Federico Solmi was born in Bologna in 1973.
Lives and works in New York.Private collections
Marlene Meyerson, New York – Santa Fe
Mary Beebe, Los Angeles, CA
Steve Shane, New York, NY
C J and Renee Follini, New York, NY
Lisa and Arturo Mosquera, Miami, FL
Jean-Edouard Van Praet, Belgium
Arnaud Oliveux, Paris, France
Carlo Cannizzo, Mexico City
Alan Journo and Michela Moro, Milan, Italy
Carlo Clerici, Brescia, Italy
Armando Porcari, Rome, Italy
Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti, Rome, Italy
Collezione Marchina, Milan, Italy
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for the United States and Canada,
awarded in the year 2009 with the fellowship in the category Video & Audio Museum Exhibition and Biennial
7th Berlin Biennial: ArtWiki: digital venue of the 7th Berlin Biennale, curated by Artur Zmijewski and Pit Schultz, April 27 – July 1, 2012
2011Italians Do It Better!
, curated by Matteo Bittanti and Domenico Quaranta, Sala dei Laneri, Venice, June 1– November 27 (collateral show of 54th Venice Biennial)Analog to digital
, LACDA - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CAPLAY/ START
, STARTMILANO 2011, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Milano
Douche bag City, Czech Center in collaboration with Vernon Gallery Prague, Prague, from 19th July to 31th August
SANTA FE BIENNIAL - SITE Santa Fe, Eighth International Biennial exhibition, curated by
Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco, 1606 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 18 th June 2010 to 2th January 2011
The Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, curated by Nathalie Hénon Jean-François,
Place Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, from 28 th November to 7th December, 2008, traveling
to CA2M der Welt, Berlin, Germany, from 30th June to 5th July, 2009
Impakt highlights: your space, National Center for Contemporary of Nizhny Novgorod, 11
Piskunova Street, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, December 17
Supermodern – nothing is what it seem, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow,
curated by Lee Wells, Zoologicheskaya st., 13, build. 2, Moscow, Russia, from 12 th to 26th
XVI Quadriennale di Roma, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, curated by Lorenzo Canova, Via
Nazionale 194, Rome, Italy, from 19th June to 14th September
Experimenta, Italian Minister of Foreign Afairs, curated by Maurizio Calvesi, Lorenzo Canova,
Marco Meneguzzo and Marisa Vescovo, Collezione Farnesina, Piazzale della Farnesina 1, Rome, Italy, July
Cartoons, Comics in Contemporary Art, Museum of Castel Sant’Elmo, Largo S. Martino, 1,
Naples, Italy, from 27th April to 5th May
Saison Video 2007, Espace Croisé, Contemporary Art Centre, Rouboix, Grand Place, 59100
Roubaix, from 13th to 31th March
On the edge of vision, Victoria Memorial Museum of Calcutta; National Gallery of Modern Art,
New Delhi; and National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India, curated by Lorenzo Canova,
from February to September
Emerging Animators Screening, Drawing Center New York, 35 Wooster Street, New York,
Napoli Presente, Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Via dei Mille, 60,
Naples, Italy, from 25th November 2005 to 6th February 2006Solo Exhibitions
Italian cultural institute of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, April
Chinese Democracy and The Last Day on Earth, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA, September – October, 2012
2011The Swine Philosophy
, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz, Austria
Conner Contemporary Art (CCA), Washington, DC , from 30th October to 18th December
A Confederacy of Villains, Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, Italy, from 23th September to
Chinese Democracy and the last day on earth, ADN Gallery, Enric Granados, 49, Barcelona,
Spain, from September to October
