Born in 1983, Turin, Italy
Lives and works in New York, NY

Davide Balliano (Turin, IT 1983) is an artist whose research operates on the thin line of demarcation between painting and sculpture. Utilizing an austere, minimal language of abstract geometries in strong dialogue with architecture, his work investigates existential themes such as the identity of man in the age of technology and his relationship with the sublime.

Through a practice that is self-described as monastic, austere and concrete, Balliano’s meticulous paintings appear, upon first glance, clean and precise. However, closer inspection reveals scrapes and scratches that uncover the organic wooden surface underneath the layers of paint, as a decaying façade of abandoned modernistic intentions.

In addition to painting, Davide Balliano is also known for his sculptural work, which translates the visual vocabulary found in his paintings into solid objects, often in ceramic, wood or stone.

Originally trained in photography, Balliano shifted to painting and sculpture in 2006 while relocating to New York City, where he currently resides and works.

Recent solo exhibitions include a presentation at 39 Great Jones, New York (2018), Tina Kim Gallery, New York (2017), Luce Gallery, Turin (2017 & 2015), Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2015), Room East, New York (2014), Rolando Anselmi Galerie, Berlin (2014 and 2012), Galerie Michael Rein, Paris (2013), Location One, New York (2011), The Artists Space, New York (2009).

His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including David Zwirner Gallery, New York (2015), Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (2014 and 2010), Madre Museum, Naples (2012), The Watermill Center, New York (2011 and 2009), MoMA PS1, New York (2010), Espace d'Art Contemporain de Castello, Castellon, Spain (2010).

Education

2003
Bachelor in Photography at the C.F.P Riccardo Bauer, Milan, IT,
Bachelor in Graphic Arts, Turin, IT

Solo Exhibitions

2018 (upcoming)
MARCA - Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro, Italy

2017
Tina Kim Gallery, New York, NY
Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy

2016
The Armory Show, solo booth
Zona Maco, Mexico Art Contemporaneo, solo booth

2015
Luce Gallery, Turin, IT
- Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK

2014
Four o Four, Room Est, New York, NY

2013
No Flock for Blind Shepherds, curated by T.Chaillou, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, Germany
Picatrix, Michel Rein Gallery, curated by Eugenio Viola, Paris, France

2012
Dogbite, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, Germany
I am legion (live performance), Madre Museum, Naples, Italy

2011
Se solo avessi mani da mordere, Codalunga, Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Giving back to the night I heard you lying to a giant, Location one, New York, NY

2010
But I wasn't young anymore, Live performance at MoMa PS1, New York, NY

2009
My tears will be light in the night of your eyes, Jarach Gallery, Venice, IT
- The heart of your mother for my dogs, The Artsists Space, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2016
Face to Face, curated by Eugenio Viola, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, Italy

2015
826NYC, David Zwirner, New York, NY
Just Another, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy

2014
About Sculpture #3, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, DE

2013
Extravagant Features, curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, C24 Gallery, New York
Premio Moroso, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, IT

2011
Out of left field /Quadrilateral Biennial, Rijeka, CR
Third Giant, CPR, Center for Performance Research, New York, NY
Second Giant, Watermill Center, New York, NY

2010
5x5 Castellò, EACC, Castellon, ES
Memories of the Future, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
No soul for sale, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall Bridge, London, UK
The pigs of today are the hams of tomorrow, PAC, Plymouth, UK

2009
Eat the rich, Watermill Brooklyn Gallery, New York, NY
Mesh, Antoniette Godkin Gallery, Auckland, New Zeland
I’ll wait for you at the rise of the morning star, Live at Watermill Center, New York, USA
The Gallery and the store, Marc De Puechredon Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2008
Vienna Biennale, Vienna, Austria
Award Riccardo Pezza, LA Triennale Milano, Milano, Italy

2007
Kitakyushu Biennal, Kitakyushu, Japan
The Aesthetic of anxiety, Marc De Puechredon Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Soap Gallery, Kitakyushu, Japan

Artist Residences and Prizes

Distinctive Young Artist Award, La Fondazione NY, New York US 2016
PREMIO ICONA, Museo Mart, Rovereto, IT, 2013
KEMPINSKI ART PROGRAM, Jakarta, IND – January / March 2012
WATERMILL CENTER, South Hampton, USA – March / April 2011
LOCATION ONE, New York, USA – November 2010 / March 2011
FABRICA, Treviso, IT - June 2004 / June 2005