Davide Balliano Portrait
Davide Balliano (b. 1983)
Turin, Italy
 Lives and works in New York, New York

Davide Balliano's 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.


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

Solo Exhibitions

L'Attesa, Museo Novecento, Florence, Italy
Culebra, Dirimart, Istanbul

Bottega Veneta Maison, New York
MARCA - Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro, Italy

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

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

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

Four o Four, Room Est, New York, NY

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

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

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

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

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

Homemade, Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Springs, NY 
The Dark Side / The Bright Side, Johny Abrahams - Davide Balliano, Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Denmark 

For Mario - Tina Kim Gallery, New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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