Salvatore Arancio


Born in Catania, Italy in 1974. Lives and works in London. He received his MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art.

His artistic signature is photo-etching, but he works across a range of media such as sculpture, collage, animation and video. Arancio’s main interest lies in the potential of images. Departing from their literal meaning, he creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. He looks to nature and science for his sources of inspiration, while unsettling any hint of the sublime by re-framing the images and the viewer’s experience. His constructed landscapes contain a sense of both the familiar and the unknown that enhances their symbolic readings and implications.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: Evolutionary Travels, Foundación Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016); Travelling circular labirints, Museo Civico di Castelbuono, Castelbuono, Palermo, Italy (2016); The Water They Dwell In, Quartz Studio, Turin, Italy (2016); Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland (2016); Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, GB (2016); Cafe Oto, London, UK (2016); Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e di Ravenna e Museo Civico e Medievale, Bologna, Italy (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2015); The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015); Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers, Vienne, France (2015); Project 09: Salvatore Arancio, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK (2015); Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2015); Transition Gallery, Regent Studios, London, UK (2015); Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, UK (2015); Pump House Gallery, London, UK (2015); Patrick Studio’s Project Space, Leeds, UK (2015); (Off)icielle, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris (22-26 October 2014); Cinéphémère, FIAC, Paris (22-26 October 2014); Ensapc Ygrec, Paris, France (2014); AV Festival, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); Hayward Touring, UK (2013-2014); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (2013).

Arancio was selected for Ceramics Fellowship, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2014/2015); the Résidences Internationales aux Recollets, Paris, France, 2013; Sundaymorning@ekwc, European Ceramic WorkCentre, SG ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; Wysing Arts Center Artist Residency, Cambridge, UK and Artist Residency and Ceramic Workshop, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza in 2012. He won The Elephant Trust Grant, London and The Art Omi Residency, New York in 2011, the Premio ‘New York’ in 2009 and was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2006.

Link: Contemporary Art Society