From Uterus to Grave with no Happy Ending, Vernon Galerie, Janovskeho, Prague, dates to
From Uterus to Grave with no Happy Ending, Gallery s.e, Sandbrogaten 3, 5003 Bergen,
Norway, dates to be scheduled
Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/ Madrid, Reina Sofa National Museum, from 12th
to 21th April
Volta show New York, Presented by ADN Gallery Barcelona, 7 West 34th Street, New York,
from 4th to 7th March
From Uterus to Grave with no Happy Ending, LMAK Projects, 139 Eldridge street, New York,
from January to February
Walking with the devil, NOT Gallery Contemporary Art Factory, P.zza Trieste e Trento, Naples,
Italy, from 14th May to 12th June
The Evil Empire, LMAK Projects/Elga Wimmer PCC Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, # 310, New
York, from 20th March 20 to 19th April
The Evil Empire, ADN Gallery, Enric Granados, 49, Barcelona, Spain, from 27th March to 3th
The Evil Empire, Pascal Vanhoecke Gallery, 21, rue des Filles du Calvaire, 21, Paris, France,
from 8th March to 5th April
The Evil Empire, Gallery s.e, Sandbrogaten 3, 5003 Bergen, Norway, from December 2007 to
King Kong and The End of the World, ADN Gallery, Enric Granados, 49, Barcelona, Spain,
from May to June
The Giant, NOT Gallery Contemporary Art Factory, P.zza Trieste e Trento, Naples, Italy, from
12th May 12 to 12th July
Rocco Never Dies, Gallery Boreas, 133-A Roebling Street, Brooklyn, New York, from 25 th
February to 27th March
Rocco Never Dies, Fabio Paris Art Gallery, Via Alessandro Monti 13, Brescia, Italy, from 24 th
February to 24th March
Film & Video Festivals
Atopic Festival 2011, 3rd Edition of the International Festival of Machinima Films, Paris, Paris
26. Kassel Documentary Film & Video festival, Kassel, Germany, from 10th to 15th November
TINA B. NEW ERA, The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, the Threshold of Noosphere,
curated by Blanca De La Torre, Prague, from 8th to 25th October
ImpakT Festival 2009, Theater Kikker and Filmtheater‘t Hoogt, Utrecth, Netherland, from 14 th
to 18th October
Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Pesaro, Pesaro, Italy, from 21th to 29th June
Art Tech Media 2008, curated by Blanca De La Torre, Cordoba, Spain, from 26 th to 28th
Video Art Festival #003, Harvestworks digital media arts center, curated by Nicole J.
Caruth, 596 Broadway #602, New York, from 24th to 26th September
Miaf – Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image,
Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne Australia, from 16 th to 22th June
ImpakT Festival 2008, Theater Kikker and Filmtheater‘t Hoogt, Utrecth, Netherland, from 7 th
to 11th May
Cortoons, Teatro Palladium, piazza Bartolomeo Romano 8, Rome, Italy, from 27 th to 30th
F.E.M 2007 - Festival Edition Madrid, Madrid, Spain, from 18 th to 30th October
Viedeomedeja 06 - 10th International Video Festival, The Museum of Voivodina, Novi Sad,
Serbia, from 15th to 17th December
Cineambiente – International Environmental Film Festival, Corso Regina Margherita 73, Turin,
Italy, from 27th to 31th October
Emerging Filmakers, Moving Image Centre, 17 Galatos St, Newton, Auckland, New Zealand,
Miaf, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Australia, from 20th to 25th June
Outvideo 2006 – Russia International Video Art Festival, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Voronezh,
Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Russia, from 5 th June to 5th July
Of Loop Festival, Barcelona International Video Festival, Barcelona, Spain, from 10 th to 21th
IndieLisboa, Lisbon International Independent Film Festival 2006, Lisbon, Portugal, from 20 th
to 30th April
Independent Exposure Film Festival, The Axiom Theatre, Houston, Texas, March 11
Impakt Film Festival 2005, Theater Kikker, Utrecht, Holland, from 7th to 11th December
DIVA Bruxelles – Digital and Video Art Fair, The Warehouse 2, Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port /
