Born in 1955 in Rome, Bianchi became one of the emerging artists of La Nuova Scuola Romana, where he exhibited his work alongside fellow Arte Povera artists such as: Jannis Kounellis, Mario and Marisa Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, amongst others. Bianchi was specifically influenced by these artists’ artistic approach to spatiality, which still influences his current practice.
Bianchi is also influenced by light, and the lines and patterns it can form in both shadows and illuminations. He creates his works organically, without a pre-determined pattern or shape in mind. He states: “the shape of the artwork does not rely on ideal geometry, but an abstract project which allows itself to be determined by the technique.”
Bianchi’s works often feature circles and spheres representing infinity and perfection, while allowing for gestural strokes and slight variations of the hand. Working on large surfaces, the compositions of Bianchi’s works envelope the viewer and become reverential entities. The use of wax in paintings itself, is a nod to the artist’s heritage, as it can be traced to the encaustic painting of the Roman period.
This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.K. but he has had several important museum solo exhibitions including: Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1994, and MACRO in Rome in 2003. Additionally, he has participated in several Venice Biennale’s, including in 1993 as a solo artist. He is in the permanent collection of renowned institutions worldwide including: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOCA and the Paul Getty Museum, both Los Angeles; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Domenico Bianchi (b. 1955, Rome, Italy) studied at the Fine Art Academy in Rome, and had his first solo exhibition at the Fine Art Building in New York in 1977 with Galleria Ugo Ferranti. Selected museum solo exhibitions include: Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Italy (1989); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1994); MACRO - Museo d Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, Italy (2003); and Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporanei, Palma, Spain (2006). Selected museum group exhibitions include: Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands (1981 and 1982); Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, USA (1988); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1994, 1996, 1999, and 2016); Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain (1996); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (1997); ARS. AEVI Museum of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia (1999); Centre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires, Mallorca, Spain (2005); and MACRO - Museo d Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, Italy (2016). He currently lives and works in Rome.