant’Antonio (IPSAR) – 80 years of EUR district. Different Visions – curated by Juan Carlos Garcia Alia
  • Orbetello (Italy, GR) – (July) – Festival of Photography – EUR42: Different Visions –  curated by Marco Arienti
  • Roma – (July) – Che Banca, place delle Belle Arti – Biocities and Vibrazioni
  • Lucca – Lucca Art Fair (18-20 maj) – Stand Carlo D’Orta Art Studio
  • Roma – (May-June) – Museum of Central State Archive – 80 years of EUR district. Different Visions – promoted by EUR S.p.A. and Inail

 2017

  • Roma – Rome Art Week (9-14/10)Open Studio and exhibition Over and Under Berlin (together with Fabrizio Borelli) – curated by Maria Italia Zacheo
  • Singapore – (June/July) – Bruno Art Group Gallery – Vibrations – curated by Motti Abramovitz and Sandra Bauser
  • Roma  –  (June/July) – Carlo D’Orta Art Studio – Parallel Abstractions 2.0 (with D. Susi, G. Castaldi, R. Zannetti art jewelry and watches) – curated by M. I. Zacheo
  • Livorno – (May/June) – Sala degli Archi della Fortezza Nuova – Parallel Dimensions: cities, visions, paths (with A. Ciresola, D. Cicionesi)
  • Roma – (April/May) – Honos Art Contemporary – Eur 1942 / Today – curated by Juan Carlos Garcia and Giuseppe Prode
  • Milano – (march) – Milan Image Art/MIA Fair – Stand Honos Art Contemporary Vibrations
  • Milano – (march) – Milan Image Art/MIA Fair – Stand Alidem/Arte della Fotografia Geometries Still Life
  • Singapore – (January) National Museum – Italian Vibrations (with G.Castaldi and V. Zannetti) –  with the patronage of Italian Institut of Culture in Singapore

2016

  • Roma –   FinecoBank, via Gallia – Biocities and Vibrations
  • Rovereto (Trento) – PoliArt Contemporary Gallery – Biocities – curated by Leonardo Conti
  • Roma – Rome Art Week (24-29/10) – “Eur 1942/Today” (curated by G. Prode and J. C. Garcia) and Messages/Tastings (curated by M. I.talia Zacheo, C. Velocci)
  • Milano – Milan Image Art (MIA) Fair 2016, Stand Romberg Contemporary Art – Biocities II, Translations and Vibrations  solo show – curated by Italo Bergantini
  • Bologna – Art Fair 2016, Stand Romberg Contemporary Art – Biocities Two and (De)Compositions solo show – curated by Italo Bergantini

2015

  • Roma –   Studio Lattanzio Group – Liquidance – sponsored by Italian National Academy of Dance
  • Salerno (Italy) – Temple of  Pomona – Beyond the Lens – curated by Italo Bergantini and Gaia Conti
  • Venezia – Officina delle Zattere (Dorsoduro) – Beyond the Lens – curated by Italo Bergantini and Gaia Conti
  • Roma –   Spazio Nuovo Gallery – New Abstract – curated by Guillaume Maitre and Paulo Perez
  • Milano – Milan Image Art (MIA) Fair 2015, Stand Romberg Contemporary Art – Biocities II Solo Show – curated by Italo Bergantini
  • Bologna – Art Fair 2015, Pad 25/Stand B88, Romberg Contemporary Art – Biocities  II Solo Show – curated by Italo Bergantini
  • Roma –  Mucciaccia Gallery – Arte in circolo – curated by Gianluca Marziani and Giulia Abate

2014

  • Milano – Milan Image Art (MIA) Fair 2014, Stand 96/Romberg Contemporary Art – Biocities Solo Show – curated by Italo Bergantini

 2013

  • Selva Gardena (Italy, BZ) – City Hall Exhibition Centre Tublà da Nives – Visual Absolute – curated by Valerio Dehò and Italo Bergantini
  • Roma –   Studio Lattanzio Group, in cooperation with Romberg Contemporary Art – Biology of the Inorganic – curated by Italo Bergantini
  • Milano –  Milan Image Art (MIA) Fair 2013, Stand 39/Romberg Contemporary Art  – “Biocities Solo Show” – curated by Italo Bergantini and Alessandro Trabucco
  • Spoleto (Italy, PG) – Palazzo Collicola Contemporary Art Museum – Biology of the  Inorganic – Curated by Gianluca Marziani

2012

  • Roma –   Studio Transit Architettura with RombergContemporary  Art – (Un)real city (together with C. De Micheli) – curated by I. Bergantini, A. Trabucco
  • Milano –  Milan Image Art (MIA) Fair 2012, Stand 9/Romberg Contemporary Art curated by Italo Bergantini and Valerio Dehò
  • Stuttgart (Germany) – F75 Gallery – Spiegelungen – curated by Wilfried Dechau

2011

  • Berlin – Italian Institut of Culture – Architektonische Rhythmen curated by Katharina Hausel
  • Colonia (Germany) – Italian Institu of Culture – Architektonische Rhythmen curated by Ann-Katrin Gunzel
  • Milano – Spazio Oberdan (Milan Province Exhibition Centre) – Parallel Abstractionisms  (toghether with Danilo Susi) – curated by Valerio Dehò
  • Roma –   Tondinelli Gallery – Architectural Rhythms
  • Frankfurt (Germany) – Goethe Institut – Architektonische Rhythmen curated by Carola Peter
  • Roma –   Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA) – Parallel Abstractionisms (with Danilo Susi) – curated by Loris Schermi and Genny Di Bert
  • Pescara – Aurum (City Hall Exhibition Centre) – Parallel Abstractionisms (toghether with Danilo Susi) – curated by Giovanni Benedicenti

2010

  • Stuttgart (Germany) – Architektenkammer Baden  Württemberg – Architektonische  Rhythmen curated by Wilfried Dechau
  • Munich (Germany) – Italian Institut of Culture – Architektonische Rhythmen
  • Ancona –   Atelier dell’Arco amoroso (Ancona Province Exhibition Centre) – Parallel Abstractionisms (together with Danilo Susi)