B, Bruselles, Belgium, April 15
DIVA New York – Digital and Video Art Fair, Embassy Suites Hotel, New York, NY, from 11 th to
Party headquarters: ART IN THE AGE OF POLITICAL ABSURDITY, curated by Eleanor Heartney, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, September 25 – November 9, 2012
(ex)communicate, Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Via Lambro 7, Milan, Italy, from 21 th Jenuary to 24th February
THE BEST IS YET TO COME...., Gallery Glance, Via San Massimo, 45 Turin, Italy, from 30 th June
to 8th August
Usine des reves, 26cc space for contemporary art, curated by Sabrina Vedevotto, Via
Castruccio Castracane, 26 Rome, Italy, from 4 th April 4 to 10th May
The Practice of joy before death; it just would not be a party without you , Scaramouche c/o
Fruit and Flower Deli Gallery, 53 Stanton Street, New York, NY, from 28 th February to 19th
Trickle-down theory, curated by Riiko Sakkinen Judas Arrieta, Korjaamo gallery, toolonkatu
51b, Helsinki, Finland, April 17
I Mostri, Galerie Van Der Stegen, curated by Yann Perol, 4 rue de Trévise, Paris, France, from
13th January to 15th February
COLORING BOOK, LMAK Projects, 60 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, New York, September
WORKS ON PAPER, Gallery s.e, Sandbrogaten 3, 5003 Bergen, Norway, from 27 th September
to 12th October
5 IS JUST A NUMBER, ADN Gallery, Enric Granados, 49, Barcelona, Spain, from 6 th May to 31th
OPLA’_Video Animation from Italy, Galerie Vanessa Quang, curated by Rafaele Gavarro, 7,
rue des Filles du calvaire, Paris, France, from 15th March to 17th April
MACO MEXICO, presented by LMAK projects Gallery, Centro Banamex, Av Conscripto 311,
Lomas de Sotelo, Mexico City, from 23th to 27th April
ART BRUSSELS presented by ADN Gallery, Brussels Expo - Halls 11 & 12, Place de Belgique,
1 BE 1020 Brussels, Belgium, from 18th to 21th April
FLICKER FUSION, Diverse Work Art Space, 1117 E. Freeway, Houston, Texas, curated by
Diane Barber, from 11th January to 23th February
EXTREMES & IN-BETWEENS, Dorsky Curatorial Program, curated by Joshua Altman, With
Cecily Brown, Robert Breer, Martha Colburn, Brent Green, Ezra Johnson, David Shrigley,
Naoyuki Tsuji, 11-03 45th Avenue Long Island City, NY, from 18 th November 2007 to 27th
DRAWING OUT, Galleria Biagiotti, curated by Lorenzo Giusti, Via delle Belle Donne 39/ r,
Firenze, Italy, from December 2007 to January 2008
POETIC TERRORISM, FEM 2007 – Festival Edicion Madrid, curated by Elga Wimmer, with
Jeremy Blake, Martha Colburn, Madrid, Spain, from 18 th to 30th October
Nuit Blanche2007, Espace des Blancs Mateaux, Association Les Puces de l’Art 19, Rue Jules
Romain, 75019 Paris, France, October 6 - 7
Art Brussels, presented by ADN Gallery, Brussels Expo - Halls 11 & 12, Place de Belgique, 1
BE 1020 Brussels, Belgium, from 20th to 23th April
Lecture – Panel
Federico Solmi – lecture, Andrea Cillo introduces, Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan
Visiting Artist – moderator, Professor Laura Mova, Bloomfeld College, New Jersey, April
Visiting Artist – moderator, Artist Michael Alan, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 st, New
York, NY, July 21
Motion Graphics in Contemporary Art, moderator Professor Alexander Reyna, School of
Visual Art, 141 West 21 street, New York, NY, October 13
Controversial Art Past and Present, moderator Elga Wimmer, Artist Talk on Art, School of
Visual Art, 209 East 23st, New York, NY, September 26
Impakt invites Federico Solmi, moderator Chris Keulemans, Impakt Festival 2008, Film
Theater Hoogt, Utrecht, Netherlands, May 8
Introduction to Contemporary Art, Emerging Artist, Guggenheim Museum, lecture organized
by Renee'Vara, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, March 15
Visiting students, moderator Professor Francesca Romana Morelli, Accademia di Belle Arti di
Napoli, Naples, Italy, May 11
Heartney E., The global culture war, Art in America, October 2011, pp. 118 – 123.
Debora Ferrari, Luca Traini a cura di, Arte e Videogames. Neoludica 2011 – 1966, Skira, Milan, Italy
AA.VV., Illuminazioni, 54. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte. La Biennale di Venezia, Marsilio, Venezia
Federico Solmi – vol. I, monographic catalogue, Charta Books, Milan, Italy
(ex)communicate, exhibition catalogue, Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, Italy
Impresa Pittura, curated by Rafaele Gavarro and Claudio Libero Pisano, CIAC – Centro
Internazionale per l'Arte Contemporanea of Genazzano, May 15 – September 26, 2010,
Cristian Maretti Editore, Rome
Paladini E., “Solmi omaggia la street-culture americana”, Corriere dell’Arte, Italy, October 3,
Besio A.,”Il discepolo di Cattelan manda il Papa all’Inferno”, La Repubblica, Italy, September
S.C., “A Confederacy of Villains”, Art Style, Italy, Summer 2010.
De Walt R., “Federico Solmi – Apocalypse Already”, Pasatiempo,New Mexico, June 18-24,
Costa I., “Libertà è... essere artista a NY”, Oggi, Italy, March 23, 2010
Federico Solmi - From Uterus to Grave with No Happy Ending, Lmak Project, NY
Federico Solmi, monographic catalogue, Evolutha, Lugo (RA), Italy
Chini M., “Drawing out”, Flash Art, Italy, February-March 2008.
Sculze T., "Flicker Fusion", Houston Press, Houston, USA, January 31, 2008.
Lombardi D.D., Culture Catch, New York, USA, January 21, 2008.
Fauskanger K., “Federico Solmi The Evil Empire”, Bergen Tidende, December 15, 2007.
Romani R., “Federico Solmi”, Marie Claire, Italy, October 2007.
Politi M., ‘Tutte le religioni unite: “Basta violenza”’, la Repubblíca, Italy, October 2007.
Rosaspina E., “Un papa re del Male: polemica a Madrid”, Corriere Della Sera, Italy, October
Pellegrino R., “Un cartone porno sul Vaticano in mostra a Madrid”, il Giornale, Italy, October
Naldi P., ‘Solmi? “Videoartista blasfemo”’, la Repubblíca, Italy, October 2007.
Monea B., “Un papa re del Male: polemica a Madrid”, UAAR Ultimissime, Italy, October 2007.
Moreira F., ‘Um Papa que “ama o porno”’, GloboOnline, Brazil, October 2007.
Grau A., “Un video porno de un falso Papa se cuela en la muestra FEM-7”, El Pais, Spain,
Orisson, “Pues yo me cisco en tu padre”, Blog De Orisson, Spain, October 2007.
Perez C., “Una exposicion injuria al Papa”, La Razon, Spain, October 2007
Torres D., “¡Que se nos ha “colao” un video!”, A-Desk, Spain, October 2007.
Barrio A.D., Becares R., “Ayuntamiento y Comunidad patrocinan una exposicion en la que se
agravia al Papa”, El Mundo, Spain, October 2007.
Fuencisla C., “Gallardon, presidente de honor de la entidad que patrocino en Madrid la
exposicion porno de agravio al Papa”, HazteOir.org, Spain, October 2007.
J. S., “Urbana 69, un Papa ultra-polèmico”, ciudad.com, Spain, October 2007
Bigou A., “The Evil Empire”, Le blog fait pour vous, France, October 2007.
Collu S., “A.D. 2046: internet, lussuria e luci rosse in Vaticano”, korazym.org, Italy, October
Editor, “Futuristische paus geeft van katoen met nonnen en schapen”, HLN.be, Belgium,
Editor, “Pornoanimatie met paus in hoofdrol”, Krux, Belgium, October 2007.
Boenzi F., “Naples: Notgallery Contemporary”, London, September 2007.
Canova L., “Federico Solmi”, On the Edge of Vision, India, September 2007.
Aoristias, “On the Edge of Vision”, ArteCultura, Italy, March 2007.
Gourmelon M., “Federico Solmi King Kong and the End of the World”, Saison Video 2007,
France, March 2007.
Soumitra D., “When Art Breaks the Boundaries”, The Telegraph, Calcutta, February 19, 2007.
Bradley K., “Fountain of Youth”, ArtNet.com, New York, January 2007.
Cucci B., “Ha trovato l’America animando la Grande Mela”, Il Resto del Carlino, Bologna,
January 25, 2007.
Klaasmeyer K., “The Flat File: Works on Paper and Video”, Houston Press, January 25, 2007.
Editor, “Tips & Picks”, NY Arts, 2006.
Nurra M., “Federico Solmi”, Thesis for Accademia di Brera di Milano, Milan, 2006. Canova L.,
“Fuoriluogo 10”, Galleria Limiti Chiusi, Italy, September 16, 2006.
Nastro S., “Federico Solmi”, Espoarte, Italy, August 2006.
Anderson M., “Federico Solmi”, Animal Magazine, New York, July 2006.
Lopez A., Martinez A., “De fuera vendran”, Lavanguardia, Barcelona, June 14, 2006.
Cuesta M., “King Kong and the End of the World”, King Kong and the End of the World,
Barcelona, May 2006.
Editor, “Federico Solmi”, ArtNotes, Spain, May 2006.
Torres D.G., “¿Qué tendrá el dibujo?”, a-desk.org, Barcelona, May 12, 2006.
Martinez R., “Loop 2006”, artfacts.net, London, May 20, 2006.
Pepe A., “Meghiddo”, Exibart.com, Italy, April 5, 2006.
Tammarazio F., “Federico Solmi per video@MIART”, Teknemedia.net, Italy, March 16, 2006.
Izzolino M., “Beautiful Nature”, Premio Mauro Manara, Bologna, March 11, 2006.
Editor, “Regeneration Room at LMAKprojects”, ArtInfo, New York, February 23, 2006.
Caliandro C., “Se Il cinema fosse uno scimmione?”, Exibart on Paper, Italy, December 2005.
Tonelli M., “‘a’ la une, copertina raccontata dall’artista King Kong and the End of the World2,
Exibart on Paper, Italy, December 2005.
Editor, “Digital and Video Diva2, art actuel, France, September 2005.
Greico L., “Federico Solmi”, Flash Art Italia, Italy, September 2005.
Wagner J., “Federico Solmi is King Kong”, jameswagner.com, New York, September 3, 2005.
Beatrice L., “Leaving Home”, Flash Art Italia, Italy, July 2005.
Boenzi F., “Federico Solmi, The Giant”, Exibart on Paper, Italy, June 2005.
Brigante A., “Sussurri e Grida”, Arte, Italy, June 2005.
Marsala, H., “Fuga di cervelli”, Exibart on Paper, Italy, June 2005.
Beatrice L., “Serrone, Biennale Giovani di Monza”, Serrone di Villa Reale, Monza, Italy, June
Di Raddo E., “Rocco Never Dies”, Tema Celeste, Milan, May 2005.
Bombelli I., “Italiani all’estero”, Flash Art Italia, Italy, April 2005.
Giacomelli M. E., “Rocco Never Dies”, Exibart on Paper, Italy, April 2005.
BEATRICE L., “Rocco non muore mai”, Duellanti, Italy, April 2005.
Wagner J., “Federico Solmi at Boreas”, jameswagner.com, New York, March 2005.
Tonelli M., “Federico Solmi, Interview”, Exibart.com, Italy, January 2005.
Akkam A., “Crazy World”, Daily News, New York, October 14, 2004.
Giacomelli M. E., “Da lontano era un’isola”, Exibart, September 2004.
Gazzotti M., “Federico Solmi”, Da lontano era un’isola, Milan, September 8, 2004.
Editor, “da Lontano era un’Isola”, Flash Art Italia, Italy, August 2004.
Naldi F., “Negative Icons”, Safe Journey, Italy, 2003.
Editor, “Safe Journey Giornata all’insegna della sicurezza’”, City Milan, December 2003.
Editor, “Auto distrutte in mostra un appello per strade secure”, Corriere della Sera, Milan,
December 5, 2003.
Editor, “Safe Journey mostra personale di Federico Solmi”, La Repubblica, Milan, December
Tedesco A., “Interviste Piu' Meno Classiche ai Protagonisti del Mondo Dell'Arte”, Teknemedia,
Italy, November 26, 2003.
Editor, “Safety is theme in show by Italian Artist Federico Solmi”, Mercury, Ontario, October
Balli R., “Art In The 21st Century”, Federico Solmi, Bologna, January 23, 2003.
Pasquini S., “Artist’s Room”, Federico Solmi, Bologna, January 23, 2003